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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement


Foundations

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].


A welcome to all

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 office@acc-uk.org.


Equality, diversity and inclusion in counselling and psychotherapy

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.


Equality, diversity and inclusion in pastoral care and linked professions

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 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.


Futures

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. 

For our members we will continue to provide opportunities through training, events, and articles to become informed about contemporary issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion as they impact on their professional work and ministries.


January 2024