Thank you and goodbye, Dr Chris Forester (NCS Chair)

As some of you will be aware, Dr Chris Forester Chair of The National Counselling Society is leaving the society today and heading to pastures new. We didn’t want to see Chris go without taking a moment to say thank you to him for all he has done to support us over the last couple of years. What you may not know is that Chris Read More …

BACP answer members questions about #SCoPEd

On 14th December 2020 we received a response form BACP to members questions regarding the SCoPEd Framework. You can read in full below. If you have any questions or comments then please leave a comment below or get in touch via info@ukcounsellors.co.uk. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT SCoPEd Question 1. The basic premise for the SCoPEd framework was to present an answer to some “issues” within Read More …

CTUK Members send their SCoPEd questions to BACP

On 17th November 2020 CTUK sent a list of questions regarding SCoPEd to The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In total over 100 therapists asked a question and CTUK Admin grouped them as shown below. We hope to receive a response by the New Year and will keep you updated. QUESTIONS ABOUT SCOPED 1. The basic premise for the SCoPEd framework was to Read More …

BACP members map themselves against the SCoPEd Framework.

In 2019 CTUK carried out a survey which asked BACP members to map themselves against the SCoPEd Framework.  A total of 487 BACP members completed the survey. The results show how counsellors and psychotherapists map their own competencies as opposed to what the SCoPEd Framework says they can or can’t do.  Below is a sample of the results. We are busy analysing the raw data Read More …

Platforming Controversy

Over recent years we have seen the emergence of no-platforming. No platforming is the act of removing someone’s platform to speak. This usually happens to prevent the airing of hate speech but has been increasingly used to silence academic critique. Institutions from all sectors have struggled to operate from a position of anything other than fear. What do these great institutions fear? “Woke” backlash. The cancel culture which has seen companies drop shares and individuals lose their jobs. I write this with an understanding that some will find even the mention of this topic controversial and with the understanding that for many people, speaking out has a cost.

A critical evaluation of the revised SCoPEd Framework (July 2020)

This document aims to provide a comprehensive review of the current iteration of the SCoPEd framework (July 2020). The key issues remain the same as they were with its previous counterpart and those are as follows: The subscription to the medical model of distress. The elevation of psychotherapists at the expense of registered counsellors who are severely deskilled in key areas of their practice. Deskilled to such an extent it is difficult to argue they would be safe to practice at all. The inherent bias of the teams working on this framework and the widely challenged methodological flaws.

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** National Counsellors’ Day Awards 2020 **

This year we launched our first awards aimed at counsellors and those championing counselling. It is an idea that has not gone without some contention but the responses we have had once the ball got rolling have made all the planning and effort worthwhile. What we wanted to do with these awards was to celebrate counsellors for the work they do and present examples of Read More …

National Counsellors’ Day 2020 – a brilliant weekend!

It has been a week since we marked National Counsellors Day with our online conference and the admin team are still processing the event. Anyone who attended is likely to be too. By the close of sales, we had had over 1000 people purchase a ticket. That is such a phenomenal response, we have been truly blown away. It was also a huge compliment to Read More …

Congratulations to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union on their 4th year

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) was founded in 2016 and has become increasingly popular with counsellors and psychotherapists across the UK. On 25th April 2020 they held their annual AGM where they said goodbye to Richard Bagnall-Oakley and welcomed Julie Lyons as the new Secretary. CTUK would wish Juliet every success in her new role and thank Richard for his time and dedication in Read More …