Bacp Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Demonstrate knowledge of the BACP framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The Ethical Framework is designed to regulate the work of the counselling practitioner in order to safeguard the needs of the client and to ensure that they are being treated with respect and dignity.

The welfare of the client forms the foundation of he code of practice – the client is protected through the principles outlined within it.

The fundamental values of counselling and psychotherapy are as follows;

• Respecting the client and their dignity
• Ensuring client’s safety
• Maintaining a professional relationship between counsellor and client
• Practitioner should keep up-to-date on counselling practice and be committed to
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Explain the importance of the following when using counselling in a formal setting.

Professional Conduct
Ethical Issues
Confidentiality
Boundaries
Legal Responsibility
Negligence
Diversity and Difference

For the counsellor to exercise ‘professional conduct’, they would be expected to reflect the requirements o the Ethical Framework and demonstrate this in their practice by providing good quality care and counselling clients in a competent manner. It is important that this is followed properly not only to ensure that each client is treated fairly but that it is done in a way that can be regulated and monitored; this is done by having regular supervision and support.

Any ethical issues that could be raised in a counselling setting must be dealt with sensitively. The ethical framework states that “accepting the statement of ethics, members of the BACP are committing themselves to engaging with the challenge of striving to be ethical, even when doing so involves making a difficult decision or acting courageously” . The ability to act in accordance with the framework and resolve ethical issues is imperative to safeguard the clients (and possibly people in their care, depending on the issue.)

Confidentiality is a key factor in maintaining client’s trust in their counsellor. A client can consent to disclosure of their

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