The project began as a collaboration between BACP, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

In November 2020, the project group was expanded to include four more Professional Standards Agency (PSA) Accredited Register bodies; Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), Human Givens Institute (HGI) and National Counselling Society (NCS).

SCoPEd is looking to systematically map existing competences, standards, training and practice requirements within counselling and psychotherapy - using an evidence-based approach to identify the different and overlapping competences between them.

We hope that this ground-breaking work will help to clarify the professions for the public, trainers, employers, clients and patients and other stakeholders in this field.

Counselling Tutor podcast

Listen to a special edition of the Counselling Tutor podcast, where Rory Lees-Oakes interviews BACP’s Caroline Jesper and Jens Bakewell about SCoPEd.

Apology and clarification

We've issued the following statement clarifying the reference made in this podcast to counselling and psychotherapy being considered high risk by the PSA:

The PSA has not yet conducted a risk assessment of their accredited professions and we would like to apologise for the error in communication. What we intended to convey was that the PSA are publicly committed to taking a risk assessment approach and that looking at the current list of voluntary accredited registers (not statutory regulated) it is quite possible that counselling and psychotherapy would be seen as higher risk when compared to some other occupations. The PSA's approach to risk assessment for statutory and voluntary registers was published in 2016.

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