The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is the leading professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, representing over 40,000 members.
BACP is a registered charity which aims to enable access to ethical and effective psychological therapy by setting and monitoring professional standards and by conducting research into counselling and psychotherapy to identify what interventions work best.
BACP serves both its members and the public. The BACP website receives more than 1.25 million hits per year, with over 27,000 of these people accessing the ‘Find a therapist' page each month. These figures alone point to a serious need for increased provision of effective, ethical and evidence based services.
BACP receives around 13,500 calls per month, ranging from members of the public seeking a counsellor to complex concerns from members needing specialist ethical advice. Frequently asked research questions include ‘How to evaluate a counselling service in a school?' and ‘How to find robust research results on counselling people with depression?'
The need for research to evaluate the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy practice and to assess the efficacy of therapeutic interventions, and the lack of funding for such research, led to BACP setting up and pump priming an independent Research Foundation.
What is the BACP Research Foundation?
BACP has established an independent and innovative Research Foundation, the first of its kind worldwide. The Foundation will commission both national and international researchers to build on research to date and provide a comprehensive body of research evidence to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy.
Conducting research into counselling and psychotherapy is the only way to establish how practitioners can best provide ethical and effective therapy and to identify what treatments work for whom and under which circumstances. For example, how do people with depression respond to therapy and what kind of intervention works best? What kind of therapy will help children who have been abused to recover resilience and lead a fulfilling life? Could those who commit suicide have been helped earlier by therapy to prevent them taking their own lives? Does counselling support for carers enable better outcomes for families?
Apart from the emotional cost of such problems for individuals and families, the cost to society of ‘picking up the pieces' is enormous; we believe that through early investment in the Research Foundation, research may demonstrate ways that counselling may facilitate resilience and prevent chronic mental health problems, through helping people to manage their mental health problems in a better way.
If you are interested in finding out more about the BACP Research Foundation please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01455 206 355
The BACP Research Foundation focusses on evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy for people of all ages, so we do not currently fund research using animals. However, as a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) we adhere to the AMRC's principles around animal research as outlined in this statement.