We understand the challenges you face as a student and are committed to providing you with the resources and support you need to succeed in your training and future career.

As a student member, you have access to:

  • up-to-date expert guidance and practical support on counselling skills, ethics and professional practice
  • opportunities to connect with other student members and experienced counsellors via our Communities of Practice platform and student forum
  • representation on behalf of student members to develop and uphold professional and ethical standards
  • advocacy for the counselling profession with the public, employers, commissioners and policymakers

We're committed to raising credibility and confidence in counselling, and we're proud to support student members in their journey to becoming counsellors. Read about becoming a student member.

Included in your student membership

Student conference and BACP events

As a student member of BACP, you have access to a tailor made hybrid conference which takes place every two years. The conference is dedicated to supporting you to bridge the gap when you move from core training to paid employment, whatever sector you're starting out in.

Our next student conference is in 2025. Check our BACP events calendar to find out about upcoming events

Communities of Practice

The Communities of Practice is a discussion forum for all BACP members. We encourage our student members to take a look at the Communities of Practice students community and over 20 other active communities where counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches can share their experiences and best practices. 

CPD and resources

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.

The my CPD tool makes planning your learning for the year and recording your completed activities easy.

Ethical support for students