I am delighted to announce the launch of the BACP Private practice toolkit – an exciting joint venture between our division and the Membership Services team - that seeks to ‘fill in the gaps’ for practitioners looking for support, learning and development in building their private practices. This is a project that I am really passionate about and am proud to be overseeing this work as divisional lead (and overall joint lead, alongside the product manager Adam Pollard, recently promoted to BACP Head of Marketing and Engagement).

We know there are over 30,000 of you working in private practice, and many of you seek out support in this niche area, via workshops and clubs which focus on building successful practice. My utmost belief is that it is only right that this information and support is directly available from people’s membership bodies, hence, why at the BACP we see this project as a priority.

For those of you who have recently started up in practice (or are thinking about it), you’ll find lots of articles, written documents and guidelines. There are also resources relevant to the more seasoned private practitioner. The material provides expert advice and insight into developing your private practice and is laid out in an ‘easy to access’ way, to support you in whatever stage you are at.

This is an organic project that will be expanding. Our aim is to write and produce a plethora of new material that enables practitioners to consider the different facets of running an ethical and sustainable business. This will include practical things like templates for paperwork, such as contracts, along with more in-depth material for the new private practitioner to reflect on and work though. I’m really pleased that some of the content will include material exclusively for our divisional members.

We hope you enjoy using this toolkit. If you would like to write a blog post yourself on any aspect of private practice to feature in it, we’d love to hear from you!