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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is BACP getting involved in Coaching?

In recognition of the growing importance of coaching to personal and organisational well being, development and effectiveness, across many parts of society and across membership of the BACP, the Board of BACP decided to establish a Coaching Division. We have many members who coach alongside their counselling and psychotherapy work or in a training / coaching role, or are studying it within academia and research, or working in consultancy. It seems that wherever counselling happens, increasingly so we find coaching.  Hence we established a specialist division to cater for members with interest in this area. As Linda Aspey our founding Chair said: "We are the Coach-Therapists and Therapist-Coaches who seek to integrate aspects of both disciplines into our work, carefully, ethically and effectively, for the benefit of our clients".

Can non-BACP members join the BACP Coaching Division?

No - Coaching Division members must firstly join (and be eligible to join) BACP.  We have several BACP membership categories (Associate, Student, Member and Accredited Member) through which we welcome all levels of experience and training in counselling and psychotherapy. Anyone who's a BACP member in one of these categories can join our Coaching Division (or in fact any of our 6 other divisions). Please note that Affiliate members cannot join BACP divisions. 

I'd like to train as a coach. Can you recommend any courses?

We cannot recommend any particular courses or trainings however we've identified well over 250 courses and plan at some point to create a directory. We have some limited information on the Coach Training Page - but please note mention on that page does not imply endorsement - it is for signposting only.

Does BACP endorse any coach training courses at all?

The Professional Ethics and Quality Standards Committee at BACP has agreed to admit coaching training into CPD endorsement. As BACP members will be aware, CPD is an ongoing comittment for all of us and our professional development. However please note that coaching training cannot be used to evidence professional development criteria for Counsellor/Psychotherapy Accreditation applications. We do not accredit coaches and Endorsement is not the same as Accreditation.

If you run a coach training course and would like to apply for BACP Endorsement, follow this link:  Endorsement Scheme

What about a BACP Ethical Framework for Coaching?

BACP already has a world class Ethical Framework in place for counselling and psychotherapy; and it covers our members for their coaching work too. It may require additional adaptation or guidelines on applying the Ethical Framework to coaching, so this is currently being re-examined. We believe that ethics are of major significance to all our members (and of course their clients), whatever the task.  That is why taking a long good look at ethics is an ongoing project.

How do I get an entry / listing in the "Find a Coach" Facility?

The Find a Coach facility is still in design stage and we're looking at the best way to do this, in discussions with our web designers and BACP staff. We'll keep you posted on all developments and as soon as we are ready to ask for your details, we'll be back in touch.

Where can I find a coaching supervisor? 

We recommend you search on the BACP website in the "Find a Therapist" section for therapists who either say they supervise coaches or who have been trained to coach themselves.

I trained for years to become a qualified and accredited counsellor – why are we now accepting coaches?

A personal response from Linda Aspey, First BACP Coaching Chair "When I first heard of coaching some years ago I was sceptical, equating it with quick fixes, "motivational gurus" and people charging vast sums of money. I had spent years and years training and gaining accreditation in counselling too, so was rather baffled, even annoyed at times.

However I subsequently realised that there are many skilful, ethical and highly trained coaches, (with and without a therapeutic background), who do life enhancing work with clients right across the spectrum - including coaching youngsters to help them to overcome being bullied, coaching ex offenders to develop confidence and avoid reoffending, working with organisations to help them to lead and manage people fairly, effectively and with integrity, and helping "ordinary" people to find and fulfil their potential.  It is these sorts of practitioners (and their clients) for whom the division was formed, at their request. As a membership organisation we have to ensure we are current and relevant to the needs of our members working across a diverse range of modalities, contexts and sectors. And as a currently self regulated organisation, we have to ensure that we define and apply standards to which our members are expected to work. We want to support, inform, guide and assist - it's that simple".