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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Trainees working with each other will: Ethics hub Information and resources to support your ethical practice. This is problematic for a number of reasons. Our training standards are based on the latest research evidence into effective practice. The new Framework, as opposed to a code of ethics, builds on the previous version first introduced at the turn of the century.

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These were in responding to the perceived risk of client suicide and to the issue of defining and prohibiting sexual relationships between counsellors and their clients. This shift towards the primarily external reference point of medical ethics to validate changes to the ethical framework may be unconvincing for some BACP members. For additional support in ethical decision making, you can contact the Ethics hub.

Our core principles are: Personal moral qualities 8. This was pf embarrassing for the BACP. We will maintain high standards of honesty and probity in all aspects of our work. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Responding to ethical dilemmas and issues. Our core principles are:.

Since there are huge disparities in how ethics are approached, the BACP framework has made every effort coce reflect this ethical diversity by considering three key ethical domains: You are commenting using your WordPress. Supervisors will keep accurate records of key points discussed in supervision.

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There are three bapc sections:. Counsellors are probably unlikely to challenge the fine detail, or even the overall tenor, of legal guidance. What is wrong with the Ethical Framework? It acknowledges the growing impact of digital versions of therapy and the changing landscape of professional practice, incorporating, somewhat controversially, coaching along with counselling and psychotherapy as part of the counselling professions.

The proof of the ethical pudding will be in terms of how it shapes and supports therapist and client behaviour, as measured, at least in part, by the numbers of future complaints. It also enhances the interaction between the two by promoting transparency and thus helping create equality between the client and the counsellor.

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We will avoid any actions that will bring our profession into disrepute. It is mooted that a legally binding ethice can apply to minors under 18 years.

If you have specific concerns, you can use the glossary as an index to help you find different topics within the Framework. This has involved a major process of rewriting, consultation, comparison with other similar professional codes and membership acclimatisation prior to its introduction in In the interests of openness and honesty with clients: This is an astute move which neatly heads off any temptation for coaches to set up their own separate professional organisation.

This type of approach was used, for example, by the American Psychological Association in The second challenge is that of achieving appropriate compliance by members. These were as a direct result of the challenges that members had experienced in two key problematic areas. The Good Practice in Action resources provide additional supplementary information to help you to implement the Ethical Framework within your practice.


In contrast, legal action against therapists for breaches of contract or for professional negligence currently continues to remain at no more than a low and somewhat anecdotal level. Following an extensive review and consultation, the new Ethical Framework came into effect on 1 July As a framework it creates a shared structure within which we all work but with space to respond to the needs of different contexts and client groups. 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.

This may perhaps be inevitable, given the complexity of rewriting ethics codes and the substantial size of the membership base.

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This process of responding to internal drivers, deriving from the experiences of members, seems now to have changed track to locating the major drivers for ethical change in external influences, particularly those based in the medical profession Bond, Here, there are some potential difficulties. These changes are not contentious in themselves. Citing somewhat obscure case law on bus ethjcs, it is observed that a contract does not necessarily require payment as such Mitchels and Bond,

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