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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.

Becoming a member of a new profession
Becoming a member of a new profession

This chapter looks at what it means to join counselling and psychotherapy as a profession and what is involved in the process of becoming a ‘professional’ counsellor. It covers the following topics:

  • understanding counselling and psychotherapy as a new profession;
  • exploring the statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy;
  • developing critical perspectives on the role of counselling in society;
  • exploring the relationship of counselling and psychotherapy to other professions;
  • becoming a professional counsellor and psychotherapist.
Learning context

The BACP Core Curriculum (2009) briefly sets out the requirement for students to develop knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of counselling in order to join and fully become a part of the wider community of therapists. The BACP Ethical ...

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