REGISTRANTS OF THE SAC REGISTER OF COUNSELLORS

The intended registrant shall be a member of the Association and in good standing and shall satisfy the Register of Counsellors Board that they have approved training and experience in counselling in accordance with the requirements set out below

  • The intended registrant shall be a graduate from an accredited institute of higher learning and has also completed recognized training courses in counselling theory. The counselling content (of a minimum of 300 contact hours altogether) must include:
  1. Counselling Theory, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of counselling and orientation to basic counselling models;
  2. Counselling Content Areas may include: Human Growth and Development, Helping Relationships, Group work, Appraisal and Research, Career and Lifestyle Development, Professional Orientation and Ethics, Marriage and Family Work and other specialization topics.
  3. Counselling Practicum or Internship as part of the degree programme, which includes a minimum of 100 hours in the practice of face to face counselling under supervision of an SAC registered Counsellor or SAC Registered Supervisor, or a Clinician Supervisor approved by the institute. The supervision will consist of at least one hour of supervision for each ten hours of counselling practice.
  4. Applicant must complete 600 hours of face to face counselling within a minimum period of two years, subject to a maximum of three years. This time period need not start immediately after graduation, but must consist of one block period of time that is completed within seven years upon graduation. The recording of hours will begin only when coursework has been completed. The supervision, which must be by an SAC Registered Counsellor or SAC Registered Supervisor, or a Clinical Supervisor approved by the institute will consist of at least one hour of clinical supervision for each ten hours of counselling practice.
  • The intended registrant is presently a social and counselling service provider/practitioner and shall have completed recognized training courses in counselling theory and skills practice (of a minimum of 300 contact hours altogether) from an accredited educational or training institute.
  1. Counselling Theory, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of c ounselling and orientation to basic counselling models;
  2. Counselling Content Areas may include: Human Growth and Development, Helping Relationships, Group work, Appraisal and Research, Career and Lifestyle Development, Professional Orientation and Ethics, Marriage and Family Work and other specialization topics.
  3. Applicant must complete 600 hours of face to face counselling within a minimum period of two years, subject to a maximum of three years. This time period need not start immediately after graduation, but must consist of one block period of time that is completed within seven years upon graduation. Recording of hours may begin when course work begins. This time period need not start immediately after completion of course work, but must consist of one block period of time. The supervision, which must be by an SAC Registered Counsellor or SAC Registered Supervisor, or a Clinical Supervisor approved by the institute  will consist of at least one hour of clinical supervision for each ten hours of counselling practice.

Registrants are entitled to style themselves as SAC Registered Counsellors and use the post nominal letters: RegCLR

RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION

  • The registration of a SAC Registered Counsellors shall be renewed every two years.
  • For each two-year period registered as a SAC Registered Counsellors, the registrant shall complete 50 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) as described below. The two-year period begins at the AGM of the year of registration.
  1. The continuing professional education (CPE) is based upon chronological hours. As an example, a four-hour workshop then accounts for four of the necessary hours.
  2. The continuing professional education (CPE) will consist of workshops, seminars, or training in counselling, social work, psychology or a related field.
  3. Either a photocopy of the certificate of attendance or a written letter confirming your participation is sufficient evidence of participation in the continuing professional education (CPE).
  4. The evidence of the 50 chronological hours is to be presented to the Register of Counsellors Board.
  5. Provision is made for a three-month cushion, before or after the AGM date to facilitate the accumulation of CPE hours. Once submitted, the same CPE hours cannot be re-submitted for a subsequent year period.
  • For each two-year period registered as a SAC Registered Counsellors, the registrant shall submit on the prescribed form a record that he/she has completed at least 400 hours of clinical work as described below. The two-year period begins at the AGM of the year the individual is admitted to the Register.
  1. Clinical work shall consist of face to face counselling, group counselling/psychotherapy, and provision of clinical supervision.

NOTE: Each SAC Registered Counsellors shall maintain active membership in the Association at the level of Clinical Member or above during the period of registration.

REMOVAL FROM THE REGISTER

  • A registrant may be suspended or removed from the SAC Register of Counsellors in accordance with the articles stated below:
  1. A registrant may be removed from the SAC Register of Counsellors by written notice from the Register of Counsellors Board if the registrant does not complete the continuing education requirement and/or the clinical work requirement as stipulated above.
  2. A registrant shall be automatically suspended or removed from the SAC Register of Counsellors if the registrant:
  • Ceases to meet qualifications specified above.
  • Is found by the Board or the Association to have engaged in immoral, dishonorable, unprofessional, or ethical conduct, and such conduct is deemed to compromise the integrity of the Register; or
  • Is found to be guilty of an unlawful act involving conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals by a court of competent jurisdiction.

REINSTATEMENT TO THE REGISTER

  • A registrant who has been removed from the SAC Register of Counsellors may be reinstated when he/she is able to satisfy the Register of Counsellors Board that he/she has met the requirements as stated in the SAC Constitution.
  • The period of reinstatement could take effect after 2 years from the time of removal from the SAC Register of Counsellors, after which a new application for registration has to be submitted.
  • A registrant who does not maintain his/her clinical membership with the Association as by the Constitution will have his/her registration suspended.
  • A registrant who has his/her registration suspended for more than six months will be permanently removed from the SAC Register of Counsellors.

PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY

  • All registrants must show evidence of professional indemnity coverage when they apply for new registration or renew their registration with the SAC Register of Counsellors.