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BPS meet with All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence

07 March 2017

British Psychological Society comment on 28 February meeting with APPG group.

Representatives from the British Psychological Society (BPS) were among leading psychotherapy organisations who met with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence at Westminster on 28 February.

As a result of the meeting, the organisations agreed to create professional guidance for their members when working with clients who are taking or withdrawing from psychiatric medications.

There was also a consensus on the urgent need for evidence-based guidance for members in this area, and that a steering group would be set up to begin the formal process of developing this guidance, which would be relevant to around 70,000 therapists.

Professor Peter Kinderman, President of the BPS, commented:

"As a psychological therapy organisation we are well aware of the harm that inappropriate medication can cause. There is an urgent need to ensure that people are being given clear, practical, and evidence-based guidance when the decision is made to withdraw from prescribed psychiatric medication. This is a complex and difficult journey and it is unacceptable to watch from the sidelines whilst people attempt to navigate it.

As psychological therapists we must be able to offer appropriate help and support that serves the best interest of the client, something for which we require high-quality professional guidance. I am sure that this initiative will prove to be a significant help for the many thousands of people who wish to withdraw from psychiatric medication."

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