Regulation of Counselling

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

A professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy with over 44000 members. The BACP maintain an Accreditation scheme:

BACP accreditation is a widely-valued quality status for practitioners, organisations and training courses, designed to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development.

It enables clients, employers and practitioners to make an informed decision when choosing a therapist, service or counselling / psychotherapy training.

I achieved BACP Accreditation in 2000. I am required to re-accredit annually and I am only permitted to do this if I have maintained the required standards over the preceding year. This includes the requirement to have monthly supervision and to document my continuing professional development.

The BACP administer a Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Regulation of Counselling

The BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists is a public record of therapists who have met our standards for registration. These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to our Ethical Framework.

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.

I am required to re-register annually and I am only permitted to do this if I have successfully re-accredited. If I continue to meet the criteria I can put Registered Member MBACP (Accred) after my name.

BACP complaints procedure

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