BACP members have a contractual commitment to work in accordance with the current Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. These Good Practice in Action resources are not contractually binding, 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 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 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.
Commonly asked questions
Good practice across the counselling professions
A new suite of open access good practice resources, developed by BACP in partnership with other professionals.
Competences and curricula
Training frameworks for use by practitioners, trainers, supervisors and services. Includes the skills and knowledge required for working with children and young people, Counselling for depression (PCE-CfD), further and higher education, supervision and telephone and e-counselling.
Information and resources to support your ethical practice