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This Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions is published by the. British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP House, 15 St John’s. Ethical. Framework for the. Counselling. Professions. Our commitment to clients. Clients need to be able to participate freely as they work with practitioners of the. Counselling and Psychotherapy was steered by the Unified Code Working Party of BACP: Professor Tim Bond (Convenor), Roger Casemore, Alan Jamieson.

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It is also applicable to counselling research, the use of counselling skills, and the management of counselling services within organisations and agencies. Conclusion Radically redrawing the accepted definition of a legally binding contract downwards to include young people and across to include non-paying therapy service providers eg the NHS conflicts with baxp of the more traditionally established requirements for a legally binding contract under English law.

In terms of personal moral qualitiescounsellors are encouraged to towards: However, its ocde and bitterly-felt failure to achieve statutory regulation had immediate implications for the role of the Ethical Framework. Our fundamental values include a commitment to: It is mooted that a legally binding contract can apply to minors under 18 years. How the Ethical Framework may serve to address this key problem is explored in more detail at a later point in this paper.

However, if the latter argument was correct, it would rather tend to overturn the past fifty years of medical negligence litigation which is clearly based on tort law and not on the law of contract. Demonstrate accountability and candour by: Personal moral qualities 8. All good things to know. This new suite of open access good practice resources is developed in partnership with other professionals to help those working across the counselling professions.


The Ethical Framework adopts the duty of candour, or openness and congruence, deriving from the Francis Report. Remeber all counsellors agree to or should have in place some form of ethical practice which would include confidentiality and boundaries, so even if you are getting all the balme for the divorce husband side of the story then that should never leave the counselling room from the therapist point anyhow. Professional relationships will be conducted in a spirit of mutual respect.

The BACP, and other therapist organisations, are now faced with the challenge of how to operate a register of therapists on a voluntary basis and how to underpin this process with an Ethical Framework which does not carry the force of law.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! All members commit to complying with this framework as part of their terms and conditions of membership.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is problematic for a number of reasons. Cde and curricula Our training standards are based on the latest research evidence into effective practice.

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These were as a direct result of the challenges that members had experienced in two key problematic areas. It is also problematic to import the conclusions of the Francis Report in an uncritical way.

What is wrong with the Ethical Framework?

Without minimising the distress experienced by patients and their relatives at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust, the differences between counselling practice and the medical and nursing practice criticised in the Francis Report seem to be much more telling than their similarities. Counsellors and psychotherapists have a limited potential to cause other than psychological etyics to their clients, crucial though this form of harm may be. Citing somewhat obscure case law on bus passes, it is observed that a contract does not necessarily require payment as such Mitchels and Bond, ethica It is fantastic that you have two who you feel have the framework down lf I think this is essential for building a trusting relationship where you can present the real you.


Good Practice in Action The Good Practice in Action resources provide additional supplementary information to help you to implement the Ethical Framework within your practice.

Professional ethics in the therapeutic world is currently dominated ethivs discussion of the new version of the BACP Ethical Framework It led to the current stricter membership categories and vetting controls which now characterise admission.

Principles direct attention to important ethical responsibilities.

BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Working within an ethical framework not only protects the client, but also the counsellor.

These changes are not contentious in themselves. This change is probably inevitable, given the role of data protection law, team working and the continuing interest of the courts in records of therapy. In other words, it has been developed to inform individual members of the BACP, as well as those providing counselling services.

Our core principles are:. We will consider carefully in supervision how we work with clients — see 60— Our core principles are: Under this code, ethical breaches could have led to dismissal and to a legal ban on future practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Good supervision is much more than case management.

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