Practice

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

In line with our usual requirements, we’re now requesting that you’re in practice when applying for accreditation. We relaxed this requirement between 23 March and 1 October 2020 while many of you were either pausing your practice or making the transition to online or telephone working. If you have a gap in your practice between these dates as a result of the restrictions, please confirm this in a cover note when emailing us your application.

If there are extenuating circumstances which mean you’re not in practice when applying for accreditation, please contact our accreditation team at accreditation@bacp.co.uk.

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 could previously 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 and evidence of competency to work online or by phone 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 criterion 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, you’ll need to meet our usual supervision requirement of 1.5 hours a month. We relaxed this requirement between 23 March and 1 October 2020 due to the lockdown restrictions.

You may wish to consider alternatives, such as peer supervision, if your usual supervision arrangement isn’t possible. We ask that members to use their professional judgment when considering what supervisory support they need.

Please see our guidance on supervision for further information.

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

The same applies as in the previous question. We ask members to use their professional judgment on what level of supervisory support they need. You will need to meet the 1.5 hours a month requirement. 

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 in a live online format while training periods are impacted by the pandemic for membership and accreditation purposes. Please see our student FAQs for more details.