The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP)

The application to SAQA for professionalisation has succeeded!

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The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP), which functioned from 30 May 1991 to 6 October 2017, has been transformed into the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC). CPSC is a specialist council of the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP), now recognised by to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a professional body.

It is with great joy and deep gratitude that we can report that the ACRP application  for the professionalisation of Christian Religious Practitioners was approved on 6 October 2017.

In addition to CPSC, the Council for General Ministry Practitioners (CGMP) and Council for Ministry Training Practitioners (CMTP) also function under the ACRP umbrella.

The lengthy approval process entailed an assessment of the ACRP application, a SAQA site visit to the ACRP head office in Pretoria, a submission to the SAQA Quality and Standards Committee and, finally, submission to the SAQA Executive Committee.

All SAAP members in good standing, have been transferred to the new professional body and to our specialist pastoral counselling council and will be referred to as "affiliates" in the future.

A new website for CPSC has been launched and can be viewed at:

Due to the above-mentioned, the SAAP website will no longer:

- Provide the means of registering as a CPSC affiliate. To register, make use of the CPSC website.

- Provide a list of registered counsellors. The list of counsellors can now be found on the CPSC website.

- Publish new CPSC Notes as they will be provided on the CPSC website. SAAP Notes will remain on the SAAP website as an archive.

The SAAP website will remain active for the time being for information purposes.

If you have any queries or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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What is SAAP?

The need for pastoral work

South Africans suffer from spiritual wounds and stress. The causes are many - the lack of reconciliation, poverty, HIV/AIDS, unemployment, ongoing violence, crime and transformation in the workplace. Problems in the family, marriage and relationships are compounded by the issues such as debt and work-related stress.

An overwhelmed society needs trained caregivers to actively become part of the healing process.

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