Over the past month I have been working on my manifesto. I did not do this alone and I asked a friend to critique my ideas.
Here is one of the comments: “It seems that you are doing a lot for the students but what are you doing for the older members?”
So let me tell you how I see the situation that we are in. Right now most of our members are older members. At 66, I am middle-aged in terms of the age profile of our organisation.
If you vote for me, my duty is not to the present, or the past, but to the future of Psychotherapy.
In a relatively short period of time – maybe 6 years – we will lose a whole tranche of members including those who founded many of our schools.
My responsibility is to create a future…
In Irvin Yollom’s 2015 ‘Creatures of the Day’, the 85 year old writes that he is concerned that the psychotherapy that he loves is in danger of extinction. I have the same fear.
The UKCP at its’ best, is an intelligent conversation between colleagues with widely differing views and political stances. And that is what I wish to preserve for a new generation.
Getting old is not all Saga Cruises and taking the grandchildren to Disney World…but
I am aware of just how difficult and isolating retirement can be and so I intend to set up web space so that retirees can contact each other and meet up on-line. I know that our retirees can not vote, but non-clinical members can. I have no idea why it was decided that retired members don’t get represented so I shall revisit this – if you elect me that is.