SCoPEd Framework (Updates)

Below we aim to provide you with updated information concerning the proposed SCoPEd Framework from BACP, UKCP and BCP. We want to let you know that, although CTUK Admin are against the framework, we appreciate that some of our members aren’t, and we aim to include articles for and against the framework, and continue to support all of our members.

The SCoPEd Framework is an attempt by the 3 voluntary membership bodies to build a competency framework detailing the minimum training requirements, competencies and practice standards within the field. If it is implemented then it will be something which affects us all, regardless of if we’re a member of one of the 3 organisations above. Therefore, it is vital that all therapists are aware of it and it’s potential impact upon the profession.

You can read the SCoPEd Framework here, which we suggest doing before reading the arguments for and against below.

Once you have become familiar with the SCoPEd Framework and the information below we would suggest contacting your own membership body to let them know your thoughts and suggestions, good or bad.

Below you will firstly see a list of all the responses CTUK has made regarding the Framework followed by a list of publications from those in favour of the Framework and then a list of publications against the Framework.

CTUK Response

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

Click here to download the full PDF version.


September 2019


August 2019


August 2019


July 2019

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July 2019


February 2019


FOR SCoPEd 

Andrew Reeves (BACP Chair) – https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/2019/25-july-a-view-from-the-chair/

Julia Samuel (BACP Vice President) – https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/2019/8-august-julia-samuel-on-scoped-it-works-for-clients-and-the-profession/

UKCP – https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/news/framework-counselling-psychotherapy/

BPC – https://www.bpc.org.uk/news/scoped-ground-breaking-project-set-out-training-requirements-and-practice-standards-counselling


AGAINST SCoPEd 

The big #SCoPEdDebate – The #TherapistsConnect community discusses the second iteration of the SCoPED project by BACP, UKCP and BPC.

Alliance – (Andrew Samuels)  https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/scoped-andrewsamuels-letter/

Alliance – (Andy Rogers) https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/scoped_denial_rogers/

Alliance – (David Murphy) https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/the-questionable-evidence-base-of-scoped/

Alliance -(Arthur Musgrave and Joe Stuart)  https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/scoped_musgrave_stuart/

More from the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy here – https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/

Erin Stevens (BACP Resolution proposer) – https://aclientfirst.com/2019/06/25/the-medicalisation-of-therapy-what-can-we-infer-from-the-language-of-scoped/

Caz Binstead (Private Practitioner and member of BACPs Private Practice Executive Committee) – https://www.pcsr.org.uk/resources/12

National Counselling Society – https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/a/api/download/?id=181

Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) – https://m.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=2355451414466367

Maria Albertsen, things SCoPEd says Counsellors can’t do – https://mobile.twitter.com/MariaAlbertsen_/status/1091807268537069569

The British Association for the Person-centred approach – https://www.the-pca.org.uk/blog.html

Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy – https://www.partnersforcounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk/pcp-scoped-update-july-2020/


  • Please send us any articles you discover, either for or against SCoPEd and we will add them here. Thank you 😊