University of London, Institute of Education

            Diploma in Counselling                                                                 1991


            South West London College                                                                             

            Diploma in Training Management                                                 1989                                             


            North East London Polytechnic, School for Independent Study                                    

            Diploma of Higher Education by Independent Study                  1981                          





           Brighton University, School of Applied Social Sciences  

           Visiting Lecturer                                                              02/12 – to date


           Lecturing on research module for Foundation Degree in Substance Misuse

  Intervention Strategies


             Self employed therapist, coach and consultant                         04/10 – to date


             CORE Information Management Systems 

             Director                                                                                        10/05 – 04/10


Initially engaged as independent consultant delivering UK-wide training and consultancy for outcome measurement and service development. Subsequently employed as Director of Training and Development, with remit to develop systems and materials for marketing and delivering training UK-wide. Company director from 2008 responsible for CORE IMS’s CORE PC directorate


             Royal College of Nursing, London

             Head of Counselling                                                                    05/94 – 10/05


Management of UK wide service providing counselling to RCN members, training and consultancy to RCN staff, lobbying and influencing. RCN national advisor and policy lead on counselling and workplace psychological health


             MIND in Brighton and Hove

             Director                                                                                          09/92 – 05/94

Management and development of local MIND association providing advocacy, befriending and peer support services to users of local mental health services

Croydon Youth Counselling Service

             Youth Counsellor                                                                         09/88 – 09/92

Recruitment, training and supervision of counselling team, client caseload, policy and practice development, 

external training


Society of Voluntary Associates (SOVA)

             SOVA Surrey Coordinator                                                            07/87 – 09/88


Recruitment and training of Probation Service volunteers, consultancy to Area Probation teams


No5 Young Peoples’ Counselling, Advice and Information Service

             Information Centre Coordinator                                                    01/85 – 07/87


Management of staff of young peoples’ advice and information centre; external liaison; advice and casework


Preceding employment (paid and unpaid)                                    07/74 – 12/84


Between these dates I occupied a range of paid and unpaid posts which included retail management, administration, skilled and unskilled factory work, voluntary counselling over four years for a young peoples’ counselling service in Slough, lecturing in communication studies





British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Member

2002 – to date

Member, BACP Research Committee

1996 – 1999

Member, BACP Association for Counselling at Work Executive Committee                  

1999 – 2006

Chair of Association for Counselling at Work Executive Committee

2002 ­– 2005   

Specialist Advisor (Research) to BACP Workplace Division

2010 –

Executive Specialist for Research, BACP Coaching Division

2010 –   



Future Basing                                                                                                              Certificated three-day Future Basing course led by Bill Phillips                                           2012, Bill Phillips Consulting, London

Workplace Mediation                                                                                                  , Certificated six-day Workplace Mediation course led by Tony Buon,                            2012, Buon Consultancy, London 

Using feedback to develop clinical practice

2009, CORE user conference, Rugby


What works in therapy: translating 40 years of outcome research into strategies for effective clinical practice (Masterclass with Scott Miller), 2008, Birmingham


Quality in Practice

2007, CORE User conference, Birmingham


SPR International Conference

2006, Society for Psychotherapy Research, Edinburgh


Evaluating the effectiveness of psychotherapy training and supervision

2005, University of Leicester, (Masterclass with Professor Michael Lambert), Leicester


The fragmented self in society

2005, BACP annual conference, Kenilworth


Research that makes a difference

2005, BACP research conference, Nottingham


Mediation in the workplace

2002,London NHS Staff Counselling Forum, London


Constructing solution

1996, Brief Therapy Practice, London


Single Session Therapy

1996. Brief Therapy Practice (2 day workshop with Moshe Talmon), London


Primary certificate in stress management

1996, Centre for Stress Management, London




Selected publications:

McInnes B (2011). Prove it! Why we need the evidence of workplace counselling effectiveness. Counselling at Work Journal, Summer 2011, 9 - 15

McInnes B (2007). The Dodo: still alive and well. Counselling at Work Journal, Autumn 2007, 6 - 9

McInnes B (2007). The importance of managing performance. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 7 (2), 22 - 28

McInnes B (2007). Workplace counselling: building an evidence base from practice. Counselling at Work Journal, February 2007, 12 - 15

McInnes B (2006). Management at the crossroads: The service management challenge of implementing routine evaluation and performance management in psychological therapy and counselling services. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 8, 163-176

Mellor-Clark J, Barkham M, Mothersole G, McInnes B, Evans R (2006). Reflections on benchmarking NHS primary care psychological therapies and counselling. Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, 6, 81-87

Mellor-Clark J, Curtis Jenkins A, Evans R, Mothersole G, McInnes B (2006). Resourcing a CORE Network to develop a National Research Database to help enhance psychological therapy and counselling service provision. Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, 6, 16-22

McInnes B, Mellor-Clark J. 2000. Practice based evidence for workplace counselling. Counselling at Work, Summer, 10- 13.

McInnes B (1999). Stamp out stress. Nursing Standard. 13(3), 53 – 55

McInnes B (1999).Counselling: the costs and benefits. Employing Nurses and midwives. 34, 12 - 13

McInnes B (1999).Counselling services: the new HR priority. Employing Nurses and midwives. 33, 12 - 13

McInnes B (1997). Stress in the NHS. Human resources in the NHS. 12, 4


           Selected papers/presentations

Welsh Assembly Government, All-Wales School-Based Counselling Group, 2009, Llandrindod Wells: Using CORE to evaluate School-based Counselling in Wales 

BACP research conference, 2008, Cardiff: Benchmarking key service performance indicators in UK workplace counselling

UK Council for Psychotherapy annual conference, 2007, Torquay: Evidence Based Practice and Practice Based Evidence: What do they mean for the profession of psychotherapy?

British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy annual conference, London, 2007: Ticking the boxes but keeping it human – learning from a decade of CORE evaluation

Society for Psychotherapy Research, 2006, Edinburgh: Benchmarking Outcomes Measurement for Service Development

BACP annual conference, 2005: Introducing performance management into counselling: a journey behind the therapy room door (with John Mellor-Clark)

RCN Society of Occupational Health Nursing conference, Nottingham, 2004: Mapping and benchmarking NHS staff counselling

RCN Healthy Nurse conference, London, 2004:  Analyze This! A reluctant user’s guide to counselling and psychological therapy

BACP research conference, 2001, Bristol: Using CORE to Evaluate Workplace Counselling: Process, pitfalls, challenges and opportunities (with Rachel Murray)

International Council of Nursing conference, 2001, Copenhagen: Staff Support in the New Millennium (with Dee Borley and Shane Buckeridge)

RCN Scotland annual conference, 2001: Psychological health in Scottish and UK nurses: Establishing benchmarks and evaluating the effectiveness of counselling interventions (with Shane Buckeridge)

RCN Society of Occupational Health Nursing conference, 2000, Nottingham: Workplace Counselling: A Standardised Approach to Evaluating Effectiveness (with John Mellor-Clark)

Association for Counselling at Work annual conference, Edinburgh, 2000. Developing Our Worth: Practice-based Evidence for Workplace Counselling (with John Mellor-Clark)


            Collaborations (primarily as either coordinator or contributing author):

RCN (2004). A survey of NHS staff counselling quality. Royal College of Nursing, London. Publication code 002447

RCN (2002). Counselling for staff in health service settings: a guide for employers and managers. Royal College of Nursing, London. Publication code 001759.

RCN (2002). Working Well: a call to employers – a summary of the RCN Working Well survey into the wellbeing and working lives of nurses. Royal College of Nursing, London. Publication code 001595

RCN (2002). RCN Working Well Initiative: Guidance on traumatic stress management in the health care sector. Carol Bannister and Barry McInnes

NHSE (2000). The provision of staff counselling services for staff in the NHS. Department of Health, London DH cat no 22156


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