Karen Lloyd: Well I think having to find the time to do the accreditation application in the first place can be quite difficult for people. One of the things I'm hoping to do today is to break it down for you into more manageable chunks, and when you go away from here today we’re hoping that you will feel motivated, that it will give you the impetus to get on and apply. As we go along we will give you some hints and tips about how to make the whole process more manageable because it is quite a significant piece of work. There’s no getting away from that, you are going to have to set aside several days in which to complete your application.
Just coming back to this concern about it being an academic exercise, it really isn't. I want you to please be reassured that we practise something called positive assessing so we want you to pass. We have over 40,000 members of BACP and only about a quarter of those are actually accredited and we would like to get that number up quite a bit. So we do, we are going to support you as much as we can by giving you the information in order to achieve your accreditation. As I go through and take you through the criteria, we are going to clarify for you what it is we‘re looking for but there’s no need for you to think of this as an academic exercise. What we are interested in is the real you - if we could come and sit with you in the counselling room and observe you, what would we see you doing.
So, just to have a look at the basis for eligibility. In order to apply for accreditation now you must be a registered member of BACP. So we want you to use the latest version of the application form and unfortunately if you submit your application on a very old form we will send it back to you and ask you to use the latest form. So the first hint that we have got up there is to make sure that you keep the criteria on the desk in front of you at all times. The reason that we say that it is because sometimes people get into writing their application for accreditation and they lose sight of the actual sub criteria that we're assessing against. So, you must write to the criterion and I would say we're talking about breaking the application down into more manageable chunks. The application really falls into two halves so there is the eligibility criteria which are from one to five and then the reflective practice criteria which are from six to nine. The eligibility criteria is really concerned with your past experience.