BACP Registered Counsellor Brighton
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?
The BACP Register
The BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists is a public record of therapists who have met the BACP’s standards for registration.
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.”
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 would prefer to understand the system in a little more detail, this is for you.
BACP Registration Requiremements
A BACP registered counsellor has undertaken very thorough training. This involves completing at least 450 tutor contact hours, over at least two years. In most cases (including mine) practitioners have already completed two introductory courses before gaining access to the diploma.
The training is required by the BACP to cover theory, skills, professional issues and personal development. An integral part of this training must also be a supervised placement. This is where the therapist gains at least 100 hours of practical experience with real clients.
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
- a clinical placement at the Rock Clinic Association in Brighton
BACP Ethical Framework
The other standards for registration are
- adequate supervision
- continuing professional development
- a commitment to the BACP Ethical Framework
The next stage after registration, for more experienced practitioners, is accreditation. This 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 next year.