Codes of Practice for Training and Employment: Changing the Game

About the Codes of Practice

“Respect for All recognises the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union as an appropriate body to represent and negotiate on behalf of PCU members who are professionally involved with RfA as volunteers, trainees or self-employed counsellors.”

-Alix Otten, Respect for All

A PCU working group, led by Nick Totton, developed two Codes of Practice:

1. Trainee Code of Practice [pdf] MS Word  for unpaid work for trainees to "get the hours" for qualification.

2. Employment Code of Practice [pdf] MS Word for paid work for charities and other organisations. 

The two codes were adopted at PCU's first campaign conference, held at Resource for London on Saturday 3rd December. 

Raising Awareness

This database of approximately 200 organisations has been generated from contacts provided by the membership:

Organisations database

Nick contacted these organisations, emailing the codes of practice encouraging them to adopt the codes. He received 4 positive responses – all of these responses were people that were linked to the Union who have changed their own practice. See the responses below.             

UKCP were contacted.  They acknowledged the contact and stated that they will get back to PCU and this will be followed up by the Codes of Practice project group.

If you know of an organisation that PCU should approach to adopt the codes:

I'm the Co-ordinator of Re-Vision's low cost counselling scheme and I think I gave some feedback some months about the policies.  I think they're excellent and we will be looking further at Re-Vision's policies in relation to our trainee counsellors in the service. As you acknowledge, the capacity to pay our volunteers is some way off, but we do at least provide free supervision and insurance and a three-way contract. We are currently considering offering travel expenses as well.  I will start to make our volunteers aware of the PCU when they join the service and hope they will consider joining. Which reminds me I need to do so too!

Deb Lyttelton, Re-Vision

Join the campaign team

There are some useful ways members can get involved:

  • Join our Codes of Practice campaign team to make follow-up phone calls and email contact to organisations and agencies we have emailed.  
  • Catch up with the Codes of Practice campaign forum here (members only) and put yourself forward to help with this important next phase.
  • Take the codes to training organisations, agencies etc and ask that a response be made - use the PCU Talking Points to help. 
  • An article Therapy Today and other therapy publications.
  • Help with gathering/collecting data in relation to trainees and therapists experience.
  • Contacting organisations when they are advertising jobs.
  • A campaign demonstration.