The January 2022 SCoPEd framework maps skills, knowledge, training and qualifications as they are today. It doesn’t create anything new.

If BACP adopts the SCoPEd framework, all existing registered, accredited and senior accredited members would be represented in the framework. Existing training, experience and qualifications would still be valid, you would still be able to progress from one membership category to another, and there would be clear guidance and mechanisms to support this.

At this stage nothing will change for BACP or its members. If BACP adopts SCoPEd then there would be a clearly defined adoption and transition period with support and guidance for members.

The stage we’re at with SCoPEd right now means we can’t confirm exactly where every member would be represented in the SCoPEd framework yet, but what we can do is give you an overview:

Visual summary of the framework

Student BACP members and individual members

The framework represents qualified therapists who have joined BACP’s register. Students and individual members are therefore not separately represented. However, the framework would give transparent and understandable entry routes across the profession and guidance about what kind of training and career development options might be right for you. When you become a registered member, you would then usually sit in column A.

Registered BACP members

Registered BACP members would typically sit in column A. If you are a registered BACP member sitting in column A you would still be able to practise column B and C competences where you have the right skills, knowledge and training.

Some registered members might meet all of the practice standards and competences of column B or C but have chosen not to apply for the existing accreditation scheme. If this applies to you, then we’d work with you during a clearly defined adoption and transition period to identify the best way to recognise this and ensure you are mapped to the appropriate column.

Accredited BACP members

Accredited BACP members would typically sit in column B. If you are an accredited BACP member sitting in column B you will still be able to practise column C competences where you have the right skills, knowledge and training.

If you meet all the practice standards and competences of column C, we’d work with you during a clearly defined adoption and transition period to identify the best way to recognise this and ensure you are mapped to the appropriate column.

Senior Accredited BACP members

Senior Accredited BACP members are likely to sit in either column B or column C, depending on your level of skills, training and experience.

If you are a senior accredited BACP member sitting in column B you will still be able to practise column C competences where you have the right skills, knowledge and training.

Organisational members

We don’t envisage any direct impact on our organisational members, though training providers may wish to map their training provision against the SCoPEd competences.

Retired members

If you are a retired member you would not be mapped against the framework as you are no longer practising.

Creating and enabling opportunities

The counselling and psychotherapy professions encompass a wide range of trainings and practice standards.

What has become clear through the SCoPEd mapping is that the foundation for all entry points, and progression routes, are the competences and practice standards that apply to column A therapists. Whilst some therapists may enter at column B or C due to the greater length and complexity of their training, the framework allows for therapists to transition to other columns where the relevant knowledge and skills can be evidenced.

Therapists can practise competences from other columns if they have the knowledge and skills to ethically do so.

Currently some therapists choose not to take the progression opportunities that the framework maps as the additional competences and practice standards aren’t required for their role.

A summary of the framework including competences, training and practice standards can be visually represented as follows:  

Visual representation of the framework including competences, training and practice standards

Summary of the framework - plain text version

Therapists can enter at different columns depending on the length, depth, level and content of their initial core training. They can move between the different columns throughout their career, should they wish to do so.