The British Psychoanalytic Council [BPC]

Background information

The BPC is a registering body for psychoanalytic practitioners, which has been in existence for over 20 years.
It is an association of member institutions [MIs] that are training organisations, professional associations and accrediting bodies which have their roots in psychoanalysis and analytical psychology. They bring together approximately 1400 psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapists and counsellors.

Registrants work across the public, voluntary and private sectors; many are senior clinicians in the core mental health professions. Many registrants also make important contributions to research.

A register is produced annually of those practitioners who meet the fitness to practice standards *. Promoting professional standards and acting as a voluntary regulator of the profession is a key role of the BPC; the most recent government decision about regulation is that therapists and counsellors will be offered ‘Assured Voluntary registration’ through the body which was called CHRE. BPC has been very involved in all the negotiations with the various possible bodies for both statutory and voluntary registration, and will be included in whatever national register is finally used.

BPC accredits the trainings of its MIs, ensuring they meet the agreed training standards. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry onto the BPC register.

Historically the original MIs who formed the BPC had been members of UKCP in the psychoanalytic & psychodynamic section. After disagreements about training standards and other issues these MIs left UKCP to form a wholly psychoanalytic organisation. However in the last few years relationships between UKCP & BPC have become co operative and cordial; indeed the current UKCP Chair is also a BPC registrant. Recently the original requirement for MIs to only belong to BPC as been removed and some MIs enjoy dual membership.

In 2008 BPC took a strategic decision to extend the categories of registrants to include those who have graduated from psychoanalytic and psychodynamic trainings “of rigour” so that ‘we can better speak for the profession as a whole’;

*Fitness to practice standards-
1] The registrant must be a member in good standing of their own professional institution-[which is an MI of the BPC]
2] They must subscribe to and be governed by the BPC’s published Code of Ethics.
3] They are regulated by BPC’s Complaints Procedure
4] They must maintain an annual programme of continuing professional development which is monitored and approved by BPC.