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What professional association are you a member of?

I am a registered, accredited member (number 052900) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which is a professional association of counsellors, and I work according to their Ethical Framework and guidelines on professional standards.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the BACP, then please visit their website www.bacp.co.uk (this will open in a new tab or new window of your internet browser).

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What is meant by the term ‘registered counsellor’?

On its website, the BACP explains that its register of counsellors and psychotherapists is “a public record of therapists who have met our standards for registration”, and that “these standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to our Ethical Framework” (BACP, 2016).

“The BACP Register was established in 2012 and was the first psychological therapists’ register to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. An independent body accountable to Government, the Authority was set up following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to oversee health regulators such as the General Medical Council. It developed the accredited register scheme to quality assure registered practitioners working across a range of social care settings” (BACP, 2016).

“The main purpose of the Register is to protect the public and help you find a therapist you can trust. It aims to reassure clients, employers and the general public that a BACP-registered practitioner adheres to high standards of proficiency, professionalism and good practice” (BACP, 2016).

To find out more about the BACP's register of counsellors, please visit www.bacpregister.org.uk (this will open in a new tab or new window of your internet browser).

What is meant by the term ‘accredited counsellor’?

The BACP describe accreditation as “a quality standard for the experienced practitioner who can demonstrate high standards of competent and ethical practice” (BACP, 2016).

“The accreditation process involves a detailed application and assessment procedure that takes around three to six months to complete”. Counsellors must “demonstrate their own personal understanding of the way they work and how they help their clients to move forward towards a better sense of wellbeing and mental health” (BACP, 2016).

To apply for BACP accreditation, counsellors must:

  • Be a Registered Member of BACP
  • Have successfully completed a BACP-accredited or other appropriate professional training of at least 450 hours
  • Have been in practice for at least three years and completed a minimum of 450 supervised practice hours
  • Have an ongoing supervision arrangement in place for at least 1.5 hours per month
  • Be covered by professional indemnity insurance

To find out more about the BACP's counsellor accreditation scheme, please visit www.bacp.co.uk/accreditation (this will open in a new tab or new window of your internet browser).


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Posted: 27 September 2016.

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