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Good Practice Resources

The Good Practice in Action resources are a new series of publications which we hope will support good practice in the counselling professions. They are all reviewed by member-led focus groups and experts in the field, and are based on current research and evidence. We will be adding more resources over the coming months.

'BACP members have a contractual commitment to work in accordance with the current Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The Good Practice in Action Resources are not contractually binding on members, but are intended to support practitioners by providing general information on principles and policy applicable at the time of publication, in the context of the core ethical principles, values and personal moral qualities of the BACP.'

Specific issues in practice will vary depending on clients, particular models of working, the context of the work and the type of therapeutic intervention provided.  As specific issues arising from work with clients are often complex, we always recommend discussing practice dilemmas with a supervisor and/or consulting a suitably qualified and experienced legal or other relevant practitioner.

In these resources, the word therapist is used to mean specifically counsellors and psychotherapists and therapy to mean specifically counselling and psychotherapy. The terms practitioner and counselling related services are used generically in a wider sense, to include the practice of counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and pastoral care.

Click on the headings below to view the full list of documents available in each section. PDF and Word versions of the glossary are available for download at the bottom of the page.

 

View Children and young people resources

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Working with children and young people - GPiA 046

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Working with children and young people - GPiA 046

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Unplanned endings within the counselling professions - GPiA 072

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Unplanned endings within the counselling professions - GPiA 072

pdf file  Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in England - GPiA 003

doc file  Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in England - GPiA 003

pdf file  Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in Northern Ireland and Wales - GPiA 005

doc file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in Wales and Northern Ireland - GPiA 005

pdf file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in Scotland - GPiA 025

doc file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in Scotland - GPiA 025

pdf file Legal Resource: Counselling children and young people in school contexts in Scotland - GPiA 026

doc file Legal Resource: Counselling children and young people in school contexts in Scotland - GPiA 026

pdf file Legal Resource: Legal issues and resources for counselling children and young people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in school contexts - GPiA 002

doc file Legal Resource: Legal issues and resources for counselling children and young people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in school contexts - GPiA 002

pdf file Legal Resource: Safeguarding children and young people in England and Wales - GPiA 031

doc file Legal Resource: Safeguarding children and young people in England and Wales - GPiA 031

 

 BACP Competences for working with young people (11-18 years)

 Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future Department of Education advice for school leaders and counsellors​

View Confidentiality, record keeping and contracting resources

pdf file  Clinical Reflections for Practice: Confidentiality and record keeping within the counselling professions - GPiA 065

doc file  Clinical Reflections for Practice: Confidentiality and record keeping within the counselling professions - GPiA 065

pdf file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Making the contract within the counselling professions - GPiA 039

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Making the contract within the counselling professions - GPiA 039

pdf file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: What do we mean by records and record keeping within the counselling professions? - GPiA 066

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: What do we mean by records and record keeping within the counselling professions? - GPiA 066

pdf file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Practical aspects of record keeping within the counselling professions - GPiA 067

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Practical aspects of record keeping within the counselling professions - GPiA 067

pdf file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Unplanned endings within the counselling professions - GPiA 072

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Unplanned endings within the counselling professions - GPiA 072

pdf file  Fact Sheet Resource: Making the therapeutic agreement in the counselling professions - GPiA 055

pdf file  Fact Sheet Resource: Dual roles within the counselling professions - GPiA 077

doc file  Fact Sheet Resource: Dual roles within the counselling professions - GPiA077

doc file  Fact Sheet Resource: Making the therapeutic agreement in the counselling professions - GPiA 055

pdf file  Fact Sheet Resource: Record keeping within organisational settings in the counselling professions - GPiA 068

doc file  Fact Sheet Resource: Record keeping within organisational settings in the counselling professions - GPiA 068

pdf file Legal Resource: Managing confidentiality - GPiA 014

doc file Legal Resource: Managing confidentiality - GPiA 014

 

 Chapter 15 'Record Keeping': Tim Bond Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action - 4th edition
(With the kind permission of Sage Publishing and Tim Bond)

View Legal resources

pdf file Legal Resource: Abortion: Issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 059

doc file Legal Resource: Abortion: Issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 059

pdf file Legal Resource: Assisted Death: Issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 058

doc file Legal Resource: Assisted Death: Issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 058

pdf file  Legal Resource: Coroner's Court, inquests and confidentiality beyond death: Issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 060

doc file  Legal Resource: Coroner's Court, inquests and confidentiality beyond death: Issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 060

pdf file  Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law In England - GPiA 003

doc file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law In England - GPiA 003

pdf file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in Scotland - GPiA 025

doc file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in Scotland - GPiA 025

pdf file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption Law in Wales and Northern Ireland - GPiA 005

doc file Legal Resource: Counselling and psychotherapy in the context of Adoption law in Wales and Northern Ireland - GPiA 005

pdf file Legal Resource: Counselling children and young people in school contexts in Scotland - GPiA 026

doc file Legal Resource: Counselling children and young people in school contexts in Scotland - GPiA 026

pdf file Legal Resource: Legal issues and resources for counselling children and young people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in school contexts - GPiA 002

doc file Legal Resource: Legal issues and resources for counselling children and young people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in school contexts - GPiA 002

pdf file Legal Resource: Managing confidentiality - GPiA 014

doc file Legal Resource: Managing confidentiality - GPiA 014

pdf file Legal Resource: Mental Health and law within the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 029

doc file Legal Resource: Mental Health and law within the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 029

pdf file Legal Resource: Safeguarding children and young people in England and Wales - GPiA 031

doc file Legal Resource: Safeguarding children and young people in England and Wales - GPiA 031

pdf file Legal Resource: Safeguarding vulnerable adults in England and Wales - GPiA 030

doc file Legal Resource: Safeguarding vulnerable adults in England and Wales - GPiA 030

pdf file Legal Resource: Suicide in the context of the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 057

doc file Legal Resource: Suicide in the context of the counselling professions in England and Wales - GPiA 057

pdf file Legal Resource: Supervision in England, Northern Ireland and Wales - GPiA 032

doc file Legal Resource: Supervision in England, Northern Ireland and Wales - GPiA 032

pdf file Legal Resource: Understanding child protection in Scotland - GPiA 052

doc file Legal Resource: Understanding child protection in Scotland - GPiA 052

pdf file Legal Resource: Understanding the Children's Hearing System in Scotland - GPiA 053

doc file Legal Resource: Understanding the Children's Hearing System in Scotland - GPiA 053

pdf file Legal Resource: Update on Data Protection Legislation GPiA - 097

View Supervision resources

pdf file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: How to choose a supervisor (counsellors) - GPiA 008

pdf file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: How to choose a supervisor (counsellors) - GPiA 008

pdf file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Introduction to Supervision (member version) - GPiA 054

doc file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Introduction to Supervision (member version) - GPiA 054

pdf file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Introduction to Supervision (public version) - GPiA 064

doc file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Introduction to Supervision (public version) - GPiA 064

pdf file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Monitoring the supervisory relationship from the perspective of the supervisee - GPiA 011

doc file   Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Monitoring the supervisory relationship from the perspective of the supervisee - GPiA 011

pdf file  Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Unplanned endings within the counselling professions - GPiA 072

doc file Commonly Asked Questions Resource: Unplanned endings within the counselling professions - GPiA 072

pdf file  Fact Sheet Resource: How to choose a supervisor for your service - GPiA 009

doc file  Fact Sheet Resource: How to choose a supervisor for your service - GPiA 009

pdf file Fact Sheet Resource: Monitoring the supervisory relationship from the supervisor's perspective - GPiA 010

doc file Fact Sheet Resource: Monitoring the supervisory relationship from the supervisor's perspective - GPiA 010

doc file Legal Resource: Supervision in England, Northern Ireland and Wales - GPiA 032

doc file Legal Resource: Supervision in England, Northern Ireland and Wales - GPiA 032

pdf file  Research Overview: Research and literature overview of supervision within the counselling professions - GPiA 043

doc file  Research Overview: Research and literature overview of supervision within the counselling professions - GPiA 043

Acknowledgements

BACP Professional Standards wishes to thank the BACP members who continue to support the publication of the Good Practice in Action resources through their participation and voluntary involvement in the governance and reviewing of resources through the Good Practice Steering Group, Working Groups and Focus Groups. Also, our thanks extend to BACP colleagues within the research team who have undertaken the preliminary literature scopes for each topic pathway, and those colleagues, across all departments, who have reviewed and given feedback on resources.

It is not possible on each resource to name individuals, but it is recognised that these publications have been refined, and made fit for purpose, through the many skilled professionals who have given feedback throughout the publication process.