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Welcome from BACP

  • Please select from the list below, the information to view to the right
  • About BACP
    • Aims and objectives
  • Regulation Update
    • Important updates on Regulation
  • What is therapy?
    • Andrew Reeves outlines his definition of what therapy is
  • What to expect?
    • Andrew Reeves provides an overview what you may expect

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.

As the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, BACP aim to increase public understanding of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy, raise awareness of what can be expected from the process of therapy and promote education and/or training for counsellors and psychotherapists.

Read more about BACP's history and structure.

In December 2012 the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously the CHRE) will launch a scheme to accredit voluntary registers for unregulated health and social care professions and occupations.

BACP has been working in with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care since 2010 on the development of this scheme and is one of five organisations currently piloting the standards and the processes.

BACP has reviewed its own Register in the light of the proposed standards and plans to make an early application for the accreditation of its register. Read more about the BACP Register.

BACP Definition of Counselling

Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.

Latest from BACP

  • News
    • Cataloguing the latest news, publications and opportunities
  • In The Media
    • Some of the latest media articles referencing counselling or BACP
  • Events
    • Listing the recently confirmed events near you
  • Regulation
    • Updates to the regulatory policies and associated events
  • Web Design & Hosting
    • Examples of some of our latest bespoke website designs
  • CPD / Online Learning
    • BACP's online cpd modules
  • CPD Directory
    • Providing a source of information on CPD opportunities from participating providers.
  • Jobs Online
    • The most recent counselling and therapy based jobs
  • TherapyToday.net
    • Visit the website of the BACP journal
  • CPR Journal
    • Linking Research with Practice

Professional Development Days Events - 04 January 2013

BACP's Student Event 2013 - 'Making the future yours'Events - 19 December 2012

BACP SummitEvents - 18 December 2012

New research into the carer's of those with dementiaResearch - 18 December 2012

Read December's Therapy TodayTherapy Today News - 11 December 2012

Seedcorn Funding 2013Research - 26 July 2012

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BACP welcomes a commitment by NICE to review its methods for assessing the evidence base for talking therapiesBACP welcomes a commitment by NICE to review its methods for assessing the evidence base for talking therapiesPress Release - 19th December 2012

BACP Responds to Government’s Pledge on Mental Health BACP Responds to Government’s Pledge on Mental Health Press Release - 13th November 2012

On National Stress Awareness Day: The Role of Counselling in Reducing Workplace StressOn National Stress Awareness Day: The Role of Counselling in Reducing Workplace StressPress Release - 7th November 2012

BACP publish Interpreting and Engaging with Local Change, a Commissioning Guide for BACP MembersBACP publish Interpreting and Engaging with Local Change, a Commissioning Guide for BACP MembersPress Release - 31st October 2012

Ed Miliband’s Speech to the Royal College of PsychiatristsEd Miliband’s Speech to the Royal College of PsychiatristsStatement - 29th October 2012

Together for Mental Health – A Response to the Welsh Government’s New Ten-Year Mental Health StrategyTogether for Mental Health – A Response to the Welsh Government’s New Ten-Year Mental Health StrategyStatement - 23rd October 2012

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Accreditation Workshop, Bristol15 January 2013

Professional Development Day: Supervision Skills, Dilemmas And Challenges, Newcastle Upon Tyne16 January 2013

Certificate Of Proficiency London Morning Session, London19 January 2013

Certificate Of Proficiency London Afternoon Session, London19 January 2013

Professional Development Day: Ethically Set Up, Market And Develop A Successful Private Practice, Norwich25 January 2013

Professional Development Day: Counselling Confidentiality, Data Protection And Access To Records, Birmingham25 January 2013

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Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) Workshops

Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) Work is continuing with CHRE / Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSAHSC). They have held six workshops between July and September. The workshops were on:

• Mitigating risk without statutory regulation
• Handling poor conduct and practice
• Ensuring buy in to assured voluntary registration by the public, employers, commissioners and registrants
• How high should the bar be set for accreditation?
• Review outputs of the workshops. What issues and suggestions have been made - what other factors should be considered - what conclusions might we draw
• Developing the Accreditation Criteria

Two further workshops are to be held on Risk and Impact Assessment which applicant registers will be required to carry out before applying for approval.

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For as little as £7.20 per month BACP can offer you your own therapy website. Below are some of our latest member websites.

www.v2recovery.com www.v2recovery.comV2Recovery offers experienced counselling, psychotherapy and supervisor services in Harrow and the surrounding area.

www.cleastanley.counselling.co.uk www.cleastanley.counselling.co.ukClea Stanley is an experienced Integrative counsellor who is BACP Accredited and works in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Clea draws on CBT, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic theories.

www.annettejohnson.counselling.co.uk www.annettejohnson.counselling.co.ukAnnette Johnson is a BACP Accredited Counsellor who enjoys working with stress at work, addiction to alcohol, drugs and internet pornography as well as personal development and self-esteem.

www.shanesneyd.bacp.co.uk www.shanesneyd.bacp.co.ukShane Sneyd is an Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist who works in the Wolverhampton area and specialises in short and long term therapy.

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Confidentiality: Managing Client Confidences Course Author: Barbara Mitchels

Guidance on how to bring professional obligations to a close Course Author: Sally Despenser

Preparing for supervision and getting the most out of it Course Author: Sally Despenser

Psychopharmacology and counselling and psychotherapy Course Author: Rachel Freeth

Supervisors: how to support your supervisee through the Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation Process Course Author: Patience O'Neill

The therapist's personal safety and care in the workplace Course Author: Sally Despenser

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"Working with Mental Health Disorders" Worcestershire - 1 Jun 2012

Introduction to Online Coaching: Methods, Ethics and Responsible Social Networking (BACP Endorsed) West Lothian - 3 Jul 2012

Attract More Counselling Clients - Modern Marketing for Counsellors (BACP Endorsed) Hampshire - 29 Sep 2012

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY - Counselling confidentiality, data protection and access to records Leicestershire - 2 Feb 2013

Certificate in Supervision "Developing & Enabling the Supervisor Within" (BACP Endorsed) Essex - 9 Mar 2013

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Please note: You must be a BACP member to view full job details.

Trainee Relationship CounsellorCloses: 15 January 2013

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer In Counselling / Counselling Psychology (0.5 Fte)Closes: 16 January 2013

Iapt Counselling Supervisor Co-ordinatorCloses: 15 January 2013

Kooth Counsellor / PsychotherapistCloses: 18 January 2013

Group & Individual Psychological Therapists For Nhs Specialist Weight Management Services (lancs)Closes: 21 January 2013

Outreach Counselling Co-ordinatorCloses: 28 January 2013

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TherapyTodayTherapyToday.net

Therapy Today is the flagship professional journal of BACP. The journal contains informative, authoritative articles on all aspects of counselling and psychotherapy, along with regular features such as columns, news, questionnaires, dilemmas, the latest research studies, reviews and readers' letters.

Published ten times a year, Therapy Today is mailed out free of charge to every member of BACP. You can also subscribe to the journal.

Visit TherapyToday.net, for past articles, to read the latest issue and to access features written exclusively for the website.

View more issues of Therapy Today

CPR Journal

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal's website, features digests of research papers, research news and advance information on the next issue of CPR. Exclusive to the site is an easy to navigate glossary of research terms, book reviews and specially commissioned content that helps practitioners link research with practice.

View more about the CPR Journal