Bacp Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Demonstrate knowledge of the BACP framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The Ethical Framework is designed to regulate the work of the counselling practitioner in order to safeguard the needs of the client and to ensure that they are being treated with respect and dignity.

The welfare of the client forms the foundation of he code of practice – the client is protected through the principles outlined within it.

The fundamental values of counselling and psychotherapy are as follows;

• Respecting the client and their dignity
• Ensuring client’s safety
• Maintaining a professional relationship between counsellor and client
• Practitioner should keep up-to-date on counselling practice and be committed to
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This is supervised and checked regularly by an accredited member of the BACP to ensure that the requirements of the BACP are being met. A person using counselling skills in other occupations may use similar methods but will not be formally using the guidelines and being assessed in such a way as that of a qualified counsellor. The intention of the use of the skills is also different. The counsellor and client relationship is a therapeutic one and both parties understand the potential or intended result of it, whereas using counselling skills may used for other purposes. For example, a person in a professional setting such as a people-management role may use listening, reflective and paraphrasing in a similar way to a counsellor yet the objective is different. The use of the counselling skills facilitates the relationship of the manager and the employee but there isn’t the intention behind it that there is between a counsellor and their client.

A person using counselling skills should not describe themselves as a qualified counsellor as the level of training differs greatly and it would be misleading and unethical to do so. Pete Sanders refers to counselling skills as being “basic helping” without being required to adhere to the ethical principles of counselling and psychotherapy, whereas a qualified counsellor will be held “appropriately accountable” for