BACP resources for working online
BACP has. Among other things, it includes links to:
- telephone and e-counselling competences
- training curriculum
- Working Online in the Counselling Professions (a Good Practice in Action fact sheet)
- a collection of resources from the BACP archives.
This resource list will continue to be added to, so it may be useful to keep checking it.
There is also an example client information sheet if you’re going to use Zoom for online counselling.
You may be interested in finding out more about what ways, other than counselling, that counsellors can support clients online. (At the time of publication [April 2020] it’s the third question down on this page of BACP’s website.) As well as BACP’s own advice, there are suggested online support forums and YouTube content.
BACP on OpenLearn
BACP has partnered with OpenLearn to provide their members with access to a curated range of free business training courses.
A selection of courses covering, among others, business and entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, human resources, marketing and communication and management and leadership can be found on this page. There are also links to a selection of our Badged Open Courses.
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) is the main UK body for counsellors and psychotherapists providing online therapy. The site provides a list of ACTO-accredited training programmes, along with blogs and information about how to engage in online counselling safely and effectively.
BACP has created a detailed report to help you find out more about how General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affects counsellors.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has special advice on data protection that acknowledges the need for some flexibility in the current context.
Privacy 4 Therapists is a commercial company that offers data security services to therapists. The company provides a free webinar on GDPR and issues related to data security for counsellors and psychotherapists.
COVID-19 and mental health resources
A more comprehensive overview on mental health is provided by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC’s) Interim Briefing Note, Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak. Note that this is due to be updated regularly: at the time of publication (April 2020) the latest version of the note available was version 1.5.