The Division of Counselling Psychology promotes the interests of Counselling Psychologists across the UK.
Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS)Show content
EThOS is a database that has access to over 250,000 theses carried out at UK universities - this includes Counselling Psychology theses.
Employment supportShow content
Psychologists face many challenges in the current economic and political climate. Expectations have changed and the domain of influence and skills required of psychologists have broadened considerably. Individuals have experienced personal employment challenges as services are reorganised and roles changed. In the NHS for example, changes to commissioning arrangements from April 2013 and delivery cost pressures have meant significant change to mental health services and the roles of psychologists. On the other hand, opportunities have arisen for groups of psychologists to form consortia and bid for services, and to work in partnership with the third sector (for whom opportunities are also expanding and who are at the same time being expected to work to different demands and pressures). In the forensic sector there is increasing private provision. Opportunities for independent practice are increasing, as many psychologists are leaving the NHS and setting up businesses successfully, where the challenges have become greater with rising public expectations. In the university sector, the push for internationally recognised research, coupled with the customer focus of today’s student body, is raising the bar for academics.
Guidelines and PublicationsShow content
BPS Practice Guidelines 3rd Edition (2017)
The BPS Practice Guidelines 3rd edition (2017) was produced by a working group drawn from across The Society whose members are engaged in professional practice, as well as representatives from relevant expert reference groups.
This document provides a set of shared guidelines for practice for all applied psychologists, and its main aims are:
- to benefit members
- to benefit the public
- to define good psychological practice for all psychologists
- to provide guidance on legal and regulatory issues
- to strengthen the identity of psychologists
Culture, Diversity and Ethnic Minorities Publications
- Download our Race, culture and diversity booklet
- Download the leaflet of "Towards a Culture and Diversity Strategy within and across Ethnic Minorities"
DCoP Professional Practice Guidelines
The Guidelines offer general principles whose implementation is intended to assist and clarify the judgements of individual practitioners subject to their particular circumstances.
Actions and practices which are contrary to the recommendations warrant serious and careful consideration in consultation with supervisors.
Mention or lack of mention in the guidelines of a particular act or omission shall not be taken as conclusive on any question of professional conduct.
It is the responsibility of Counselling Psychologists to be familiar with Society publications on matters of ethics and conduct.
Working Relationally Series
Research is a key part of what we as Counselling Psychologists engage with, whether thats the research we engage with as we train, the research we conduct in order to qualify, or indeed after qualification and for use in our practice as we move forward in our careers.
There are a number of initiatives that will be in progress as the Division develops, but one of them is the research hub.
As ever, this Division seeks to promote our profession and to serve its members, so any ideas you may have, please do get in touch with us.
For the Hub, you can contact [email protected]
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