Who we are

The British Association of Christians in Psychology is a UK-based organisation for Christian professional and student psychologists in academic and applied settings. We have around 250 members representing qualified and trainee clinical, occupational, educational, counselling, and academic psychologists, in addition to secondary school psychology teachers and a contingent of undergraduate and graduate students. BACIP is led by a Steering Group, which determines the policy and activities of the organisation. The Steering Group is assisted by a part-time employed Administrator.


BACIP was founded in 1989 (as the Network of Christians in Psychology), and from the outset we have been concerned with issues of integrating Christian faith and psychology at all levels, from the personal to that of society and its institutions. Our other aims include:

  • Supporting and encouraging Christian psychologists in their places of work and students studying psychology as Christian psychology students, particularly when conflicts become apparent;
  • Supporting Christian churches (and allied organisations) in the UK by the provision of psychological knowledge and expertise in the service of their ministry;
  • Promoting empirical and theoretical research on the interface between psychology and religion;
  • Encouraging each other to share our faith;
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with similar organisations in the UK and other countries.


To fulfil these aims we arrange annual national conferences (usually a residential weekend conference in the spring and in most years a day conference in the autumn) to address issues identified by members and to meet for fellowship and worship. We aim to keep members aware of appropriate events and news. We offer a members' only area on the website where past newsletters and audio recordings are available, and maintain a lively email group. Sounds good? Find out how to join.

What we believe

We are pleased that BACIP members represent a broad spectrum of Christianity, including Catholic and Protestant, high and low. Members of the Steering Group are required to make a statement of faith as expressed in the words of the Nicene Creed.

Steering Group

BACIP is served by a Steering Group of volunteer members from a range of psychological and church backgrounds. The group meet three times a year to pray for BACIP, discuss where the organisation is headed, and plan for future events. Steering Group open meetings can be attended by members; for details of the next open meeting, please email the administrator.





Roger Bretherton

Principle Lecturer, University of Lincoln


Helen Scott



Tanya Arroba

Tanya Arroba Associates Ltd

Visiting fellow, Cranfield School of Management


Nimmi Hutnik

Associate Professor, London South Bank University


Hilary Garraway

Amber Lights Psychological Services Ltd

National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum

Would you like to join the Steering Group? If you think that BACIP is worth supporting (or are dissatisfied and want things done differently) please consider whether you would like to contribute by becoming a member of the Steering Group. If after prayerful consideration you feel it is right to join or if you`d just like to help out a bit, then please get in touch!