PROFILE The British Association for Counselling Elizabet h Davies Elizabeth Davies is the "What is counselling?" is a n important question to ask in any article that General Manager for BAC. sets out to introduce the British Association for Counselling, as She has responsibility for counselling is a word used to mean so many different things. Colour the day-to-day management counsellors offer to redesign our homes, debt counsellors to transform of BAC and has an overview our overdrafts and sales counsellors threaten to sell us more expensive of the Association's activities consumer goods than we realised we needed. If this is not what we in and developments. BAC understand by counselling, what do we mean? The official definition speaks of "time, attention and respect" offered by the counsellor to the Future articles will locus on client to give "an opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of specific BAC activities including the accreditation living more resourcefully and towards greater well-being". of counsellors, recognising counsellor training courses, Counsellors help people with problems develop better understanding the various codes of ethics of themselves and the options open to them, in a non-judgemental and and practice, and the non-coercive way, working within the client's own framework of values. Counselling at Work Any problem solved by counselling will be solved by clients' own Division. decisions rather than by the counsellor's judgement of what may be a desirable outcome. Many more people, who would not describe themselves as counsellors, use counselling skills as useful tools in other jobs, for example teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers or personnel managers, but recognise and share the same values that underlie the BAC definition of counselling. Such skills ar e not quickly mastered and take training and experience to develop. Founded in 1977 BAC was founded in 1977 and its members are individuals and organisations who share an interest in counselling, agree with the BAC definition of what it is and support the BAC Code of Ethics & Practice for Counsellors as a useful framework to support and develop their skills. By no means all our members work as counsellors, though many do, as volunteers, in paid employment or increasingly in private practice. Membership is growing rapidly, reflecting growing public awareness of counselling and what it can offer. We now have over 4,000 individual members as well as almost 300 organisational members, who together represent hundreds of others working in the field. The affairs of the Association ar e governed by a Management Committee of 11 members, all directly elected by the membership before the Annual General Meeting . The Management Committee delegates some of its responsibilities to subcommittees which currently include Standards & Ethics, Training, Publications, Accreditation and Information Office sub committees. Members of BAC can choose if they wish to join one of the divisions which represent particular interest groups in counselling. They ar e the Association for Pastoral Car e & Counselling , the Association for Student Counselling, Counselling at Work Division, Counselling in Education, Counselling in Medical Settings and Personal, Sexual, Marital & Family Division. All the divisions elect their own committees which run various activities of interest to their members and issue their own newsletters. The benefits of counselling BAC exists to make the benefits of counselling more widely known and available and to maintain and improve standards of training and practice. It awards accreditation to individual counsellors, has a recognition scheme for counsellor-training courses and publishes directories about training in counselling and counselling skills. Other services to members include a Newsletter and Journal, and access to the informal network of BAC member contacts. More information is available about membership and publications of BAC from 37a Sheep Street, Rugby CV21 3BX.
Employee Counselling Today – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1989