BACP Workplace A Division of BACP

Guidelines for counselling in the workplace

New Good Practice in Action resource for Counselling in the Workplace

"Many of the sickness absence surveys are now suggesting that work-related stress and mental health are the leading cause of long term lost working days, as well as a major source of invalidity claims at work. There is mounting evidence that counselling at work can provide the social support that many need when they are not coping with the excessive pressures. We hope that these guidelines will make a difference and help 'the many' who suffer silently." - Professor Cary Cooper, CBE, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University and President of BACP

According to World Health Organisation estimates, at least three employees in ten suffer from mental health problems1 - ranging from short-term depression to more chronic conditions. The leading employers quoted above have long known that providing staff with access to counselling services is part of the answer. But did you know that workplace counselling is not only effective it is cost effective? These guidelines feature detailed case studies proving that counselling provision can save money for business:

1 World Health Organisation (2000)

The guidelines are being supported by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), The British Occupational Research Organisation (BOHRF), The Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association (COPHA) and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA).

Download a copy of Counselling in the Workplace: Sector Overview 001.