SCoPEd is a ground-breaking project that aims to set out the training and practice standards for counselling and psychotherapy.

The consultation exercise, which was run by an independent research company on behalf of BACP, the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), attracted more than 7,000 responses from members of all three organisations alongside more than 70 responses from stakeholder organisations.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation. We received a wide range of views from members of all the organisations and are looking forward to feeding your views back into the project. We are committed to working with our members on this important project, and your feedback is an essential part of the process.

The initial analysis tells us that

  • 40% of respondents believe the draft framework would make it easier for patients or clients to find the right kind of help to meet their needs. While 24% felt it would make it harder.
  • 54% felt the draft framework would make it easier for employers to establish which counsellors and psychotherapists to employ in their service. With 23% feeling the framework would make it harder.
  • 61% of the respondents felt that the draft framework would make it easier for trainees to understand the pathways open to them for core training with adults. 23% felt the framework would make it harder for trainees.
  • 54% also felt that the framework would make it easier for professional bodies to promote their members’ skills, compared to 21% who felt it would make it harder.

All three organisations felt it was important to share these early results at this stage.

More than 3,000 members and stakeholders submitted a comment as part of the consultation process. These are currently being analysed by the independent research company for the key themes, which will be published in the summer.

We were all very aware of the strength of feeling during the process and wanted to acknowledge this. Further independent analysis is now taking place on the rest of the member and stakeholder consultation. While we have an early indication that we should progress this work to explore, alongside our memberships, where it could lead us, we know that there is more work to do. Once we have understood the detail of the feedback, we will begin a plan of further engagement with our members, registrants and stakeholders to understand how we can develop the work.

This is an unprecedented piece of work, it will have its challenges, but we would like to thank everyone who has responded so far. We look forward to creating something that can be genuinely helpful for everyone involved in, or who benefits from the professions.

Andrew Reeves, Chair, BACP
Susanna Abse, Chair, BPC
Martin Pollecoff, Chair, UKCP

Hadyn Williams, Chief Executive, BACP
Gary Fereday, Chief Executive BPC
Sarah Niblock, Chief Executive UKCP

 

Q1a - How will the framework affect clients or patients being able to find the right kind of help to meet their needs?

Base: All respondents
Total Membership
BACP BPC UKCP
A B C
Total 7087
100%
5878
100%
230
100% 
979
100% 
It will make no difference (0) 1477
21%
1284
22%
32
14%
161
16%
I have no idea of the effect (0) 1090
15%
901
15%
42
18%
147
15%
NET: Harder 1707
24%
1562
27%
26
11%
119
12%
NET: Easier 2813
40%
2131
36%
130
57%
552
56%
Q1b - How will the framework affect employers being able to establish which counsellors and psychotherapists to employ in their service?

Base: All respondents
Total Membership
BACP BPC UKCP
A B C
Total 7087
100%
5878
100%
230
100% 
979
100% 
It will make no difference (0) 833
12%
725
12%
18
8%
90
9%
I have no idea of the effect (0) 802
11%
685
12%
19
8%
98
10%
NET: Harder 1616
23%
1508
26%
13
6%
95
10%
NET: Easier 3836
54%
2960
50%
180
78%
696
71%
Q1c - How will the framework affect trainees in their understanding of the pathways open to them for core training with adults?

Base: All respondents
Total Membership
BACP BPC UKCP
A B C
Total 7087
100%
5878
100%
230
100% 
979
100% 
It will make no difference (0) 631
9%
570
10%
9
4%
52
5%
I have no idea of the effect (0) 550
8%
481
8%
14
6%
55
6%
NET: Harder 1603
23%
1485
25%
13
6%
105
11%
NET: Easier 4303
61%
3342
57%
194
84%
767
78%
Q1d - How will the framework affect professional bodies being able to promote the skills and services of their members?

Base: All respondents
Total Membership
BACP BPC UKCP
A B C
Total 7087
100%
5878
100%
230
100% 
979
100% 
It will make no difference (0) 878
12%
781
13%
14
6%
83
8%
I have no idea of the effect (0) 872
12%
764
13%
27
12%
81
8%
NET: Harder 1492
21%
1376
23%
17
7%
99
10%
NET: Easier 3845
54%
2957
50%
172
75%
716
73%