A client made a complaint against Mr Brian Horrocks which was submitted under the Professional Conduct Procedure. The complaint was accepted for adjudication by the Pre-Hearing Assessment Panel. Mr Horrocks decided not to respond to, or participate in the Procedure. Consequently, the complaint, together with his failure to co-operate with the implementation of the Professional Conduct Procedure was referred for consideration under Article 4.6 of the Memorandum & Articles of Association.
The allegations considered by the Article 4.6 Panel were as follows:
- That Mr Horrocks abused his client’s trust in order to gain financial advantage.
- That Mr Horrocks was not honest, straight forward, and accountable in financial matters concerning his professional relationship with the client.
- That there was no clear contract for the work and that Mr Horrocks did not adhere to the initial terms on which his service was being offered.
- That Mr Horrocks disrespected the client’s trust and autonomy by instigating a dual relationship with him, by disregarding appropriate professional boundaries and by enforcing the client’s compliance through emotional manipulation.
- That Mr Horrocks did not have the competence to deal with the client’s serious behavioural problem.
- That Mr Horrocks did not comply with the implementation of the Professional Conduct Procedure in contravention of his obligation under paragraph 42 of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Mr Horrocks, was invited to respond to the complaint and also the fact that he failed to be accountable under the Professional Conduct Procedure, but again, did not make a response.
The Panel decided to implement Article 4.6 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and withdraw BACP membership from Brian Horrocks, to take effect 28 days from notification of this decision. The Panel gave reasons for its decision as follows:
- In the absence of any response from Mr Horrocks, the Complainant had provided sufficient evidence for the Panel to be satisfied that there have been serious breaches of BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Mr Horrocks chose not to respond to, nor participate in the Professional Conduct Procedure, which in itself, is a serious contravention of his obligations under paragraph 42 of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and demonstrates a lack of professional accountability.
Mr Horrocks was given the opportunity to appeal the decision, but no appeal was received. Consequently his membership was withdrawn.
Any future application for membership of this Association will be considered under the Memorandum and Articles of the Association.