The organisation had been operating on an ad hoc basis for 9 years from 2003 as a support mechanism and focal point for the counselling and therapeutic communities in Northern Ireland.
The organisation has within it several well placed members who sit on various forums and committees with strategic importance to the counselling and therapeutic community in Northern Ireland.
The Forum is now recognised as a focal point for the voice of this community as evidenced at the ‘Working Together’ Conference. The suggestions made at the conference for future work to be done by the Forum clearly show the direction and shape that the membership wish the Forum to take.
The membership have concerns and issues about the perception and status of their professions and wish to debate and discuss these concerns and issues in a way that could be brought to the attention of the decision makers at government and policy level.
The membership wish to see professional standard services being offered to those who require them and want pathways to attain that professionalism available in Northern Ireland.
The Forum and its membership are keenly aware of the added complexities to clients due to the historical conflict in and around Northern Ireland; the effect that this has on counsellor / client relationships and on the difficulties a client may be facing.