Networks and interest groups

Our networks provide opportunities to connect with other counsellors in your geographic or interest area. Some are closely affiliated to BACP Healthcare, while others are open to a range of professional bodies. They can provide opportunities to:

  • identify and share best practice
  • identify relevant research and CPD opportunities
  • gain mutual support from fellow practitioners
  • network with allied professionals
  • raise awareness of the role of counselling
  • inform the work of and create links with BACP Healthcare and BACP

Most groups meet two to three times a year, sometimes with representatives or guest presenters from other organisations. You do not have to attend the meetings to join the group. Some also lobby and networks with statutory and professional bodies and attend relevant conferences and events. Please contact the network lead for further information on each group and its activities.

We're keen to set up working groups to enable greater connectivity with the needs of members and the healthcare sector. Co-ordinating these groups can be very rewarding and can involve as much or little of your time as you can spare. If you are interested, please email

Regional networks

If anyone is interested in helping to create a network in Scotland, please contact Satinder Panesar on

North West Psychological Professionals Network (NWPPN)

For practitioners providing NHS services across Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and Wirral, including counsellors, psychologists, psychological therapists, psychotherapists, arts therapists and psychological wellbeing practitioners.

For more information contact:
Clare Baguley, NWPPN programme manager
Gita Bhutani, NWPPN Chair
Zubeida Ali - NWPPN executive member of the Workforce Board and Chair of NWPPN counsellors working in the NHS network

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum (NICF)

This forum was developed following the DHSSPS Counselling Review to provide a representative body for counsellors and trainers in Northern Ireland.

Membership is open to all student and qualified counsellors. For more information contact the network lead Brenda Tighe on

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