I am pleased to announce that having passed my certificate of proficiency I am now a BACP registered counsellor Brighton, a fully registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
So… what does that mean?
Well, the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists is a public record of therapists who have met the BACP’s standards for registration. For some clients it is enough to know that a therapist belongs to a relevant professional body, that the experts have signed them off as fully competent.
However, if you are one of those clients (or possible future clients) who prefers to understand the system in a little more detail, this is for you.
A BACP registered counsellor Brighton has undertaken very thorough training, completing at least 450 tutor contact hours, over at least two years, although in most cases (including mine) practitioners have already completed two introductory courses before gaining access to the diploma. An integral part of this training must be a supervised placement, where the therapist gains at least 100 hours of practical experience with real clients. And the training is required by the BACP to cover theory, skills, professional issues and personal development.
In my case I undertook, over a period of four years, two introductory courses at Varndean College Brighton & Hove and City College Brighton & Hove; the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Therapy at Northbrook College Sussex; and completed my clinical placement at the Rock Clinic Association in Brighton.
The other standards for registration are supervision, continuing professional development, and a commitment to the BACP Ethical Framework.
According to the BACP,
“The main purpose of the Register is to protect the public. It provides reassurance to clients, employers and the general public that a registered therapist adheres to high standards of proficiency and good practice.”
The next stage after registration, for more experienced practitioners, is accreditation, which requires demonstration of even higher levels of knowledge, experience and development. I am currently working towards accreditation and should be eligible to make the application later this year.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.