The Coalition for Inclusion and Anti-Oppressive Practice is a collaborative and cross-industry group aiming to commission and deploy toolkits to support the development of skills, knowledge and understanding for delivering inclusive counselling and psychotherapy training.

The Coalition focuses on promoting inclusive and anti-oppressive professional training as part of a greater vision to address further barriers to inclusive practice, particularly in relation to supporting racially and ethnically minoritised communities. 

The Coalition is chaired by Place2Be, and as well as BACP includes: Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC); Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP); British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT); the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB); Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network (MCAPN); National Counselling Society (NCS); Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR); and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). 


Following a consultation with trainers and training providers held in February 2021, the Coalition agreed to commission and deploy a toolkit that would support institutions, training programmes and individual tutors to develop their skills and understanding when working inclusively and with diversity.  


The first toolkit Race is complicated: A toolkit for psychological therapies training has been launched by the Coalition. The interactive PDF aims to demonstrate core ideas and suggestions for best practice. It endeavours to support those involved with psychological therapy training to be more comfortable in managing and working within racial and cultural diversity. 

Authors Danielle Osajivbe-Williams and Marcelline Menyié, who are integrative counsellors and psychotherapists and founders of the Routes Therapeutic Consultancy, drew on tried and tested theories and practices to offer up-to-date guidance, rooted in the modern world. 

Launching the toolkit

Place2B hosted an online launch event on Thursday 19 October 2023 to launch the toolkit. The recording of the event is available to watch on the Place2B website. Speakers included: MC Myira Khan, author of Working Within Diversity - Anti-Oppressive Practice in Counselling, Therapy, Supervision, Coaching & all Therapeutic Practice and the authors of the toolkit.

As part of this launch, we hosted an in-depth guidance and support event on how to apply the toolkit in practice for trainers and training providers of counselling and psychotherapy training courses. This event was held on Tuesday 21 November and can now be viewed on-demand for free on our Anti-oppresive and inclusive practice in counselling and psychotherapy training on-demand web page

Marcelline Menyié and Danielle Osajivbe-Williams from Routes Therapeutic Consultancy

"We've designed this toolkit to help the UK counselling and psychotherapy sectors better understand and address race and diversity"