The governance structure for SCoPEd reflects the shared nature of the framework.

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 collaboration carries on.

The partner organisations collaborating on SCoPEd are:

  • Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)
  • 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 represents over 75,000 counsellors and psychotherapists from a diverse range of backgrounds, approaches, philosophies and professional training.

The collaborative groups leading SCoPEd are:

SCoPEd Oversight Committee (SOC)

The SCoPEd Oversight Committee (SOC) is the governance body for the framework. The SOC was established when ACC, ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists), HGI and NCS joined the original SCoPEd partners BACP, BPC and UKCP in November 2020.

It meets regularly to oversee, guide and scrutinise the work of SCoPEd. It includes the six Chief Executives of the participating partners, three independent experts by experience, the PSA as observer and Independent Chair Paul Buckley.

A representative from ACP, which as of October 2021 is no longer a full partner in SCoPEd, also joins the SOC meetings as an observer.

SCoPEd Technical Group (TG)

The SCoPEd Technical Group (TG) includes representation from all of the partner organisations and undertook the main mapping of competences and practice standards. 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. The TG will continue to contribute as we move to phase two of our collective work with partners.

SCoPEd Expert Reference Group (ERG)

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

The ERG includes representation from all six partners and an independent chair. It was 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.

Read more about the origins of SCoPEd