Becoming a BFRP

Dr Edward Bach founded the Bach Centre to continue his philosophy of simplicity and self-help. He wanted to give the power of healing to everyone, which is why he made his system as easy to use as possible.

Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners (BFRPs) are professionally-trained people who share our belief in simplicity and self-help.

BFRPs are part of the Bach Centre team, and have made the same personal commitment to Dr Bach’s vision as the team based at Mount Vernon.

There are two stages to becoming a BFRP:

  1. Successfully complete all three of the core Bach Centre-approved courses
  2. Apply for registration by accepting and agreeing to work under our Code of Practice
What does one have to do to maintain a registration with the Centre, after the initial registration has been accepted?

BFRPs normally need to re-register every year. There is a re-registration fee to pay (in 2020, £45). Practitioners who want to be listed for referrals also promise to keep a yearly record of relevant learning and development they have experienced, so that we know that they are actively engaged with improving their practice and deepening their knowledge of the system.

Can I miss out one or more Levels if I’ve already done some studying?

Many teachers and authors have developed their own approaches to the remedies. Some are based on concepts from other traditions, others on theories that Dr Bach removed from the completed system.

These approaches may be perfectly valid in their own terms, and the courses and books that present them may be excellent: but there is no guarantee they will emphasise self-help, simplicity and the consultation process.

Bach Centre-approved courses and the BFRPs who lead them aim to teach the simple methods that Dr Bach preferred. Students are going back to the source when they follow these courses, and we feel that is done most effectively if everyone starts from first principles. That’s why we ask everyone to start with Level 1.

Does the Bach Centre tell me which brand of the 38 remedies I should use?

No. The Code doesn’t mention brands and BFRPs are free to use whichever brand they want.

Can I be a BFRP and work with other flower essence systems?

Yes. But as a BFRP you promise always to present Dr Bach’s as a separate system, and not mix Bach and other essences in the same bottle or explain them as if they were the same thing. BFRPs always present Bach as being a simple, complete set of 38 remedies ideal for self-help.

Can BFRPs dowse for remedies, use kinesiology to confirm choices, etc.?

No. BFRPs can dowse and so on in other contexts, but when using the Bach system they promise to avoid any selection techniques that might confuse or complicate the simple consultation method used by Dr Bach.

How long does it take to become a BFRP?

It depends very much on how much time you can give to your studying, and how much knowledge you have already. It is possible to complete everything inside 12 months; but sometimes taking more time is a better approach.

What are the benefits of being a BFRP?

Joining the Register means that you become a member of a world-wide community of people committed to Dr. Bach’s work and vision.

The contact information for active BFRPs – i.e. BFRPs who are open to more clients – are listed by country, language and location on Bach Centre web sites. (The names only of inactive BFRPs are listed separately.)

We regularly supply BFRP contact info to individual clients and (after careful vetting) to organisations who promote the services practitioners offer.

We offer BFRPs the use of our name and logo and our trade marked “BFRP” letters. This helps BFRPs to project professionalism and reassures the public that practitioners have been trained and are working under a Code of Practice.

There are online practice guidelines including help on giving a talk, working with children and animals… and we offer BFRPs our personal support with anything to do with Bach practice. We sometimes have local arrangements allowing BFRPs to get discounts on remedies and other kinds of support, and all BFRPs get a 10% discount on books, remedies and other items in the Bach Centre’s online shop. All BFRPs receive the practitioner-only BFRP Bulletin by email every 8 weeks or so, and are encouraged to do further study (and to teach) via the BC-ACE programme.

We have a BFRP-only Facebook group where you can find support and insight from BFRPs all over the world, and teacher-training programmes that provide a way to get involved in teaching Bach Centre-approved Level 1 courses, and beyond.

Not least, the registration fee helps support the running of the Centre. The Centre’s main job is to promote and protect the original ideals of Dr Bach regarding the therapy, i.e. simplicity and self-help. Many BFRPs maintain their registration because they want to support those ideals.

Finally, active BFRPs in the UK have automatic membership of COREP, which gives them access to independent regulation via the GRCCT.

How does one become an animal practitioner (BFRAP)?

People who want to become BFRAPs (Bach Foundation Registered Animal Pracitioners) have to complete the full three levels of “human-facing” training – i.e. Levels 1, 2 and 3 – and apply to become a BFRP first.

Once on the Register, BFRAP status will be granted at the Centre’s discretion to practitioners who can provide proof that they have additional high-level training in veterinary medicine and/or animal behaviour.

By “high-level” we mean university standard education or similar. The training must be academically rigorous (i.e. taught by properly qualified people with academic training in the subject). It must also be fairly recent to ensure the material learnt is up to date. And it must comprise at least 50 hours of supervised learning that covers at least three different species. It’s up to applicants to prove to us that the courses they have followed meets those conditions by sending relevant documentation showing the qualifications of their teachers and the status of the institutions attended.

There are though a couple that we can suggest, both available via distance learning, and taught in English:

The kinds of learning that will not count for this purpose include informal training and experience; unsupervised study (e.g. teach-yourself courses, general reading); general knowledge from e.g. living with animals or volunteering at a shelter; training in techniques that are not based on animal behaviour (e.g. animal communication, animal massage etc.).

We will also ask candidates to confirm that they don’t advocate or use any negative conditioning or punishment methods in their work with animals. This is in line with Dr Bach’s belief that cruelty should have no place in true healing.

Because the Bach system is simple and can do no harm, and because our primary role is to teach a self-help system, non-specialist BFRPs may help animals and their owners in a professional context as long as they refer on to more qualified people any cases that exceed their level of experience and knowledge.

What is the difference between active and inactive BFRPs?

First, the similarities: both are on the Bach Centre’s Register, both meet all the conditions to join the Register, and both pay the registration fee.

An active practitioner is a BFRP whose contact information appears in the country lists on our web sites. For example, everybody listed under “Singapore” is active. As well as paying a registration fee, active practitioners confirm when they re-register that they are developing their skills as practitioners.

The names of inactive practitioners are given in a list that just lists their names, with no contact information. BFRPs choose to be inactive for a number of reasons: they might be on sabbatical or not be working as practitioners, or simply be busy enough that they are not looking for new clients.

Some inactive BFRPs stay on the Register simply to support the Centre’s work. Others maintain their registration so they can continue to teach Bach Centre-approved courses. For many, “being a practitioner” is something that they do every day at work, at home and in the community – living out in this way Dr Bach’s belief that “everyone is a healer”. For these people, being part of the Bach community is about sharing a set of ideals.