Consensual disposal agreement between Emmanuele Bazzano (reference no. 00576129) and BACP.
This outcome was reached by agreement.
Emmanuele Bazzano, a BACP individual Member, agrees to the following outcome of the investigation into a complaint of professional misconduct under reference [ . . . ].
1.1 Emmanuele Bazzano has been a BACP member since [ . . . ].
1.2 On 12th May Year 1 the Complainant, [ . . . ], who was a student on a course run by the Member, made a complaint to BACP about Emmanuele Bazzano about their professional conduct.
1.3 The Complainant attended two training sessions of a therapy course [ . . . ].
2.1 Emmanuele Bazzano makes the following admissions which the BACP accepts:
1.1 On 14 February Year 1 the Member failed to establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries between himself and the Complainant and failed to model high levels of good practice and behaviour in that following the session, he went for a drink with the Complainant, an attendee on the course at which he was teaching, during which he kissed her without her consent.
1.2 The Member therefore failed to meet professional standards , including in particular acting in a way which was inconsistent with paragraph 79 of the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018, which states “ Trainers and educators will model high levels of good practice in their work, particularly with regard to expected levels of competence and professionalism, relationship building, the management of personal boundaries, any dual relationships, conflicts of interest and avoiding exploitation.”
Allegation 1.1. amounts to professional misconduct as defined in the Professional Conduct Procedure.
3.1 The issues identified and admitted by Emmanuele Bazzano amounted to breaches of the Ethical Framework.
3.2 One of the aims of the Professional Conduct Procedure is to protect members of the public. The IAC, in considering what sanction may be appropriate in the
circumstances of this case have taken into account the interests of public protection.
3.3 In relation to the finding above the IAC considers it appropriate that Emmanuele Bazzano is required to:
3.3.3 Within four weeks of the date of the imposition of this sanction, the Member will
a) provide BACP with a copy of a letter of apology to the Complainant for BACP to forward to the Complainant and
b) provide BACP with written evidence of his further reflection on
i. the behaviours expected of a trainer or educator as set out in paragraph 79 of the 2018 Ethical Framework and in particular relationship building, relationships, the management of personal boundaries, any dual relationships, conflicts of interest and avoiding exploitation and
ii. the impact on trainees, the public and the profession of counselling and psychotherapy of the failure to do so.
3.4 Emmanuele Bazzano agrees that this Agreement may be published by the BACP and that it will be disclosed to the Complainant.
3.5 Emmanuele Bazzano agrees that he will not act in any way inconsistent with this agreement such as, for example, by denying the finding in paragraph 2 above.
3.6 If Emmanuele Bazzano acts in a way which is inconsistent with this Agreement his membership will be terminated. Such a decision will be published.
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