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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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Citing somewhat obscure case law on clde passes, it is observed that a contract does not pf require payment as such Mitchels and Bond, For additional support in ethical decision making, you can contact the Ethics hub. It is also problematic to import the conclusions of the Francis Vode in an uncritical way.

Miguel Hortolano — Libertad. 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. If you have specific concerns, you can use the glossary as an index to help you find different topics within the Framework. Adopting the proposals of the Francis Report, discussed above, would further reinforce this process.

It is also applicable to counselling research, the use of counselling skills, and the management of counselling services within organisations and agencies. 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.

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What is wrong with the Ethical Framework?

Our commitment to clients. Good practice across the counselling professions This new suite of open access good practice resources is developed in partnership with other professionals to help those working across the counselling professions.


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. Furthermore, the very mixed, and sometimes damaging, experience of adopting a medical template for counselling research ethics in the Higher Education lf should perhaps introduce a note of caution in moving too far and too fast down this particular quasi-medical ethics route Jenkins, b. The Ethical Framework has been subject to a widespread and thoroughgoing process of introduction and evaluation using presentations and webinars.

Counselling Ethical Framework for Good Practice

Being trustworthy is highlighted as a key ethical commitment. Non-maleficence — the responsibility to mitigate any harm to clients.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Work to professional standards by: This was hugely embarrassing for the BACP. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Still, there does seem to be a difference about the way in which the original codes of ethics were developed in the s and s and how the current Ethical Framework is responding to changes in the world of practice.

You should read it, and understand its main principles and points, before working with clients. It is the main point of reference for decisions in professional conduct hearings. 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. It is fantastic that you have two who you feel have the framework down — I think this is essential for building a trusting relationship where you can present the real you.

Arguably, this internal process contributed to the shift away from multiplying codes of ethics eg developing separate codes for counselling skills, for counsellors, for trainers, for supervisors, etc. 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.


Put clients first by: The second major influence has been in the form of the collapse of the project to achieve statutory regulation for counselling and psychotherapy following the change of government in It arguably represented a major turning point in its overall professionalisation as a body.

This new suite of open access good practice resources is developed in partnership with other professionals to help those working across the counselling professions. Working within an ethical framework not only protects the client, but also the counsellor.

It is badp that a legally binding contract can apply to minors under 18 years. We have agreed that we will: Trainees working with each other will: The new Framework, as opposed to a code of ethics, builds on the previous version first introduced at the turn of the century. Email required Address never made public. Statutory regulation or voluntary registration?

However, it still may lack a strong emotional pull, or ehhics of traction, for many BACP members. Empathy — being able to understand the clients experience from their frame of reference.

BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

I always enjoy hearing about good ethical practice, tlohuis, so thank you for sharing. Good Practice in Action Resources to help members engage with the Ethical Framework, including commonly asked questions, fact sheets, legal resources, research overviews and other supplementary guidance.

This is an astute move which neatly heads off any temptation for coaches to set up their own separate professional organisation.