Peter Jenkins – Tuesday 25th April 2017

Prior to taking the post of Chair of Counselling North West, Peter has been a member of both the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and the UKCP Ethics Committee and this evening session was devoted to providing attendees with an understanding of the recent changes to the BACP Ethical Framework.

Peter was able to project this rather serious topic in a light and practical manner, engaging the audience throughout the evening with brief activities and visual aids, covering various elements including; the reasoning behind the alterations to the framework; the move from advisory & mandatory regulations to more prescriptive guidance; the shift from rule following & outcome approaches to ethical decision making; the structure of the framework; and also our own internal values, ethical principles, and personal moral qualities.

32 individuals attended the session with 31 of these rating the overall session – incorporating Peter’s style, manner, and knowledge, as well as the content of the session – as either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ with 1 member receiving a ‘fair’ experience of the evening.

Feedback from attendees included comments such as:

  • Peter was easy to listen to and made this subject easy to make sense of. Thank you!
  • Thought provoking
  • Really useful and beneficial
  • Thank you for a very helpful session Peter
  • Good debate but would have enjoyed more case studies and group work
  • Made a dry subject interesting and accessible – thanks
  • I think Peter was very interesting. Very educational. I learned a lot. Felt like I was at Uni (in a positive way!)
  • Very enjoyable. Kept us interested and involved
  • Excellent session – thank you
  • Great talk, lots of interaction and visuals

Peter’s book ‘Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Ethics and the Law’ is available to buy and attendees were lucky enough to receive a discount on the night.

Tracy McCadden