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Benefits of membership

Raise your professional credibility with tutors, clients and employers

  • Show that you have high professional values and aspirations by joining the UK’s largest professional body for counselling and psychotherapy
  • Demonstrate your commitment to safe, ethical and competent practice by signing up to our  Ethical Framework and Professional Conduct Procedure
  • Start off on a clear career path that can help you achieve registration and accreditation

Develop your knowledge and skills

Get professional support

  • Free ethics support service should you need to discuss an ethical dilemma
  • Access to information and guidance in the members-only area of our website
  • Representation of your, and your profession’s, interests to government bodies, opinion formers, employers and the general public

Find new opportunities

Make connections

  • Specialist divisions, providing journals and networking events focused on specific fields of counselling (optional, additional membership subscription required)
  • Discounted places at BACP’s conferences and events, giving you  the opportunity to network with other practitioners and students

Responsibilities of membership

To ensure that the standards for BACP membership and the profession are maintained, we also expect certain commitments from you. 

These place a number of specific requirements upon you, including ongoing supervision, keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date, having adequate insurance and providing records for audit, if requested. Please make sure you understand these responsibilities before you apply.