Extract from the BACP website (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Linda Aspey, BACP Coaching Chair “When I first heard of coaching some years ago I was sceptical, equating it with quick fixes, “motivational gurus” and people charging vast sums of money. I had spent years and years training and gaining accreditation in counselling too, so was rather baffled, even annoyed at times.
However I subsequently realised that there are many skilful, ethical and highly trained coaches, (with and without a therapeutic background), who do life enhancing work with clients right across the spectrum – including coaching youngsters to help them to overcome being bullied, coaching ex offenders to develop confidence and avoid reoffending, working with organisations to help them to lead and manage people fairly, effectively and with integrity, and helping “ordinary” people to find and fulfil their potential. It is these sorts of practitioners (and their clients) for whom the division was formed, at their request. As a membership organisation we have to ensure we are current and relevant to the needs of our members working across a diverse range of modalities, contexts and sectors. And as a currently self regulated organisation, we have to ensure that we define and apply standards to which our members are expected to work. We want to support, inform, guide and assist – it’s that simple” .