Benefits of retired membership
- free subscription to our professional magazine Therapy Today
- free access to our online research journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (CPR)
- discounted places at our events
- access to members-only information
- exclusive discounts on counselling and psychotherapy books
- free access to the EBSCO research journal database and discovery service
- free online business courses through OpenLearn
This category is open to existing members, and those whose membership has lapsed within the last three years, who are not currently in practice and do not intend to practise in the near future. It's not intended for those who are taking a short career break and intend to practise within the next 12 months (for example those on parental leave).
To help you decide if this is the right category for you, you can check the definition of ‘practice’ and ‘practitioner’ in the Ethical Framework glossary as the terms can include activities such as teaching, research, coaching or using counselling skills in another role.
As a member of BACP you'll be bound by our Articles of Association and our Professional Conduct Procedure. You must also agree to abide by the values and principles of our Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
You should also read our Membership policies and protocols
If you start practising again you must let us know and return to full membership. You'll also need to join the BACP Register within 24 months. Contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
How to apply
To transfer your membership, download and complete the form below:
Membership subscriptions run for a year and are reviewed annually. The annual membership fee for retired members is subsidised, so no further reductions are available.
Renewing, reinstating or changing your membership
How to renew your membership, reinstate your membership if it's lapsed or change your membership category
Whether you’re new to BACP or you’re a current member looking to get the most from your membership, we’re here to support and enrich your career.
Our membership categories reflect and support the journey you take as a practitioner.