Dr Dwight Turner

PRESENTATION: Exploring the Intersectional Pitfalls of SCoPEd.

Regulation is coming!

SCoPEd is the first step in an attempt by our governing bodies to standardise training’s within our profession. Driven as much by a need to contain the individualistic practices within private organisations, it is also an attempt to prepare counselling and psychotherapy for regulation when it comes over the hill in the very near future. I, Dr Dwight Turner, have concerns about this, especially when it comes to issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Taking an intersectional approach to this exploration of SCoPEd, it is important to recognise that the overarching, oppressive status of capitalism may lead to deepening classism, elitism and misogyny and the other may feel an increasing marginalisation from our rich profession. This presentation therefore considers some of these barriers to training that will not necessarily be smoothed out via SCoPEd, but may become larger and more difficult to define, but also offers one or two suggestions for how SCoPEd could, it were to go ahead, become more inclusive.


Dr Dwight Turner is Course Leader on the Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Course at the University of Brighton, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge. An activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy, Dr Turner can be contacted via his website www.dwightturnercounselling.co.uk and can be followed on Twitter at @dturner300.