What is MBACP?

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In this brief blog, we will discuss what MBACP is.

We will also explore the different kinds of MBACP and what is required to become an MBACP.

What is MBACP?

MBACP is an abbreviation for the Members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

MBACPs are usually professional counsellors in the United Kingdom who are registered as active, retired, or organisational members of the BACP. 

When you are registered as a MBACP, you are considered a recognised Counsellor within the UK counsellor community and are entitled to various benefits such as:

  • Accreditation
  • Professional development guidance
  • Expert guidance
  • Networking opportunities
  • Other membership benefits such as resources

To become a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, you will have to be eligible according to the criteria put up by the BACP in their registration documents as well as pay fees annually depending on what type of membership you are signing up for.

What are the different Members of BACP?

The different tiers of MBACP are listed on the BACP website and each tier has different kinds of requirements and fees. Here are some details of each tier listed below.

Student member

Student membership is for students who are currently taking any counselling and psychotherapy practice training courses. 

To be eligible for the membership you must meet particular requirements such as:

  • The course should be atleast one year;s full time or two years part time within a classroom based- one to one training hours.
  • The student must have at least 100 hours of supervision and practice.
  • Core training will not be for courses such as psychology, hypnotherapy, social work or coaching.
  • The course should either be full in-person course or at least 70 percent inperson course with 30 percent online training. 
  • The student must also be part of practicums that are with genuine clients and not training peers
  • It should be practising with counselling services as an ideal and not through private practice. 
  • The practicums should ideally be face to face with minimum online counselling
  • It should be supervised with at least 1:8 hours of supervision to counselling hours. 

The membership is open to doctoral students as well and this need not include supervision. The application process for both students and doctoral candidates is provided on the BACP website. 

Individual member

Individual membership is for practising counsellors and psychotherapists who have successfully completed a counselling or psychotherapy practitioner training course that is recognised by the BACP criteria.

The member should have had at least one to two years of training program prior with practicum that has 

  • at least 100 hours of supervision and practice.
  • Core training will not be for courses such as psychology, hypnotherapy, social work or coaching.
  • The course should either be a full in-person course or at least 70 percent in person course with 30 percent online training. 
  • practicums that are with genuine clients and not training peers
  • It should be practising with counselling services as an ideal and not through private practice. 
  • The practicums should ideally be face to face with minimum online counselling
  • It should be supervised with at least 1:8 hours of supervision to counselling hours. 

It must be noted that membership is not given for disciplines such as:

  • psychology, hypnotherapy, social work or coaching
  • in counselling combined with another discipline
  • drama therapy, music therapy or dance therapy
  • courses delivered solely through online or distance learning

Registered member (MBACP)

Registered membership is the main category of registration that is recognised by the BACP for for practising members.

To become a registered member you must have graduated from a BACP accredited course or passed BACP Certificate of Proficiency.

Being a registered member of the MBACP means that it is part of the public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who meet or exceed BACP quality standards.

Benefits of registered membership include:

  • use of the designatory letters ‘MBACP’
  • a certificate of registration and a personalised logo that you can use to promote your practice
  • free listing on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • opportunity to advertise in our therapist directory (additional fee required)
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  • Member benefits

To be able to become a registered member, you must:

  • already be an individual member of BACP
  • currently be in practice, or have practised within the last three years
  • have successfully completed and graduated from a BACP accredited course
  • have passed our Certificate of Proficiency

Accredited member (MBACP – Accred)

Accreditation as a member of the BACP recognises a practitioner’s experience, accomplishment and development within their specialist area as an independent, ethical and competent practitioner. 

Accreditation is awarded through an in-depth application and assessment process related to  hours of training, practice and supervision.

Requirements include:

  • Graduated from a BACP accredited course, or professional counselling or psychotherapy training.
  • Have at least 450 hours of tutor contact hours
  • Have  at least two years (part-time) or one year (full-time)
  • is in practice when you apply for accreditation for more than three years (these do not have to be consecutive years)
  • Have been supervised for at least 1.5 hours a month throughout this period of practice.

Retired member

This membership is for professionals who are no longer practising but want to stay in touch with their profession and benefit from our services.

Retired membership is also open to members who are taking a long career break.

The benefits that they avail include:

  • free subscription to our professional magazine Therapy Today
  • free access to our online research journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (CPR)
  • discounted places at our events
  • access to members-only information
  • exclusive discounts on counselling and psychotherapy books
  • free access to the EBSCO research journal database and discovery service
  • free online business courses through OpenLearn

To apply for this membership the individual must be:

  • An existing members
  • A professional  is not currently in practice and does not intend to practise in the near future. 
  • Taking a career break for more than 12 months 

Organisational member

Organisational membership is for organisations providing counselling or psychotherapy services to clients, or those offering services or training to therapists. 

This means that the organisation receives BACP accreditation but not the therapists and counsellors within the organisation. 

When an organisation is registered to the BACP, they can avail:

  • accredited service, accredited course and approved qualification schemes
  • access to members-only information, including good practice resources
  • preferential rates for our events
  • free subscription to Therapy Today
  • free access to our online Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (CPR) journal
  • free access to the Ethics hub for support and resources on ethical queries or dilemmas
  • discounted rates for advertising on our online Jobs board
  • exclusive discounts on counselling and psychotherapy books
  • free access to the EBSCO research journal database and discovery service

What is BACP?

BACP refers to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The BACP is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. The focus of this association is to champion the counselling professions and support them in making a positive difference to the mental wellbeing of their clients.

The association promotes and facilitates research to produce ethical and best practice and ensure that the professional follows the highest possible standards that protect clients seeking therapy.

The association also provides education and training for counsellors and psychotherapists who are working in either professional or voluntary settings.

These programs are both full or part time, with the intent to raise the standards of the counselling professions for the benefit of the community.

They also work to inform and educate the public about counselling and how these professions can meet the needs of people whose participation and development in society is impaired by physical or psychological health needs or disability.

Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have discussed what MBACP is.

We have also explored the different kinds of MBACP and what is required to become an MBACP.

FAQ related to MBACP

What does the BACP stand for?

BACP refers to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The BACP is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. The focus of this association is to champion the counselling professions and support them in making a positive difference to the mental wellbeing of their clients.

What does the BACP do?

The association promotes and facilitates research to produce ethical and best practice and ensure that the professional follows the highest possible standards that protect clients seeking therapy.

The association also provides education and training for counsellors and psychotherapists who are working in either professional or voluntary settings.

What qualifications do you need to be a therapist in the UK?

To be a therapist in the UK you will need:

  • a degree in psychology or a related subject like nursing, medicine or social work. 
  • an accredited postgraduate qualification. 
  • 450 hours of practice to be registered as a licensed psychotherapist recognised by United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Who Is the BACP governing body?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy follows the Charity Commission’s Charity Governance Code and is governed by The Trustees, known collectively as the Board of Governors.

Is there a governing body for counsellors in the UK?

In the UK, the governing body for counsellors is the UKCP.

The UKCP is the leading professional body for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. 

References

BACP membership. BACP. Retrieved on 16th March 2022. https://www.bacp.co.uk/membership/home/

About the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. BACP. Retrieved on 16th March 2022. https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-us/home/

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