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Benefits of BACP student membership
"BACP is very useful in helping me keep abreast of developments, develop opinions and ideas and if necessary find people who can assist me"
Members' Discussion Board
Launched in 2009, the student members' discussion board is a way for members to communicate with one another on the issues that are important to them.
The discussion board can be used to ask advice, discuss experiences and share information.
You may be having difficulty with your course or workload and want to get the opinion of others in a similar situation, you may have read a really useful book and want to recommend it to other students or be looking for suggestions on where to find a placement or what to do after your course.
Whatever you choose to discuss is entirely up to you but we hope the discussion board will provide student members with a place to bring ideas and issues to the attention of other students and to BACP.
All we ask is that you respect other forum users, refrain from using offensive language and remember confidentiality issues where necessary.
therapy today is a professional magazine published by BACP on a monthly basis (except in January and August). It is a useful way of keeping up to date with news and developments within counselling and psychotherapy.
Therapy Today now contains a column written by a student member describing their experiences as they train.
Free Access to Information Sheets
As a member of BACP you will be able to access almost 50 information sheets in the members' area free of charge.
The information sheets can act as a useful guideline covering topics such as setting up in private practice, confidentiality, record keeping and online counselling.
Non-members are able to purchase hard copies of the information sheets at £2.50 per copy.
BACP realises that the demand for placements far exceeds the availibility. Therefore, we have compiled a list of organisations that offer placements. Student Members of BACP can access the Placement Database to search for a placement in their area.
All BACP members are asked to adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy .
The Ethical Framework is a tool that can be used by members to guide them on best practice issues. It also demonstrates to potential clients that you work in an ethical way.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal (CPR)
The CPR is a quarterly journal linking research with practice. Each quarter, articles on recent research in counselling and psychotherapy are published.
Topics included in the past include, "How competent are trainee and newly qualified counsellors to work with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients and what do they perceive as their most effective learning experiences?", "In-session processes in online counselling with young people" and "Informing supervision practice through research".
BACP produces books on a range of topics ranging from counselling children and young people to online counselling. Members will receive preferential rates when purchasing publications from the BACP Shop .
BACP organises numerous events each year including the BACP Annual Conference, divisional events and workshops on legal issues and accreditation.
Student members will receive preferential rates on BACP events.
BACP is also looking to hold an event specifically for student members in 2010 so keep checking the website for more details.
Even as a student it is important to ensure you are covered by insurance when seeing clients.
You should check whether you are covered by the organisation where you are seeing clients and if not, should ensure you have personal indemnity cover.