Workplace counselling is widely acknowledged as a valuable way for organisations to support their employees’ mental health and wellbeing.

Demand for workplace counselling is increasing, creating a growing number of opportunities for counsellors to work in this area.

There are unique elements to workplace counselling which require specific knowledge and understanding. Our workplace counselling competence framework identifies the competences required for  counsellors to practise safely and effectively in this area. 

It also provides a user guide for workplace counselling services, clients accessing workplace counselling and employers wishing to commission these services.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the framework, email us at

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.

If you're not sure and would like to seek permission to use any of BACP’s competences, curricula and user guides, please email Professional Standards at