Would you like the opportunity to chair the committee of a ground-breaking project to set out the training requirements and practice standards for the counselling and psychotherapy profession?


The counselling and psychotherapy professions are not regulated by statute, they are instead held to account via the accredited registers scheme under the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). There are several accredited registers in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and each Register has its own distinct standards of training and practice.

Not all counsellors and psychotherapy professionals are registered with the PSA and at present there are no uniform entry requirements or training requirements to enter the field. This causes confusion for the public, for clients and patients, for employers and for commissioners of therapy services. There is also confusion amongst those who are considering training in this field as there are disparate standards, with a wide range of courses available at differing academic levels geared to different client/patient groups and professional roles and sitting within different qualifications frameworks.

The Scope of Practice and Education for the counselling and psychotherapy professions (SCoPEd) is a pioneering collaborative project which aims to set out the current training requirements, academic levels, competences, and scope of practice areas for counselling and psychotherapy practitioners at each stage of their professional journey.  The SCoPEd Oversight Committee (SOC) has been set up to ensure the governance of the SCoPEd project going forward.  The SOC governance includes the PSA as an observer, senior representatives (typically CEO) from seven partner PSA accredited counselling and psychotherapy professional membership bodies and the voice of service users through new roles for Experts by Experience.

We hope that this ground-breaking work will help to clarify the professions for the public, trainers, employers, clients and patients and other stakeholders in this field.

Appointment of an Independent Chairperson

We are seeking an Independent Chair who can provide effective and dynamic leadership of the SOC, ensuring that the partners focus on the aims and objectives of the project and manage the work effectively to achieve a shared competence framework. The Independent Chair will share a passion for the vital work that the partners undertake for the profession and will help the SOC navigate the challenges and opportunities of the project and build on the new collaboration.

We are looking for an individual with considerable experience in strategic leadership, change management and professional standards.  This is a unique and exciting role offering the chance to make a real contribution to the future of the counselling and psychotherapy professions. The Independent Chair will have relevant experience of, and success in, leading committees of this kind.  A considered thinker, with excellent relationship-building skills they will identify and encourage collaborative working, thinking about how the SOC can achieve project aims and objectives for the benefit of members and the profession. The role requires a high degree of tact and negotiation skills along with flexibility and commitment.

The counselling and psychotherapy profession are fully committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, which the Independent Chair is also expected to champion.

This is a lay role and applicants are not expected to be a member of a counselling and/or psychotherapy body.  We particularly welcome applications from individuals outside the counselling, psychotherapy, and wider mental health profession in order to support full independence and facilitate the strategic nature of the group’s work.

London – this is a paid Board role at £500 per meeting.

This role presents an opportunity to work with us at a hugely exciting point in our development. We are looking for a Chair who shares our aim of agreeing, adopting and taking future responsibility and ownership of a shared framework of standards and practice for the counselling and psychotherapy professions. 

If you want to play a leading part in shaping the future of our services, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

How to apply

Application is by CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for the Chair role and how you meet the role requirements. Eastside Primetimers are supporting SCoPEd in recruiting to this role and applications should be sent to Paul Venning, p.venning@ep-uk.org. Please download or contact us for an information pack before you apply. If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Paul to arrange a convenient time.

The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd Feb with shortlisting telephone or online interviews taking place that week or the week after.  Interviews with the SOC will take place either week commencing the 15th March or 22nd March.


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