• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Surviving and thriving as a counsellor or psychotherapist
Surviving and thriving as a counsellor or psychotherapist

This chapter looks at the process of working as a counselling student, from placement up to qualification and the point of registration with BACP. The areas covered include:

  • developing self-awareness and self-care;
  • making use of supervision;
  • preparing for placement;
  • qualifying and registering as a counsellor.
Learning context

The BACP Core Curriculum (2009) sets out the detailed requirements for students on BACP-accredited counselling courses, with regard to developing reflexivity and self-awareness, the precise standards for supervision of client work, and expectations of appropriate placements as learning opportunities for students. The BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016) clearly sets out the contours and purpose of supervision and the importance of counsellor self-respect and self-care in ...

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