Ethical guidelines for researching counselling and psychotherapy
We are committed to promoting the best possible research into our areas of activity, whether this is undertaken by our own members or by independent researchers. This research includes systematic monitoring and evaluation of services, as well as small and large-scale academically-based studies of issues related to the counselling professions.
These guidelines aim to promote and inform good research practice. They should be read alongside the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, in particular Good Practice points 68 to 74.
They may also be referenced in the Professional Conduct Procedure to consider in any issues arising from research undertaken by BACP members.
These guidelines are currently being updated and a new version will be published in early 2018.
Publications are listed alphabetically by topic and may include:
- literature and evidence summaries - an overview of the available research on the topic
- research guidelines - to help practitioners develop research skills, undertake ethical research and provide training in research methods
- research reports - report of research undertaken or commissioned by BACP, including the research methods and key findings
- systematic reviews - a comprehensive summary of the current research literature on the topic, using a structured methodology to identify what studies to include