The competence framework describes the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to deliver effective counselling in further and higher education (FE and HE). It is applicable for practitioners working in universities and colleges, with students of all backgrounds and age groups and in any modality.

Counsellors' guide

The counsellors' guide provides a description of the model of competences and the areas of activity which combine to represent good clinical practice.

BACP competences and curricula

Our competences and curricula are based on the latest research evidence into effective practice. They can be used by practitioners, trainers, supervisors and services to ensure practitioners have the skills and knowledge needed to work in a particular setting, or with particular clients.

Copyright and permissions

All our competence frameworks, user guides and training curricula are copyrighted with all rights reserved. We have developed these resources to help BACP members in their practice development and to support the development of training courses. Permission to use these resources is defined under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

You can find information about when you are permitted to use works without having to apply for permission in Exceptions to copyright.

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