Here you can find answers to some commonly asked questions about SCoPEd; what it is, our aims for SCoPEd and the likely next steps.

1. What is SCoPEd?

SCoPEd (the Scope of Practice and Education) is a ground-breaking shared framework that maps existing core competences and practice standards for counsellors and psychotherapists working with adults.

It is being developed in collaboration by seven PSA accredited register bodies across counselling and psychotherapy, including BACP.

Core training and counsellors and psychotherapists’ skills and knowledge has been mapped across five themes:

  • professional framework
  • assessment
  • relationship
  • knowledge and skills
  • self-awareness and reflection

SCoPEd is not a stand-alone framework being developed in isolation – for BACP it is an integrated part of our work to promote the best interests of all members.

2. What is BACP's aim for SCoPEd?

We believe SCoPEd will enable a credible, diverse and thriving counselling and psychotherapy profession that is better understood, valued and trusted by clients, employers, commissioners and society.

Our aim is to 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.

3. When will the SCoPEd framework be agreed?

We anticipate the final iteration of the framework will be agreed by the SCoPEd partners by the end of 2021.

If BACP then adopts the SCoPEd framework, there would be a clearly defined adoption and transition period where we would work with you to make sure your skills and experience reflect where you would be represented in the framework. You can read more on our SCoPEd Next Steps page. 

4. Would the SCoPEd framework restrict the therapeutic services that 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.

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

Yes. SCoPEd is an enabling framework. It would enable opportunities for growth and progression – including moving between columns – for all trainees, counsellors and psychotherapists at all stages of your career.

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

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

7. What does the SCoPEd framework mean for statutory regulation?

We’re not aware of any plans for statutory regulation and this does not form any part of the aims of SCoPEd.

Decisions about statutory regulation are made by the Government, not by professional bodies.

However, if statutory regulation was introduced in the future, having a shared framework would put the profession in a better position to respond and help shape the form that regulation might take.