Why do you think the framework is important?

The SCoPEd framework is very important as it gives a solid substantial foundation to the different levels of expertise and specialism employers and the public - as service users - need. The framework shows the difference between those professionals who hold a level 4 diploma to those who have done an MA or MSC or PHD and I believe that this needs to be understood and verified. Fiona Ballantine Dykes has made reference to this and also spoken of the fluidity in counselling and psychotherapy. She also talked about the opportunity to continually grow and further our understanding through post-qualification experience and CPD.

Do you support the aims of the framework?

Yes I do support the aims of the SCoPEd framework.

What is your understanding of how the framework will benefit members?

The framework will help support and benefit members by giving each level its own core value system, this will illustrate and help point service users (the general public and employers) towards the appropriate level of therapy that they need in relation to their specific issue or employment programme.

Are there any aspects of the framework you’re concerned about?

Whilst watching the SCoPEd live Q&A a few weeks ago I was struck by some of the highly defensive questions put forward. Rather than perceiving this as an ethical issue to protect the public and employers, it seemed as though individuals were concerned that the differences would leave some counsellors with lower possibilities of gaining clients or work. I feel that this isn’t the case, as the framework illustrates what level of practitioner a client can access, and helps them to make a more clear and informed choice as it shows the differences between what each practitioner can offer. This is professionally a good and fair sounding board and is ethically right.

I do feel that supervision needs to be woven into the framework, although the majority of supervisors have completed a diploma in supervision, there are many that supervise without that qualification. This is a concern, as trainees and newly qualified supervisees need to be protected too.

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