Here you can find answers to some commonly asked questions about SCoPEd and how it would affect our members.

1. How would SCoPEd affect me as an existing BACP member?

If SCoPEd is agreed and adopted by BACP, all our registered, accredited and senior accredited members would be represented in the framework

Each of you would sit in the column that is reflective of your skills, knowledge and experience, but would be able to practise competences from other columns where you can ethically do so.

Unless you want it to, for many members, nothing would change in terms of BACP membership.

Caroline Jesper, Head of Professional Standards, talks about practicing competences in column B or C. 

Keri Johnson, SCoPEd Project Lead, talks about SCoPEd and how you practice today. 

2. Would the SCoPEd framework restrict the therapeutic services I offer?

No. SCoPEd is intended to be an enabling framework, not a restrictive one. You would be able to offer the services you currently provide as long as you had the training, skills, knowledge and experience to ethically deliver them.

For example, if you are a therapist in column A, you may well have one or more of the competences listed at level B or C and you would be able to continue to deliver therapy based on those competences.  Alternatively, you may have additional specialisms which sit outside the framework.  The key thing is working within your competence which is a requirement of the Ethical Framework.

3. What would SCoPEd mean for my professional development?

SCoPEd would enable your professional development, not restrict it. The existence of entry points and gateways offers clearer pathways for development if you choose to access them.

There would be no sudden changes and you would have plenty of time and support if there are changes to membership categories, accreditation standards or new mechanisms to offer access to the different columns.

4. Which column would BACP members be represented in on the SCoPEd framework?

We can’t 100% confirm which column each of our 57,000 members would sit in if SCoPEd is adopted, because the framework isn’t yet agreed.

However, we can give an overview as to how different BACP membership categories are likely to be represented in the framework. 

5. Would I be able to progress between the different columns in the SCoPEd framework?

Yes. SCoPEd would be an enabling framework. It would enable opportunities for growth and progression – including moving between columns (gateways) – for all trainees, counsellors and psychotherapists wherever you are represented in the framework.

6. Could I practise a competence outside of my column in the SCoPEd framework?

Yes. You would be able to offer the services you currently do as long as you had the training, skills, knowledge and experience to ethically deliver it. 

SCoPEd maps existing minimum competences and practice standards, but there are many other individual factors which will determine whether you are competent to work with any particular client or context.

All our members are highly trained, valued and trusted, and work within your limits of competences according to the Ethical Framework.

7. What if I have some but not all of the competences or practice standards of another column?

That’s fine. Nothing is going to stop you working as you already do. But if you have acquired all the competences and experience of another column, you might want this to be recognised at some point.

8. Would my existing training, knowledge and experience still be valid with SCoPEd?

Yes. All your existing training, knowledge and experience would be valid. SCoPEd would simply set out a clearer framework which will create opportunities for you to develop and progress.

9. What if the course I graduated from didn’t cover all the competences of the framework?

We understand that some of you, who’ve already qualified within existing membership categories, may have undertaken a course that didn’t meet all of the competences detailed in the relevant column of the draft framework. As a minimum, all existing BACP registered members would meet the standards in column A and may have additional training and experience to meet the standards in columns B or C.

If we adopt the framework, there would be a clearly defined transition period, where we would work with you to make sure your skills, qualifications, training and experience are reflected in where you would be represented in the new framework. 

10. Would I have to retrain to meet the 500 training hours needed for column C?

No. Historically, you would have had to retrain to meet the competences of column C, but one of the benefits of the SCoPEd framework is that you could use your post-qualifying training towards meeting the requirement of column C.

11. My training didn’t include 450 client-facing hours. Could I still progress to column B or C? 

Yes. The framework would enable members to progress to column B or C if they can evidence the additional client hours and the competences required for this entry point.

12. Would I need to apply for accreditation to move from column A to B?

Currently individual accreditation is the main mechanism for BACP members to demonstrate that you have met the competences and practice standards in column B.

If the framework were adopted we’d need to agree ways in which existing members - who have chosen not to apply for the existing accreditation scheme - could demonstrate that your post-qualifying training and experience meet the requirements in column B. The same goes for members who meet the standards for column C.

13. Will BACP membership fees change as a result of SCoPEd? 

There are no plans to change BACP membership fees in relation to SCoPEd. More broadly, membership fees are reviewed every year and we will continue to do this.

14. What impact would SCoPEd have on my employment? 

SCoPEd would be an enabling framework, which means that you would be able to work exactly as you do today. All members would be able to offer the services you currently provide as long as you had the training, skills, knowledge and experience to ethically deliver it.

We believe there are employment opportunities for therapists at all stages of your professional journey. Mapping existing skills, knowledge and experience would make it easier for employers and commissioners to understand which kinds of therapists would be most appropriate for their services.

15. Would the SCoPEd framework affect therapists' ability to work at depth or long term with clients?

No. There is a link between length and depth of training and/or experience and being able to work with complex presentations, but this is different from being able to work short term or long term which is more likely to depend on the setting.

16. What impact would SCoPEd have on the course I am considering applying to? 

One of our aims with SCoPEd is to help potential and practising counsellors and psychotherapists understand the training routes and programmes available to you, so that you are able to make the best decision for your situation.

Having a credible, shared framework would help training providers better plan for the future and offer clear pathways which are diverse and inclusive.

While SCoPEd is still in draft form we’re unable to provide definitive answers to specific course queries. Should SCoPEd be adopted, the SCoPEd partners would work with training providers which may wish to take account of the SCoPEd framework.