BACP Ethical Framework

I work under the BACP Ethical Framework, which includes the following values:

  •  Respecting human rights and dignity
  •  Protecting the safety of clients
  •  Ensuring the integrity of practitioner-client relationships
  •  Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application
  •  Alleviating personal distress and suffering
  •  Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful to the person(s) concerned
  •  Increasing personal effectiveness
  •  Enhancing the quality of relationships between people
  •  Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture
  •  Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services

and the following principles:

  • Being trustworthy: honouring the trust placed in the practitioner (also referred to as fidelity)
  • Autonomy: respect for the client’s right to be self-governing
  • Beneficence: a commitment to promoting the client’s well-being
  • Non-maleficence: a commitment to avoiding harm to the client
  • Justice: the fair and impartial treatment of all clients and the provision of adequate services
  • Self-respect: fostering the practitioner’s self-knowledge and care for self

and the following moral qualities:

  • Empathy: the ability to communicate understanding of another person’s experience from that person’s perspective.
  • Sincerity: a personal commitment to consistency between what is professed and what is done.
  • Integrity: commitment to being moral in dealings with others, personal straightforwardness, honesty and coherence.
  • Resilience: the capacity to work with the client’s concerns without being personally diminished.
  • Respect: showing appropriate esteem to others and their understanding of themselves.
  • Humility: the ability to assess accurately and acknowledge one’s own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Competence: the effective deployment of the skills and knowledge needed to do what is required.
  • Fairness: the consistent application of appropriate criteria to inform decisions and actions.
  • Wisdom: possession of sound judgement that informs practice.
  • Courage: the capacity to act in spite of known fears, risks and uncertainty.