BACP Private Practice supports those in, or thinking about going into, private practice by providing up-to-date guidance, generating resources, publishing a quarterly journal and sharing members' knowledge and experience. It aims to be a forum for best practice and a focus for professional enquiries from members concerning private practice.

The division campaigns for high standards and best practice in private practice. We achieve this by raising the profile of private practice within BACP and, through BACP, with employers, agencies and government, by being the voice of counsellors in private practice.

Term of office

Executive members are appointed for up to three years. This may be extended for a further three years.

Time commitment

The Private Practice executive is made up of volunteer members who meet quarterly on a Friday, usually at our offices in Lutterworth. You may be able to attend remotely using Skype.

You'll also have ongoing tasks, which may include planning divisional events, or attending events to network and build the profile of the division.

General responsibilities

Your duties will be to:

  • implement divisional strategy and ensure it aligns with BACP organisational strategy, so promoting that counselling changes lives
  • work collaboratively with BACP staff
  • promote the division's area of expertise and bring best practice into the work of the division and BACP
  • network and represent BACP and our members to wider stakeholder groups, addressing counselling and psychotherapy issues and concerns
  • act as an ambassador and advocate for BACP and the counselling professions

Carrying out the role

You will be expected to:

  • devote time and effort and attend divisional executive meetings fully prepared, having read all papers and documentation. We set meeting dates 12 months in advance wherever possible.
  • adhere to our volunteer policies, procedures and code of conduct
  • adhere to and support the governance framework
  • attend the annual general meeting, where possible
  • maintain absolute confidentiality for any sensitive or confidential information you receive while carrying out the role
  • observe the seven Nolan principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Skills and abilities

You should:

  • be able to communicate well in a team
  • be willing to devote time and effort to projects
  • possess good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively
  • be willing to take decisions and cabinet responsibility within the team
  • understand the responsibilities of your position
  • be IT literate - able and willing to use technology on BACP business

We would welcome applicants with some of the following skills:

  • public relations
  • experience of setting up a consortium of counsellors
  • experience of working with older clients
  • experience of working online
  • using social media, such as Twitter, blogs and Facebook
  • research
  • business and marketing minded with experience in managing projects
  • strategic vision
  • website IT skills


There is no remuneration for this role, however, reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the volunteering role will be reimbursed in line with our volunteers expenses policy.

To apply

For more information or to apply for this volunteering role, please send your cv and an application letter stating your relevant skills, knowledge and experience to We welcome applications from across the four nations of the UK.

Closing date for applications is 13 September with interviews taking place on 27 September in London.