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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.
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