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Developing and maintaining a secure framework for professional practice is a core part of any counselling and psychotherapy training, as all therapists need to understand the key values, ethics and laws that underpin the profession today. But what does being a member of a ‘profession’ actually mean, and what does being a ‘professional’ actually involve? Structured around the BACP Core Curriculum, and with the help of exercises, case studies and tips for further reading this book covers everything from the requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework to broader perspectives on good professional practice. It includes:  • Practising as a therapist in different roles and organizational contexts  • Working with key issues, including difference, vulnerable clients and risk  • Understanding the law and relevant legal frameworks for practice  • Working ethically, including contrasting models and approaches to ethics.

Developing new roles in counselling and psychotherapy
Developing new roles in counselling and psychotherapy

This chapter looks at the potential next steps for counsellors, once having finally achieved qualification and registration as a counsellor. These steps might include:

  • working as a counsellor: employment, private practice or portfolio work;
  • developing a new specialism and undertaking further training or individual accreditation as a counsellor;
  • developing new roles as a group facilitator, counsellor trainer, supervisor, researcher or coach.
Learning context

The BACP Core Curriculum (2009) has relatively little to say about the development of new roles, as its main focus is primarily on the requirements for training as a counsellor. The BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016) explicitly recognises the development of professional specialisms that are integrally linked to the role ...

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