How will this affect my existing membership, registration or accreditation?

We don’t know how membership, registration or accreditation structures will be affected until the SCoPEd project produces the final competence framework, which is anticipated around Summer 2019. We'll be consulting members, but we’re at the early stages and will update you on progress along the way.

Does this work imply a hierarchy?

The SCoPEd project aims to provide a clear competence framework for counselling and psychotherapy. SCoPEd is not seeking to create a ‘hierarchy’, rather it’s aiming to make training pathways clearer for anyone who is considering training within the profession, and for clients looking for appropriately trained therapists. It will make it easier to promote counselling and psychotherapy to commissioners and employers. We hope that members will benefit from this clarity. Until the final competence framework is produced, we don’t know how existing membership and registration categories will be affected, but our aim is that nobody will be disadvantaged by this process.

Will I have to leave my existing professional body and join one of the others?
Are there plans to merge the professional bodies?

The three organisations value and support their members and we plan to continue to offer a professional home to all existing members now and in the future. It’s not our intention to encourage members to join other bodies.

We’re very excited that BACP, BPC and UKCP are collaborating so closely and working together in this unprecedented manner. However, the SCoPEd project is a collaboration, not a merger, and all three professional bodies view SCoPEd in this way.

How will this work affect employment opportunities?

We hope that the clarity that SCoPEd offers in the form of an evidence-based competence framework will increase opportunities for paid employment in the future, and will have a positive impact on the commissioning of therapy.

Are modalities being taken into consideration with this work?

The SCoPEd project is developing a generic, shared core competence framework and is not modality specific. Each of the three organisations are free to develop their own curricula, based on the shared competency framework once it is agreed.

Is this work about moving towards statutory regulation?

There’s no direct correlation between the SCoPEd collaboration and the likelihood of statutory regulation. We’re not aware of any current plans for statutory regulation, but it might appear on the Government’s agenda in the future. The outcome of the SCoPEd project, and the collaborative nature of SCoPEd, puts us in a strong position to respond to the challenges of statutory regulation if it does happen.

How will I be consulted and when will I know more?

The SCoPEd process will involve consultation, but we’re at the early stages and we’ll keep you updated on progress along the way. We anticipate the consultation process will start in Autumn 2018, but this might change.

Why haven’t other professional bodies been asked to join?

The SCoPEd project between BACP, BPC and UKCP arose from an existing collaboration - the CCPP (Collaboration of Counselling and Psychotherapy Professions) - which has been going on for several years. This project is about comprehensively and systematically mapping the existing competences and professional standards for counselling and psychotherapy to describe the current landscape. Once this mapping is complete there will be a consultation process on the draft framework open to a wide range of stakeholders.

How is the SCoPEd Project funded?

Each organisation is funding the SCoPEd project from within their existing operational budgets and are not receiving any external funding for this work.