A four nations approach is at the heart of our work. We aim to understand the needs of our members in each nations and reflect these in the services we offer and in our work to promote the counselling profession to decision makers.

Updates - October 2018

We welcome Scottish government funding for school counselling

We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with Clare Haughey MSP, the new Mental Health Minister for Scotland, at Holyrood in September.

Our meeting followed the announcement that the Scottish Government is to invest more than £80 million to support 430 new counsellors in Scotland's schools, colleges and universities. This is in response to our intensive campaigning.

We reinforced with the minister the importance of ensuring that all new roles are paid positions and for appropriately qualified counsellors. They must be trained to work with young people and registered with BACP, COSCA or a PSA-equivalent professional body. We also offered to support the Scottish government through the implementation process.

We'll keep you updated through Therapy Today and this webpage.

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If you would like to find out more about our four nation strategy, please email steve.mulligan@bacp.co.uk