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 get involved?

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

We have several different roles with varying time commitments. 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 team
  • agreed out of pocket expenses

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

Natalie Bailey, Chair of BACP

Typical 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

Communities of Practice volunteer

We're commissioning an online Communities of Practice platform that members will soon be able to access for free via our website. This platform will provide members with a space to share best practice and participate in discussion with other members.

It will also give members a place to engage directly with us, to influence workstreams and contribute to key areas of focus for BACP.

To support the roll out of our new platform, we're looking for volunteers to assist us in developing a suitable and benefitable BACP member engagement platform. See the role profile for more information and how to apply.

Divisional Executive member - BACP Children, Young People and Families division

Our Children, Young People and Families division (CYP&F) aims to take a leading role in the development of counselling and psychotherapy for children, young people and families. We provide opportunities for children and young people to have a voice and learn from them how to develop responsive services.

We're looking for members to join the Executive committee. See the role profile for more information and how to apply.

Online CPD hub review panel

Our online CPD hub offers a range of resources for members’ continuing professional development.

We’re looking for members to join our panel to review these resources and help us ensure they are accurate, relevant and accessible. See the role description 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 us to register your interest and we'll contact you with any suitable roles.

Full support

Our team is here to help and will ensure you receive appropriate support throughout your time working with us.

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 role.

Ongoing support

If you need assistance at any time, we'll 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, please see:

Volunteer handbook (pdf 0.5MB)

Volunteers expenses policy and procedures (Word 94KB)

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of the roles above, please email us or call 01455 883311.