We have more than 40 years’ experience in supporting counsellors and psychotherapists, understanding your needs and equipping you to work in a fast-changing world.
BACP membership gives you access to up to date, expert guidance and practical support to help you develop your skills and your practice.
We also work on your behalf to develop and uphold professional and ethical standards and to champion the profession with the public, employers, commissioners and policymakers. We work to raise the credibility of, and confidence in, counselling, ensuring you are recognised for your competence and skills.
Included in your membership subscription
Our Ethical Framework is the foundation and support for ethical practice, and there's almost 100 supplementary Good Practice in Action resources to help you apply it to your practice.
For specific practice-related queries, our Ethics hub offers practical guidance and individual support, with specialist services available for supervisors or those working with children and young people.
Learning and CPD
Our Learning centre supports your continuing professional development (CPD) with access to a growing library of free content, including podcasts, research resources and on demand event recordings.
A My CPD tool makes it easy to plan your learning for the year and record your completed activities.
Latest professional news and thinking
Our award-winning member magazine Therapy Today is published 10 times a year, bringing you the latest professional news and thinking written by practitioners for practitioners. You can also search the online archive for articles from the last 10 years.
Our international Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal (CPR) can inform your practice with high-quality, ethical research. And you can subscribe for free access to the online versions of all seven of our specialist divisional journals.
Networking and events
Network with other members, both online and in person, to share best practice and exchange different professional insights at our free and discounted conferences and CPD events.
And coming soon, you can join our new member-only communities of practice platform where you can connect, collaborate and share your counselling experiences.
Our competency frameworks will help to you ensure you have the skills and knowledge needed to work in particular settings, or with particular clients.
And, you can use our member-only jobs board to look for new roles and placements to develop your career.
Optional additional subscriptions
For a small additional fee, you can join one of our seven specialist divisions for information and support in specific fields of counselling.
Subscribe to our CPD hub for over 300 hours of online resources and presentations from experts in the field to develop your competence and knowledge.
Registered and accredited members can also subscribe to our directory and advertise your services as a therapist, supervisor and trainer.
Member discounts and services
We work with external suppliers to offer appropriate, exclusive free or discounted products and services for our members.
Working on your behalf
BACP membership demonstrates your commitment to ethical and professional practice, and we work to ensure this is understood and valued by clients, employers and the public.
Our Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists shows that you've met high standards of practice, have robust ethics and are committed to ongoing professional development.
Our Professional Conduct procedure helps give the public confidence in BACP members and protects the reputation of the profession.
We know that counselling changes lives, and we work hard to promote the profession and create opportunities for our members.
We're developing the research base that demonstrates the effectiveness of counselling, enabling us to make persuasive arguments to policy makers and commissioners for choice, availability and accessibility of psychological therapies.
And we’re working with politicians and decision makers across the four nations to make the case for increased investment in counselling and psychotherapy.