We've many ways members can get involved. Whether you have 30 years of practical experience or are a student member, we value the array of expertise our membership has to offer.

Why volunteer?

As a volunteer you'll have the chance to work alongside other dedicated professionals to make a real difference to people affected by mental health conditions.

Depending on the role, you can contribute as much or as little as you like. Any time you can give really does matter.

What you get:

  • valuable and rewarding experience
  • opportunities to develop your skills and enhance your CV
  • induction and relevant training
  • full support from our dedicated volunteers team
  • agreed out of pocket expenses

What current volunteers say ...

Get involved – BACP values volunteers and gives the opportunity to meet counsellors and therapists from across the four nations.

Eddie Carden, Trustee and member of an expert reference group

I believe the organisation does great work and that if I can help, then it is a privilege to do so.

Roz Shafran, Chair of the research committee

I wanted to make a contribution to change in areas I am passionate about.

Natalie Bailey, Board of Governors

Volunteer roles

Become a Governor

Become an integral part of the organisation as a Trustee, and shape our strategy and influence the direction we are heading.

Join an executive committee

If you have a particular interest or specialism, help guide the development of our specialist divisions as an executive committee member.

Write for our journals

Contribute to our award-winning Therapy Today or one of our specialist divisional journals.

Review our publications

Be a peer reviewer for our good practice resources and help promote best practice across a range of initiatives.

Act as an expert point of contact

Support our responses to consultations from organisations and government bodies, and help give prominence to mental health wellbeing.

Current opportunities 

Older people expert reference group

We're looking for members with knowledge and experience of counselling older people to help us prepare and deliver a range of strategic activities across the UK. See the role description to find out more and to apply.

Counselling skills expert reference group

We’re looking for members to help us develop and implement our counselling skills strategy, including a competency framework. See the role description to find out more and apply.

Online CPD hub focus group and review panel

In August 2018 we're launching our new online CPD hub, offering a range of resources for members’ continuing professional development.

We’re looking for members to join our focus group to help us develop new resources and functionality for the CPD hub. We’re also setting up a review panel to review these resources to help us ensure they are accurate, relevant and accessible. See the role descriptions to find out more and apply.

If we don't have any suitable roles available currently, please check back as new opportunities are coming soon. Or email volunteers@bacp.co.uk to register your interest and we'll contact you with any suitable roles.

Full support

Our volunteers team is here to help and will ensure you receive appropriate support throughout your time as a volunteer.

Welcome and induction

You'll be welcomed by your specific committee, forum, working group or staff member, and receive and induction tailored to your role.

Training and development

We'll offer you optional training to help you gain skills, experience and confidence to perform any tasks associated with your volunteer role.

Ongoing support

If you need assistance at any time, our volunteers team will provide guidance or introduce you to colleagues who can help, ensuring you feel part of the wider organisation.

For more information on what you can expect from us as a volunteer, please see:

Volunteer handbook (pdf 0.5MB)

Contact us

If you have any questions about volunteering with BACP, please contact our volunteers team on: