About

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)is a multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy.

History

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) was founded in 1972 as an interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behaviour therapy. As the important role of behavioural and cognitive approaches in a wide range of settings has been established and recognised, the Association has grown both numerically (from 195 members originally to over 6,500 in year 2008) and in the scope of functions it undertakes.

Aims

  • Promote the development of the theory and practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies in all applicable settings in accordance with the Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics.

  • Provide a forum for discussion of matters relevant to Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies among members of all helping professions.

  • Disseminate information about, set standards for and provide training in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies among members of all helping professions.

  • Maintain standards for practitioners of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy by providing the opportunity for members who meet minimum criteria to become Accredited.

  • Represent the interests of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapists through liaison with public and professional bodies and other world-wide organisations with similar aims.

  • Publish and circulate an academic Journal, Newsletter and other publications aimed at disseminating research and information about the applications of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

  • Facilitate the formation of Geographical and Interest Groups in order to provide a local and special interest service to members.

Since its establishment in 1972 the Association expanded from 195 members to 6400 in 2007. The current membership reflects the broad range of professional involved in applying behavioural and cognitive approaches to the wide variety of human problems.

Members include:

  • Clinical Psychologists

  • Researchers and Academics

  • Educational Psychologists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Psychiatrists

  • Social Workers

  • Speech Therapists

  • General Practitioners

  • Nurses

  • Counsellors

  • Teachers

  • Students

  • Psychotherapists