Practice

I can’t practise at the moment due to the restrictions imposed by the Government. Can I still apply?

We usually require applicants to be in practice while they are applying for accreditation. We’re temporarily relaxing this requirement, but we do ask that you return to practice as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. When you send us your application, please tell us when your last practice session was and confirm that your practice is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in a covering note.

I can’t see face-to-face clients at the moment so have moved to online and telephone counselling. Can I count these hours?

Yes, practice hours carried out by telephone or video call can be counted towards accreditation and this won’t change during the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll need to include an explanation of your way of working online or by telephone in criterion 8. We don’t count hours accumulated through asynchronous support such as texting or email.

If I'm short of the required 450 hours over a six-year period, will you extend the duration of the accreditation qualifying period to account for the practice hours lost during lockdown?

If you have a shortfall over a six-year period directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, we’ll consider accepting applications where the practice hours are accumulated over a slightly longer period. We’ll need to see your diary of practice and how many hours you’ve accumulated before the pandemic.

CPD

Will there be any flexibility on the time period for CPD that can be used to evidence criteria 6.1 (currently 12 months)?

We’re still asking members to use a CPD activity completed within the last 12 months where possible. However, if the impact of coronavirus means you’ve had to delay sending us your application, we’ll offer some flexibility. Please highlight if this applies in your application or contact us beforehand at accreditation@bacp.co.uk.

Supervision

I'm not seeing any clients at the moment due to coronavirus. Do I need ongoing supervision and how will this affect my accreditation?

If you’re considering or currently applying for accreditation, please try to meet the 1.5 hour requirement if you can, but you may wish to consider alternatives, such as peer supervision, if this isn’t possible. We’re asking that members use their professional judgement when considering what supervisory support they need, and we’ll be flexible with our usual standards to ensure members aren’t disadvantaged. If you’re having a break from practice and supervision, you’ll still need to have a supervision contract in place for accreditation purposes.

Please see our supervision FAQs for more details on supervision while not in practice.

I'm seeing a reduced number of clients; can I reduce my supervision?

The same applies as in the previous question. We’re asking members to use their professional judgement on what level of supervisory support they need, and we’ll be flexible with our usual standards during the lockdown restrictions.

Can I replace individual supervision with peer supervision during this situation?

If your usual individual supervision arrangements aren’t currently possible, you may wish to consider peer supervision as a temporary alternative or addition. This is a valid form of supervision for experienced therapists, but it's important you assess whether your supervision arrangements are ‘appropriate’. For example, peer supervision alone is not recommended for trainees and is unlikely to be sufficient for newly qualified therapists.

Extensions

Can I have an extension for resubmission as the current situation is taking up all my time?

We’ll be flexible with extensions to resubmissions if you’ve been impacted by coronavirus either at work or personally. Please contact us at accreditation@bacp.co.uk to discuss this with our accreditation team.

Students

My course (core training) has had to move online due to coronavirus. You state that online or distance learning is not acceptable for accreditation; is this the case here?

We understand that the current restrictions mean teaching face to face isn’t possible so we’re being flexible with the usual requirement. We’ll accept teaching being continued online during the lockdown period for membership and accreditation purposes. Please see our training FAQs for more details.