I’ve found that SCoPEd is a topic that
can polarise opinion among therapists.
That’s why I read Catherine Jackson’s
article, ‘Mapping the future’, in Therapy
Today in April this year, with interest.1
Tracing our progress as an emerging profession, Catherine’s article helped me to rethink the proposed plans for the SCoPEd framework in the wider historical and organisational context and culture of our times.
Speaking to past and present Chairs and officers from BACP, UKCP and BPC, the three professional bodies who share this history and initiated SCoPEd, it explores how and why SCoPEd came about. If you missed it, I recommend you dusting off your copy of the April issue of Therapy Today and making a cuppa.
It got me thinking about the workplace sector and wondering, what might SCoPEd mean for therapists working with employees, employers and EAPs? Who better to turn to for a perspective on this, than Kris Ambler, BACP’s Workforce Lead, who describes SCoPEd as being about ‘evolution, not revolution’.
Representing the voices of our members, the BACP Workplace Executive Committee put their burning questions to Kris in our cover article. If this piece gets you thinking or you have questions of your own on SCoPEd and the workplace sector, do drop me a line.
One of the great joys, I find, in being editor of BACP Workplace is talking and listening to people who have such a mastery of their craft and then illuminating it here in your journal. In ‘My workplace’, I talk to Dr Caroline Kitcatt, who leads the Norwich Centre and has done for more than 20 years – offering counselling, training and supervision. Such longevity is to be applauded – so too is her challenge to BACP to step up and better support its members who are heads of services. I think Caroline highlights a blind spot in BACP’s offering whereby therapists who fulfil a dual role as both practitioner and leader, are rarely acknowledged or seen. This is an opportunity missed to learn from practitioners such as Caroline, in leadership positions, and to support them too. I hope this interview might prompt a rethink.
Nicola Banning, Editor,