The Ghana Psychological Council (GPC) is questioning the qualification of "controversial" counsellor, George Lutterodt.
The GPC has warned the self acclaimed counsellor to stop parading himself as a professional counsellor because he is not certified.
The group further noted that counsellor Lutterodt is not a registered member of the council and by law he has no right to provide counselling services in any form in Ghana, adding that his continuous rending of counselling service is in breach of ACT 857 of 2013 which is punishable by law.
In an interview with Accra based Kasapa FM, the acting registrar of the Ghana Psychological Council, Dr Dinah Baah-Odoom stated that initially there was no law governing the activities of counsellors and so anybody could provide counselling service or talk about counselling, but noted that the situation has changed with the promulgation of Act 857 in 2013.
“Now before anyone can make any pronouncement concerning counselling that person must be a registered member of the Ghana Psychological Association.
“Counselling is a psychological service although many Ghanaians don’t know, there are certificate and diploma courses for lay counsellors, and Counsellor Lutterodt is not a professional counsellor so we could have registered him as a lay counsellor. I assure you that he’s not a registered member of the association and per the law ACT 857 he’s not supposed to give counselling service,” she opined.
“The Psychological Council is not the least happy with the fact that counsellor holds himself as a counsellor and also finds his position on certain issues condemnable. If you call yourself a counsellor … we are bounded by the code of ethics, so there are things we don’t say and there are others that are outrageous,” she added.