The SCoPEd partnership is working to develop and agree a ground-breaking shared framework, developed in collaboration by seven professional bodies across counselling and psychotherapy to map existing evidence-based minimum training standards, knowledge and experience required for therapists working with adults.

BACP, like all partners, is represented at every level of SCoPEd governance, to ensure that we can continue to look out for our members’ best interests as the framework develops.

The partner organisations collaborating on SCoPEd are:

  • Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)
  • Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Human Givens Institute (HGI)
  • National Counselling Society (NCS)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Collectively, the SCoPEd partners represent approximately 75,000 counsellors and psychotherapists from a diverse range of backgrounds, approaches, philosophies and professional training.

The collaborative groups leading the development of SCoPEd are:

SCoPEd Oversight Committee (SOC)

The SCoPEd Oversight Committee (SOC) oversees the development and implementation of the framework. It has CEO representation from all seven partners, and an observer from the Professional Standards Agency (PSA) joins the meetings.

An independent chair has recently been appointed, as have four independent experts by experience (EbE) who have recent personal experience of using counselling and psychotherapy services.

SCoPEd Technical Group (TG)

The SCoPEd Technical Group (TG) includes representation from all of the seven partner organisations and conducts the main mapping of competences. Each member of the TG has a range of teaching experience within counselling and psychotherapy training, from level four diploma to MA or MSc programmes.

SCoPEd Expert Reference Group (ERG)

The SCoPEd Expert Reference Group (ERG) oversees the work of the TG, the methodology used and the development of the framework.

The ERG includes representation from all seven partners and an independent chair. It is also supported in its research by an independent information analyst.

Individually the ERG are academic experts in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy, with experience of both higher education and further education. They represent a variety of different counselling approaches to ensure inclusivity.

The origins and development of SCoPEd

SCoPEd emerged as part of a joint solution from BACP, BPC and UKCP to resolve existing challenges caused by the lack of a shared framework for professional standards when engaging with government, employers, clients and commissioners.

In November 2020, the collaboration expanded to include four more PSA accredited register bodies – the ACC, ACP, HGI and NCS.

Read more about the origins of SCoPEd