The BPC is delighted to announce that its Register has now been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) under its Accredited Registers programme. This was a joint application with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and it means that registrants of both the BPC and the ACP can tell their clients and employers that they are on an accredited register.
The Accredited Registers programme was set up by the Government and sets out various standards applicable to organisations that deal with occupations that are not statutorily regulated. In order to use the PSA accreditation mark, organisations that hold voluntary registers must prove that they meet these standards. The standards fall into the following areas:
- Setting standards for registrants
- Education and training
- Managing the register
- Providing information
- Handling complaints.
PSA accreditation offers enhanced protection to anyone looking for a psychotherapist or counsellor – people now have the option of seeking practitioners on a register that has been vetted and approved. Being on the PSA register also demonstrates how committed the BPC and ACP are to high professional standards, to enhancing client safety and to delivering a better service.
Julian Lousada, Chair of the BPC, said; “We are delighted to have achieved accreditation with the Professional Standards Authority. Our Registrants work with people from all walks of life and the accreditation status will help reassure the public of the high professional standards they work to. We are particularly pleased to have achieved the accreditation jointly with our partners at the Association of Child Psychotherapists and look forward to developing our close working relationship with them.”
Heather Stewart, Chair of the ACP said:
“The quality mark is important for our practitioners who have all undergone a rigorous NHS training in child mental health settings. It shows that the ACP is serious about maintaining high standards in psychotherapeutic practice with children, young people and their parents. This is also good news for the public - letting them know that anyone who holds the mark sits on an independently vetted register as approved by the Professional Standards Authority..”