BACP Ethical Framework



if you're viewing this from the VLE are you floated by on YouTube a very warm welcome my name is Rory Lee's Oaks and in this presentation we're going to look at an introduction to the BA CP ethical framework I'll give you a brief history of the BA CP and this is an edited version taken from their website the British Association for counselling was founded in 1977 it was called a BAC at that time and it was farmed with the aid of a grant from the Home Office voluntary service unit although the BAC can trace its roots back to the 1970s in 1978 the headquarters has moved from London to rugby in September 2000 the Association changed its name to the British Association for counselling and psychotherapy now known as the BAC P and it's the largest and broadest body within the sector through its work the BAC P ensures it meets its remit a public protection while also developing and informing members so why do we have an ethical framework why do we need ethics in counselling well I've written the definition here my view is there's an ethical framework has two main functions the first function it provides the sets of values and attitudes that practitioners aspire to and abide by to give a clear indication as to the professional accountability and sanctions which may be applied if the practitioner acts in a way that disadvantage of clients or brings the profession into disrepute or both the second is to provide the general public with a transparent mechanism that allows complaints to be investigated and if proven sanctions applied the overall aim of the framework is to protect the public and give reassurance that professional probity is expected from those who work under it so the ethical framework is in sections then when you look at the sections one is ethics for counselling and psychotherapy on his guidance on good practicing counseling and psychotherapy Professional Conduct procedure our heads of complaint so we're going to look at those sections a little more detail and explain what the function is and how they work in practice well first the ethics for counselling and psychotherapy they're split into three main sections the values of counseling and psychotherapy ethical principles of counseling and psychotherapy and personal moral qualities and to get the best out of this I'd advise you to read the ethical framework it's a very detailed document although very accessible to read however if I were to give a summary are an overview this is about personal values this is about expectations of the profession and expectations of individual practitioners moral qualities and it focuses very much on the moral values that are expected of somebody who works in a very privileged position of being a counsellor the second part of the framework is guiding some good practice in counseling and psychotherapy and this focuses on providing a good standards of practicing care working with colleagues probity and professional practice and finally care of self as a practitioner and this is good practice in terms of the mechanisms of delivering practice so it's talking about an overall idea of standard of practicing care how one communicates and works with colleagues the expectations of working perhaps in a multidisciplinary same probability in professional practice how to work in a way that upholds the values of the ethical framework and indeed protects the clients and finally care of self as a practitioner it's expected that practitioners care for themselves and don't work when they're in a situation where their own health may impact on the kind of quality and provision and care that's expected for clients the third part is professional conduct procedure and this is about complaints so the ethical framework clearly gives a mechanism for coming in a complaint and how a complaint is dealt with and how abhorred is form to oversee the complaint so first of all it tells the general public how to bring a complaint and the timescales that one can bring a complaint in it speaks about how you can make a complaint and who to contact it talks about a formal professional conduct procedure so this is the mechanism that the board would oversee the complaint would form and how they would then conduct the hearing into the practitioners behavior as outlined in the complaint there would be a professional conduct hearing where a practitioner could either appear in person or sending a summary to to discuss the allegations and the complaint made if the complaint is upheld then there's what's called a sanction and this sanction is something that the the BA CP would ask your counselor to do it can go from something very mild like like produce a reflective statements on something they've done to being struck out and off the from the ba CP in some cases and some people are asked to leave and they have their membership terminated there is a formal appeals procedure so so if a sanctions applied the person the practitioners had the sanction applied can form an appeal and appeal against it but if that appeal fails then the details of the sanction the name of the counselor and the actions that the ba CP have asked the counselor to do to to form the sanction are published in therapy today which is the BA CP zone magazine that is circulated amongst psychotherapy professionals the final part is what's called heads of complaints it would be better described as headings of complaint there's three types of headings where complaints can be made one is professional misconduct so a general member of the public can make a complaint that they've been professionally mistreated and there's been misconduct done malpractice and bringing the profession into disrepute so these three heads of complaints would form the panel to which the investigation into complaint was formed and finally I'm sure that some of you might know who this is if you don't I'll tell you it's a man called Bernhard Manning the late burn and Manning geese he died a few years ago he was a comedian and his comedy act was considered by contemporary observers as sexist and racist and homophobic in February 1996 it was reported by the independent that Manning had signed up as a section race counselor clearly sexist racist and homophobic and not the kind of values that one would expect from someone in the counseling profession and as such it formed a catalyst for change for the NBA see now I have to say that the what I've read would say that burning Manning actually was untruthful about his qualifications he said he had the Diploma in counseling but in fact clearly that wasn't the case as a response to that Tim bond the van BAC chairman and Tim bonds a well known figure in therapeutic environments was well known for his teaching and writing authorship he said that mr. Manning's application it had accelerated the process for change from now our members qualifications and training will be subjected to a thorough check and the situation that we have today is that anybody who wants to join the B ACP has to go through a very robust application process see Arby's sites of qualifications and also you have to if you're practitioner you have to a letter from your supervisor recommending you for I'm nominating you to be a member of the BAC P if you want further information if you watched on the VLE click on the resource tab above the red arrow that will take you directly to the PDF file on the BAC P website which is the ethical framework and you can read it in more detail if you're watching on YouTube if you go on to HTTP colon forward slash forward slash WWB ACPO UK and then look at the tab on their website saying for the public and then go into professional framework that will guide you to the PDF file which is a fully downloadable ethical framework for the public to view and finally thank you for watching

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