Why should counsellors join SAAP?

The privilege to be entrusted with a counselee’s innermost emotional, spiritual, cognitive and relational struggles has the implication that counsellors, either lay or professional, must be accountable.

The value of association is that counsellors can be ‘regulated’ by peer counsellors.

Involvement in a peer group is a growth and formative experience and a source of assurance. As therapy and counselling can be challenging and tiresome, peer counsellors function as a source of experience, knowledge and inspiration.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) regulates all medical and health related professions. Their function is to protect practitioners against claims by clients, but also to protect the public against unprofessional actions.

A statutory body has the responsibility to regulate the practices of a specific profession. Lay counsellors do have the protection of a governing body like the church or a counselling centre council, but the public can also lay a claim against these governing bodies.

New legislation by the Department of Health is envisioned to regulate all counselling activities, that will include services by lay and professional counsellors. SAAP has recently applied to be incorporated by the HPCSA as a sub-category.

Registration with SAAP

The process of registration includes two aspects. A counsellor may apply to be a member and, additionally, to be accredited.

Membership is a condition for accreditation. It entitles a person to be included in all SAAP activities such as conferences and training courses and to receive the newsletter (SAAP Notes) with relevant information.

Accreditation empowers a counsellor to publicly announce his or her membership of SAAP and it provides credibility to the clientele. SAAP has a Code of Ethics, which clearly outlines the values and practices of member counsellors. For enquiries regarding an application please contact us.

Registration /affiliation with SAAP

The process of affiliation includes two aspects. A counsellor may apply to be a member and, additionally, an accredited counsellor. Membership is a condition for accreditation. Membership entitles a person to be included in all SAAP activities such as conferences and training courses and to receive the newsletter (SAAP Notes) with relevant information. Accreditation empowers a counsellor to publicly announce his or her association with SAAP and it provides credibility to the clientele. SAAP has a Code of Ethics, which clearly outlines the values and practices of member counsellors. Enquiries about application can be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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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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