Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of our Christian faith, as we recognise the divine image in each other: made in the likeness of God [Genesis 1:26]; each distinct and yet inter-dependent parts of one overall unity [1 Corinthians 12:14-27]; encouraged to want the best for each other, to “put ourselves aside, and help others get ahead” [Philippians 2:3-4 MSG] and hopeful for a future where separateness transforms into wholeness as we become ‘one in Christ Jesus’ [Galatians 3:28].
We hope that you feel welcomed and respected in all your encounters with ACC, whether you are making an enquiry about accessing counselling, coaching or spiritual direction; seeking to become a member; wanting to attend a training event or conference; or looking to explore our pastoral care resources.
Importantly, you can expect to be treated fairly, without discrimination when you apply for membership, accreditation and/or have a complaint made against you.
If you experience us otherwise, please let us know at email@example.com.
ACC recognise that there are different ways in which people are disadvantaged and/or subject to discrimination. We are committed to continuing to work towards a more inclusive profession for those who wish to enter and progress within it, and greater access to mental health services for those who need them. We are growing in awareness of issues that limit access and/or serve to oppress people whether these are due to disability, neurodiversity, race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, age, financial and social background etc. We understand that these aspects of people’s identity and experience can overlap and reinforce their exclusion from opportunities and services. This situation has resulted in a loss of skilled and talented people to the counselling profession, and injustice for the many who can’t access appropriate mental health provision.
We know that systems of privilege and advantage, as well as systems of disadvantage, discrimination and oppression impact also on those giving and receiving pastoral care, coaching and spiritual development. People in Christian settings such as churches, fellowship groups and outreach services may experience discrimination and oppressive practices – and we hope to equip and inform our members and those who attend our training courses on how to care well for people with sensitivity about the impact that these experiences have on a person’s faith and wellbeing.
We know that for ACC there is further work to be done as we engage with the issues that have given rise to inequality, prejudice, and exclusion, and seek to mitigate against these injustices where we can. We are developing a strategy which will help us pro-actively tackle some of the barriers to inclusion, and we will continue to engage with other professional bodies and the Church, as we will achieve more when we speak with one voice.
We will continue to inform and encourage our members in issues relating to equality, diversity, and inclusion, reinforcing the underlying principles of non-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice which are written into our code of ethics and practice guidelines.