Benefits of organisational membership
- access to our accredited service and accredited course schemes
- the status of professional body membership to assist with tender applications and contractual requirements
- access to members-only information, including good practice resources
- preferential rates for our events
- free subscription to Therapy Today
- free access to our online Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (CPR) journal
- free ethics helpdesk for an impartial perspective on any ethical queries or dilemma
Organisational membership is open to organisations that:
- offer counselling or psychotherapy services to clients
- offer direct services or training to student or qualified counsellors or psychotherapists
- have personnel who use counselling skills in the course of their work
It does not mean that all employees and students of the organisation automatically become BACP members. We do not offer group membership.
How to apply
Please download and complete the application form below. Return it to Membership Services with your supporting evidence and payment for your membership fees.
If the contact person nominated on the application is not the main person responsible for the organisation, we will also require a letter, on the organisation’s headed paper, confirming that they have authority to act on its behalf.
All applications are individually checked by to ensure that the standards for BACP membership, and the profession, are maintained. Please allow up to 28 days for us to process your application.
Membership subscriptions run for a year and are reviewed annually. While there is only one organisational membership category, fees vary according to the type of organisation. If you are unsure about which subscription to apply for please contact us.
Organisational members must agree to observe and abide by our:
- Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
- Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy (where research is undertaken by the organisation or any practitioner working for it)
- membership disclosure and declaration
You should also read our Articles of Association, Standing Orders and membership policies.
Anyone providing services for your organisation must also adhere to these terms and conditions.
If your application is successful, you may state that you are an organisational member of BACP in your promotional materials. You may not use any BACP logos unless you provide an accredited service or an accredited course. See Promoting your membership for further guidance.
BACP accreditation is the mark of a high quality, professional practitioner training course. It guarantees a standard of training accepted for BACP membership, registration and accreditation.
BACP accreditation demonstrates that a service provider offers an accountable, ethical, professional and responsive service to clients, staff, volunteers and stakeholders.
Renewing your organisational membership
Your BACP membership will run for 12 months from the date we confirm that your application has been formally accepted. We'll send you a renewal notice each year before your membership expires.