Becoming a counsellor / therapist


Becoming a counsellor / therapist

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Hi all,

I will shortly receive a criminal conviction for sexual offences and my guess is that I'll be on the sex offenders register for 10 years and also receive a SHPO for the same length of time (internet offences). My whole life has turned upside down but I want to start working now to get back on track. 

I'd like to work towards becoming a counsellor and become a member of the BAPC (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I know I have a lot of the personal attibutes to be an excellent counsellor and would be prepared for the years of study that career would require. Also, having had a long time to reflect on the causes of my offending behaviour I believe that I would have a valuable insight into various social-psychology factors that trigger certain behaviours.

Does anyone here know whether it's possible for me to pursue this career path given the criminal conviction I'm likely to receive?

Regards,

Hope4eva
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Hope4eva - 21 Oct 17 7:20 PM
Hi all,

I will shortly receive a criminal conviction for sexual offences and my guess is that I'll be on the sex offenders register for 10 years and also receive a SHPO for the same length of time (internet offences). My whole life has turned upside down but I want to start working now to get back on track. 

I'd like to work towards becoming a counsellor and become a member of the BAPC (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I know I have a lot of the personal attibutes to be an excellent counsellor and would be prepared for the years of study that career would require. Also, having had a long time to reflect on the causes of my offending behaviour I believe that I would have a valuable insight into various social-psychology factors that trigger certain behaviours.

Does anyone here know whether it's possible for me to pursue this career path given the criminal conviction I'm likely to receive?

Regards,

Hope4eva

Hi Hope4eva

Welcome to theForum.

Depending on where you chose to study, universities and colleges will usually ask that you disclose details of any unspent convictions. Sadly many can be very risk averse and you may be refused entry onto a course. However, having a good understanding of the reasons for your offending and demonstrating that you've sought help to overcome this will certainly go in your favour. The colleges/universities will want to be assured that you'll be able to get work placements if necessary and also that you'll be able to register with BACP. 

BACP will also require disclosure of any unspent convictions, for both student and full membership.  

As colleges/universities and BACP consider applicants with a criminal record on a case by case basis, it's difficult to give you a definitive answer but without a doubt, going into this kind of work will not be easy with a criminal record. Before you invest too much time and money in training, you may want to make some provisional enquiries with BACP and local colleges/universities. 

Hope this helps but if you need any further information please feel free to give the Unlock helpline a call.

Good luck

Debbie  

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Deb S - 23 Oct 17 8:57 AM
Hope4eva - 21 Oct 17 7:20 PM
Hi all,

I will shortly receive a criminal conviction for sexual offences and my guess is that I'll be on the sex offenders register for 10 years and also receive a SHPO for the same length of time (internet offences). My whole life has turned upside down but I want to start working now to get back on track. 

I'd like to work towards becoming a counsellor and become a member of the BAPC (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I know I have a lot of the personal attibutes to be an excellent counsellor and would be prepared for the years of study that career would require. Also, having had a long time to reflect on the causes of my offending behaviour I believe that I would have a valuable insight into various social-psychology factors that trigger certain behaviours.

Does anyone here know whether it's possible for me to pursue this career path given the criminal conviction I'm likely to receive?

Regards,

Hope4eva

Hi Hope4eva

Welcome to theForum.

Depending on where you chose to study, universities and colleges will usually ask that you disclose details of any unspent convictions. Sadly many can be very risk averse and you may be refused entry onto a course. However, having a good understanding of the reasons for your offending and demonstrating that you've sought help to overcome this will certainly go in your favour. The colleges/universities will want to be assured that you'll be able to get work placements if necessary and also that you'll be able to register with BACP. 

BACP will also require disclosure of any unspent convictions, for both student and full membership.  

As colleges/universities and BACP consider applicants with a criminal record on a case by case basis, it's difficult to give you a definitive answer but without a doubt, going into this kind of work will not be easy with a criminal record. Before you invest too much time and money in training, you may want to make some provisional enquiries with BACP and local colleges/universities. 

Hope this helps but if you need any further information please feel free to give the Unlock helpline a call.

Good luck

Debbie  

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it. Once the conviction is spent, say it's an 18 month sentence (as a random guess), then I can apply for university without having to declare a conviction? Or will I still have to declare it as it will probably always show up on a DBS check?

Thanks,

Hope4eva
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Hope4eva - 26 Oct 17 1:20 PM
Deb S - 23 Oct 17 8:57 AM
Hope4eva - 21 Oct 17 7:20 PM
Hi all,

I will shortly receive a criminal conviction for sexual offences and my guess is that I'll be on the sex offenders register for 10 years and also receive a SHPO for the same length of time (internet offences). My whole life has turned upside down but I want to start working now to get back on track. 

I'd like to work towards becoming a counsellor and become a member of the BAPC (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I know I have a lot of the personal attibutes to be an excellent counsellor and would be prepared for the years of study that career would require. Also, having had a long time to reflect on the causes of my offending behaviour I believe that I would have a valuable insight into various social-psychology factors that trigger certain behaviours.

Does anyone here know whether it's possible for me to pursue this career path given the criminal conviction I'm likely to receive?

Regards,

Hope4eva

Hi Hope4eva

Welcome to theForum.

Depending on where you chose to study, universities and colleges will usually ask that you disclose details of any unspent convictions. Sadly many can be very risk averse and you may be refused entry onto a course. However, having a good understanding of the reasons for your offending and demonstrating that you've sought help to overcome this will certainly go in your favour. The colleges/universities will want to be assured that you'll be able to get work placements if necessary and also that you'll be able to register with BACP. 

BACP will also require disclosure of any unspent convictions, for both student and full membership.  

As colleges/universities and BACP consider applicants with a criminal record on a case by case basis, it's difficult to give you a definitive answer but without a doubt, going into this kind of work will not be easy with a criminal record. Before you invest too much time and money in training, you may want to make some provisional enquiries with BACP and local colleges/universities. 

Hope this helps but if you need any further information please feel free to give the Unlock helpline a call.

Good luck

Debbie  

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it. Once the conviction is spent, say it's an 18 month sentence (as a random guess), then I can apply for university without having to declare a conviction? Or will I still have to declare it as it will probably always show up on a DBS check?

Thanks,

Hope4eva

I would expect you to have an enhanced DBS check for this type of study if there is a work placement involved (there might not be). If it is an enhanced DBS check, then the conviction will never be filtered, so you'd always have to disclose it. In the circumstances, it might be better to approach the BACP first, because if they approve you, it makes it harder for the university to reject you, especially if you can arrange your own work placement.
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I studied an Art course and had to declare an unspent conviction (similar type), they were supportive and could see I had moved on since offending. 

Would it be useful to check if BACP would be OK with you first, at least you could then go to a uni and say that you have already checked with the professional body.

One thing to point out is that if you are given a SHPO, then the conviction will not be spent whilst that order is in place.
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