BACP to close accreditation route 4.3

The Board of BACP has decided that route 4.3 to accreditation will close to new applications on 31st October 2012

Have you been seeing a therapist or counsellor who had not received accreditation through a practitioner course?  Route 4.3 route has been available for over 10 years to allow therapists who were working in the field, before what is currently defined as a practitioner training course was widely available, to demonstrate equivalence of skills, knowledge and practice and to apply for accreditation. BACP* are closing this route to “ensure consistent standards in the future”.

Before I started my training I was curious what existing non accredited counsellors would do in the new regulatory framework.  The experience of being a counsellor must count for a sizable component of one’s competencies but equally students now embarking on the long training path will perhaps wonder how someone should be able to be accredited in the absence of fulfilling the same training requirements.

* The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.

As the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, BACP aim to increase public understanding of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy, raise awareness of what can be expected from the process of therapy and promote education and/or training for counsellors and psychotherapists.