BACP gives special status to the PCUPosted by Philip Cox

Some excellent news has been received – BACP has just altered its document, ‘INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS/REGISTRANTS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO A COMPLAINT’. The addition now reads: The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union is an organisation that offers support to its members which may be of assistance if you are one of its members, and is completely independent of BACP. Its website can be located at”

This has been achieved by Andrew Samuels who since Feb 2016 has worked on getting the PCU recognised by professional membership/registration bodies. Andrew has also achieved special status for the PCU with UKCP, BPC and NCS. 

Below is the post we have put on Facebook. Could all members please mention this important news to at least 2 people in your network - the aim to use this great opportunity to spread the word about the value of joining the PCU. Ideas on how to build on this news would be greatly appreciated:

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) would like to thank the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for referring in the relevant guidance document to the Union as an organisation that can support BACP members who have had complaints made against them. We also support members who may be thinking of making, or have made, a complaint. The PCU has been similarly referred to by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the National Counselling Society (NCS). All counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and so on, whether members of these organisations or not, are warmly invited to become members of the Union, where you could immediately draw on the Union's resources for help with complaints, employment issues, harassment, etc. Our motto is ‘Standing Up for Therapists and Therapy’, and that is exactly what we do. We would particularly welcome an increase in the diversity of our membership to include people from minority and marginalised groups. Our next AGM is in London on April 1st (seriously), and all members are welcome. Feel free to find out more at or make direct contact via We look forward to hearing from you.  


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