Why join BAPCA?

We aim to provide an atmosphere where, through their involvement with BAPCA, members will feel free to self-organise and to develop themselves. Members play a vital role too in helping BAPCA in its development as an organisation.

Open to anyone with an interest in the approach, BAPCA welcomes students, therapists, tutors, nurses or workers in all fields of social relations such as caring professions, as well as people involved in business, education, arts and media.

BAPCA was formed in 1989, sparked by the idea to create a movement for people who were interested in, or committed to the Person-Centred Approach. One person who helped from the beginning was Irene Fairhurst, now a life-time Honorary member of BAPCA.

Irene explained 'a few of us were talking one day about the need to create a national organisation, in the light of possible regulation of counselling and psychotherapy. We decided to call a meeting and invited around 200 people we knew in the country at that time who were interested in the Person-Centred Approach. Around 50 people attended. That was the start of BAPCA. We were different from other organisations and wanted the way we organised BAPCA to be Person-Centred as well as our philosophy.'

One aim in creating a national Person-Centred organisation was to ensure that policy makers would not overlook this approach. Irene clarified that 'we wanted to create a Person Centred forum and also create an organisation that could give input to regulators from a Person-Centred viewpoint.'

BAPCA has been instrumental in developing the approach in the UK and elsewhere. The vibrancy of the organisation has turned it from a small stand-alone organisation, into one with international links and connections.

BAPCA is a member of the WAPCEPC (World Association for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling), and NEAPCEPC (Network of the European Associations for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling).

We have also negotiated beneficial arrangements for BAPCA members who wish to join Division 52, the Humanistic Section of APA (American Psychological Association). BAPCA members can now benefit from a reduced membership fee for Division 52 in their first year of membership.

Founder members remain actively involved. One of the founder members, Bernard Mooney is currently a member of the coordinating group. Another founder member, Tony Merry, played an active role in the advancement of BAPCA, being editor of the Person Centred Journal (now amalgamated into the Person-Centred Quarterly) until his death in 2004.

Although BAPCA has grown far beyond its modest beginnings, with experienced and life-long members joined by others who are new to the approach, the radical ideology and philosophy of respect and trust in its members has continued.

BAPCA warmly embraces diversity and welcomes applicants interested in the PCA from all sections of the community and diverse professional backgrounds.


Person-Centred Quarterly (PCQ) Magazine
Each member of BAPCA receives a free copy of the 'Person-Centred Quarterly'. This is a member's forum, open to all contributions from members. It is an unpredictable mix of theory, discussion, personal tales and adventures, reports and news.

Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapies (PCEP) Journal
BAPCA members receive PCEP, the peer-reviewed journal of the WAPCEPC (World Association for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling). There are four editions of PCEP a year, containing cutting edge articles from across the world. PCEP's stated aim is to create a dialogue among different parts of the person-centred and experiential tradition, and to support, inform and challenge each other. It is hoped that the articles in PCEP will stimulate creativity and have an impact in a broader professional, scientific and political context. The mission of the journal is thus to encourage and disseminate worldwide, new work on Person-Centred and experiential therapies, including philosophy, theory, practice, training and research.

The Directories of BAPCA Members - free listing
BAPCA members are entitled to apply for the Directories of Person-Centred: 1. Practitioners; 2. Supervisors; 3. Trainers; 4. Students and Associate Members.

Reduced fees to BAPCA Conferences and Events
BAPCA members are entitled to a reduced fee to every BAPCA Conference and event. From time to time BAPCA organises and supports Person-Centred conferences in the UK.

Reduced rates to advertise in PCQ and on our website
BAPCA members are entitled to reduced rates when advertising in PCQ (BAPCA Magazine) and on our website.

Commitment to the maintenance and development of the PCA
BAPCA members can be proud of belonging to an association that has the values and principles of the PCA at its core and is strongly committed to the maintenance and development of the Approach.

Reduced membership fee to join the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (WAPCEPC)
BAPCA members are entitled to a reduced membership fee if they wish to join the WAPCEPC.

Reduced membership fee to join the Division of Humanistic Psychology - Division 32 of APA
BAPCA members are entitled to a reduced first year membership fee if they wish to join the Division of Humanistic Psychology (Division 32) of the American Psychological Association (APA).


Membership Fees for 2010:
£60.00 One Year Individual Membership
£80.00 One Year Joint Membership
£65.00 One Year International Membership
£90.00 One Year Institutional Membership

The options above are inclusive of all BAPCA benefits. The 'Joint Membership' is applicable for 2 people at the same address and entitles all benefits but only one set of mailings and publications.

BAPCA is devoted to the maintenance and development of the PCA through supporting several projects in the UK and abroad. For us to keep this commitment and provide our members with high quality benefits, we would invite you to consider the payment of the full-fee applicable to your membership category. However, we will be happy to hear from you if you are currently unable to afford it and would like information about concession fees. Contact Di (see details below) to learn more about this option.

Please note that BAPCA membership runs from February to January and is therefore renewable every year in February. For administrative reasons, if you are joining or renewing later in the year, the respective full-year membership fee will apply and you will still receive all benefits and publications for that year. Please note that in this case your membership will still be renewable the following February as normal.

Payment options:
1.By online payment via PayPal
2.By phoning Di on +44 1989763 863
3.By filling in the registration form and sending it to Di by:

email: di@bapca.co.uk
fax: 01989 763901
or post: BAPCA, PO Box 143, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 9AH



Thanks for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!