The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion brings together organisations with a shared mission to improve diversity within the counselling, psychotherapy and psychological therapy professions. Its current focus is promoting inclusive and anti-oppressive professional training as part of a greater vision to address further barriers to inclusive practice, particularly in relation to supporting racially and ethnically minoritised communities.
The Coalition is Chaired by Place2Be, and membership includes: Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC); Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP); British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT); the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB); Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network (MCAPN); National Counselling Society (NCS); Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR); and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Following a consultation with trainers and training providers in February 2021, the Coalition partners have agreed to commission and deploy an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes. This will support the development of skills, knowledge and understanding for delivering inclusive counselling and psychotherapy training across a range of learning organisations. With an initial focus on race and ethnicity, the primary objectives of the toolkit will be to provide support in three areas of course provision: the institution; the training programme; and the individual tutor (launching in 2022).