We expect, and need, better than this from the BACP

Very pleased to see a sane response to this ridiculous ethical dilemma. It my view, the dilemma is should Marna and her supervisor be in practice with such unexamined and sex negative beliefs.
If anyone wishes to read the original article here is a link:
http://www.bacp.co.uk/docs/pdf/15887_therapy-today-march-2017.pdf pages 20-21.

Counselling in Northumberland

The in-house journal of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy is Therapy Today. It is sent to every member of the organisation as well as being hosted online. The BACP have been quick to remind people that reading it counts as CPD, and so it seems safe to assume it promotes it’s beliefs, attitudes and outlook towards ethical practice.

It was therefore  worrying and disappointing to see featured an ethical dilemma around viewing pornography which seemed to be written with no knowledge or understanding or either sexuality or good therapeutic and supervisionary practices. It is difficult to create believable hypothetical scenarios, however, if it is done, it is important that they reflect not only best practice but the values and beliefs of the organisation.

The Dilemma (All people are imaginary)

Marna is a counsellor who rents a room from a larger counselling agency. Another room within the same building…

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  1. Uniform is currently a hot topic among teenagers, and movements towards less exclusive attitudes between boys and girls are already being implemented across the UK. Even if schools have taken a little convincing, boys are slowly being allowed to wear shorts on hot days in an attempt to bring the clothing options up to par with girls- (who are often able to wear shorts, skirts and dresses at most schools). For example, my school has just allowed us to wear shorts to school during hot weather, and I would like to give credit where credit is due to the senior leadership team at my school.

    However, I don’t think this is enough. I have started a campaign to try to achieve gender neutral dress codes in schools across Coventry and, eventually, across the whole of Britain. I have started a petition to try and show the support that I know I have from most of society, and prove that ignorance of this issue will not be tolerated any longer. I also wore a skirt to school in protest of the strict policies, and would encourage others to do so as well.

    The first and most important reason for this campaign is for non-binary students that feel that they do not fit inside of a “boys” or “girls” dress code. Having this distinct line excludes a minority that feel unable to do anything to change their situation, while cementing gender norms that are in the process of being broken down. Secondly, it’s just straight up sexist. No longer are girls being told they cannot wear trousers; but boys are being told they cannot wear shorts, skirts or dresses while their female counterparts are able to. It’s unfair to have double standards that allow females to wear these items, as well as suits, while having different rules for another group of individuals.

    What I’d like to achieve is a common dress code for a given school that applies to ALL students. For example, in the lower years, a typical “dress code” would say; Shirt, Tie, Blazer, skirts shorts or trousers and flat shoes. And for sixth forms and colleges the dress code would be provided similarly as “business attire”- including boys not being forced to wear shirt and tie, so long as they look smart and prepared for a day of learning.

    I’m not saying that every boy should go to school wearing a dress, or every girl should wear a shirt and tie, but it’s the fact that students SHOULD be allowed to make these sorts of decisions. You can help massively by going to: https://www.change.org/p/make-school-dress-codes-equal and signing the petition. It would also be appreciated if you would share when you have done so on all forms of social media. Once you have signed the petition, I will keep you posted via email on how far I progress with this extremely important issue.

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