It was with great anticipation, trepidation and pleasure that we welcomed around 220 viewers to the recent Workplace counselling online event. The key presenters included well known experts such as Nicky Stevens, Stephen May and Workplace division executive member, Nicola Neath, and we also had a panel session.

Members said they felt more knowledgeable, confident, inspired, employable and skilled from attending.  

A surprising highlight for the executive came from seeing so many of our members and other visitors in the chatroom! For many, this was an opportunity to connect with fellow professionals and share recent experiences of working during COVID-19 within their own organisations and workplaces. It was great to welcome so many HR professionals into this forum too and hear more about the challenges they've been facing.

“It's been a challenging and isolating year for many, including workplace counsellors, which means sharing professional experience within this sector is crucial. The divisional executive members worked hard to build this event and I was proud to chair the day”, said Julie Hughes, BACP Workplace division Chair. 

The feedback overall has been positive, with key highlights being the ease of attending, the overall content, the range of presentations with access to the chatroom and the opportunity to submit a question to the presenters.  

Given the attendance and feedback, there is discussion that future events will be held in a similar manner. This feels exciting and we're putting our thinking caps on to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our membership and beyond! Do stay posted as there will be news regarding similar events by the BACP Workplace division later this year.