Become informed about the new process: there is a lot of new information to absorb and understand about these processes. Once you have decided which of the three routes you would like to apply for, get really familiar with it. Read the eligibility criteria, the information you need to submit in the admin form, the reflective criteria questions. Have a clear idea of the structure of the application and what will be required to tackle it.
Keep records and gather information: if you are thinking of applying under any of the new schemes in the new year, you will need to start keeping records and gathering evidence to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and will have evidence for your criteria answers.
Talk to your supervisor: you will need good support if you want to go for any of the new applications and your supervisor will need to write a supporting statement with your application. Check that they are happy to support you and work on the process together. If not, you may want to think about finding an alternative supervisor before you start.
Brush up on your references: you will need to be familiar both with the BACP Ethical Framework and also the new SCoPEd competencies. These competencies go in-depth into five key areas and can seem daunting at first. Make them your bedtime reading for a while until they start to feel familiar and manageable! It will also help you to check any other specific competencies which apply to you like working with CYP or online and telephone working.
Evaluate: these are very changing times in our profession and the impact of the SCoPEd changes will most likely take years to be properly evaluated. It is worth considering what will best serve your career including personal and professional goals at this point. It may be that you are happy to stay in your designated column or that you feel you need to move columns to improve your chance of paid referral work or employment. Think carefully about your motivation and consider what support you will need with any decision to make.
Watch this space! we will be launching guidance and e-books on the new (basic) accreditation process early in 2024 and will be working on the two senior accreditation schemes later in the year. Sign up to our newsletter if you would like to know when these come out.