We are a BACP division which is for everyone interested in the provision of counselling in the workplace, the emotional health of organisations and the individuals within them. We are concerned with counselling that is provided directly or indirectly through organisations, and a wide range of related employee support activities.
"We have been hearing a lot about the financial pressures faced by both private and public sector organisations, resulting in rounds of job losses and restructuring. Uncertainty and lack of opportunities are damaging career aspirations. Redundancy can be a welcome change for some, a terrifying prospect for others. Many are facing a drastic loss of income through unemployment or because pay is squeezed. The future continues uncertain with reduced pensions. Those in work face increased workloads, and constant organisational change has become the norm. Workplace counselling, whether through employee assistance programmes or in-house, has never been more relevant, and continues to thrive in many organisations. However, we know that services have been reduced or axed as organisations look for ways to reduce costs, and fewer people have the resources to self-fund. To survive the recession, it is more important than ever for counsellors to develop personal and professional resilience, to retain belief in the importance of our profession, and to have the tools to preserve and develop workplace counselling services." Jean Crispin - Chair BACP Workplace
Some key aspects of our work include:
Trauma support in organisational contexts
Developing positive working relationships and behaviours
Providing support for staff in high risk roles
Developing effective organisational policies
Outcome Evaluation (*02/02/2013 - see below for update)
Developing brief therapy models
BACP Workplace measurement survey results
We are delighted to provide a link to the results of the recent study into outcome measurement practice among BACP Workplace members and the wider counselling and EAP sector:
"Measuring up? Measuring effectiveness and impact in workplace counselling and EAP settings: Current practice, attitudes and needs"
Among the findings:
- 75% of the 132 practitioners indicated that they use measures of outcome in their practitioner role, and 64% of practitioners indicated they have been using measures for more than five years
- CORE is by far the most commonly used measure, indicated as being used by 64% of respondents. Also in common use are GAD-7 (26%), PHQ-9 (21%) and EAP case closure reports
- Practitioners within internal service roles receive a higher level of feedback than those in EAP roles
- A very sizeable majority (73%) of respondents are either generally, largely or highly positive about the value of measures
- Two-thirds of services (65%) use measures.
- The highest rated motivating factor for using measures was service development and improvement, rated by 86% of services as critically important, followed by the need to provide evidence of service impact to key stakeholders, rated as critically important by 80% of services
The study was profiled in the news section of November 2012 Therapy Today, and will also be the subject of an article in the Counselling at Work Spring 2013 issue.
The report can be downloaded by BACP Workplace members by clicking here
2012 Workplace Measurement survey
For membership queries contact Divisional Officer Julie Cranton on email@example.com