Use of Recovered Memory Therapy by Psychologists

LJ Brogan made this Freedom of Information request to Health and Care Professions Council

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Dear Health and Care Professions Council,

I understand that Freedom of Information requests regarding the British Psychological Society (BPS) should be directed to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). My request is in regards to any information that can be provided by the HCPC regarding the use of Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT) by current and former members of the BPS. I would also like to know if either the HCPC or BPS has any data, research or information that links RMT to proven or suspected cases of False Memory Syndrome (FMS).

I believe in 1996 the psychiatrist Professor Brandon wrote a paper that suggested, with scientific evidence, that the use of RMT that allows patients to recall repressed memories is a myth however this report was not released until in 1998. Techniques that, I understand, cover RMT include the following: check lists, drug-induced abreaction, hypnosis, age regression, dream interpretation, survivors groups ad bibliotherapy.

I would like to know if -
Has the BPS banned, or dissuaded, the use of RMT amongst psychologists?
Does the BPS have any research, statistics or evidence, that suggests patients with certain conditions e.g. depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorder, drug and/or alcohol abuse problems are more susceptible to FMS?
Does the BPS have any research, statistics or evidence that suggests patients with certain conditions e.g. depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, drug and/or alcohol abuse problems seeking mental health treatment are more likely to be treated using RMT?
Can the use of RMT on alcoholics lead to confabulations that reinforce FMS?
Does the BPS have statistics or information regarding complaints made by patients experiencing FMS following psychological treatment?
Does the BPS have information regarding how many complaints were made each year prior to the report by Professor Brandon in 1998 by patients experiencing FMS following RMT?

Many thanks if you are willing, and able, to provide any information in regards to my queries.

Yours faithfully,

LJ Brogan

FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Dear LJ Brogan

 

Thank you for your email dated 9 October 2017.

 

The information you request is not held by the Health and Care Professions
Council. You should contact the British Psychological Society directly.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Maxine Pryce

Information Governance Officer

 

Health and Care Professions Council

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your reply.

Are you able to provide me the British Psychological Society's Freedom of Information contact details?

I will be grateful if you can provide an email address, or telephone number, so that I can request the information directly from them.

Yours sincerely,

LJ Brogan

FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Dear LJ Brogan

 

The British Psychological Society can be contacted at
[1][email address] or telephone 0116 254 9568.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Maxine Pryce

Information Governance Officer

 

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU

[2]www.hcpc-uk.org

 

To sign up to our e-newsletter, please email [3][email address]

 

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Correspondence is welcome in English or Welsh / Gallwch ohebu yn Gymraeg
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Dear FOI,

Unfortunately the email you provided was hidden therefore I am unable to send an email.

Yours sincerely,

LJ Brogan