Here you can find answers to some commonly asked questions about SCoPEd governance; who is involved, SCoPEd origins and its development.

1. How did the development of SCoPEd begin?

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.

No formal research was needed to identify these challenges – it was clear from our collective discussions with these important external stakeholders that this issue was, and still is, restricting opportunities for our members within the profession. 

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2. When did SCoPEd work begin?

BACP, BPC and UKCP established the Collaboration for Counselling and Psychotherapy Professions (CCPP) in 2016 to explore areas of common ground for collaboration.

This was a broad collaboration initiative, approved by BACP’s Board and publicised to members, looking at how they could work together to address areas such as policy, lobbying, scope of practice and professional conduct.

The CCPP obtained agreement from their respective boards to commence SCoPEd and try and bring transparency and agreement to our different titles, trainings and membership categories by mapping them in a competence framework with associated training and practice requirements.

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Kerri Johnson, SCoPEd Project Lead, talks about the Independent Chair and how they were selected. 

Kerri Johnson, SCoPEd Project Lead, explains how the clients voice is reflected in SCoPEd. 

3. Which professional bodies are involved in SCoPEd today?

The six professional bodies currently involved in the ongoing development of 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)

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

4. When were the newer partners invited to join SCoPEd?

All PSA counselling and psychotherapy accredited registers were invited to join SCoPEd in July 2020.

The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), Human Givens Institute (HGI) and National Counselling Society (NCS) accepted the invitation to join the SCoPEd partnership. Roundtable discussions began with an independent facilitator.

In October 2021 ACP reviewed their role in the partnership and will be continuing in the capacity of an observer to support the ongoing work of the SCoPEd partnership.

5. Why weren’t other partners invited to join sooner?

The existing collaboration between BACP, BPC and UKCP was a starting point to build relationships and encompassed more than just the SCoPEd project. However, other stakeholders, including organisations with PSA accredited registers, were invited to comment and submit evidence throughout the first SCoPEd consultation processes and it was always the intention of the collaboration to freely share the outcomes of this work.

Though we didn’t include more professional bodies within the SCoPEd team to start with, published standards and competences from other professional bodies were analysed and included where appropriate during the literature research stage. These documents are detailed in the methodology document (appendix iv).

The widening of SCoPEd governance to include new partners is an important landmark because it brings more voices to the table and increases collaboration between professional membership associations.

6. Who oversees SCoPEd?

SCoPEd is being overseen by a newly constituted SCoPEd Oversight Committee (SOC) which includes the CEOs of all partners and is observed by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and ACP. The SOC also benefits from having an independent chair and includes representation of four Experts by Experience (EbE) to ensure the client voice is considered throughout.

7. Who’s completing the work for SCoPEd?

The six SCoPEd partners all have representation at every level of SCoPEd governance, which ensures a diverse representation of a range of different counselling and psychotherapy approaches.

There are three key groups:

  • a SCoPEd Oversight Committee (SOC)
  • a Technical Group (TG)
  • an Expert Reference Group (ERG)

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8. How’s the SCoPEd work funded?

Each organisation is funding SCoPEd from within their existing operational budgets and aren’t receiving any additional external funding.