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Introducing ASCHP

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Introducing ASCHP
by Dr Barbara Louw - Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 7:36 AM

Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP) SAQA registered professional body with NQF registered designation. SAQA ID 984.

Beneficiaries of ASCHP CPD program


There is a vast need to regulate the counselling profession nationally in order to ensure that counsellors “know their scope of practice, behave ethically in a counselling context, conform to minimum standards, know when to refer clients and understand the psychological consequences for clients if counsellors are inadequately trained or overstep their scope of practice.†“Scope of Practice†refers to the boundaries within which the counsellor operates without referral as defined by own work context.

The ASCHP is home to community or workplace-based counsellors who work in structured and supervised environments including, but not limited to private Wellness/Counselling Centres or government institutions, schools, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) including Faith Based, Community Based and Not-for-Profit Organisations, the South African Police Service, Counselling Call Centres, Hospitals, Clinics and Support Agencies, Sports Centres, Education and Training facilities, Health and Emergency services and facilities.

A nationally recognized professional body ensures consistency in standards across and within provinces in South Africa, and across different counselling contexts. It provides a learning pathway for unqualified counsellors who currently work in a variety of contexts, often in environments where mental health professional such as psychologists and social workers are not necessarily accessible to the majority of the population. Registration of counsellors with a professional body will provide a consistent basis for evaluating and regulating counselling and will ensure greater access to counselling services.

Counselling enables one or more people to go through the process of finding solutions to their concerns or difficulties. Counselling may take various forms, including with individuals, couples, families or domestic units and groups. The ASCHP has identified accredited training providers to enable counsellors to gain accredited and applicable qualifications. This will allow counsellors to be recognised and will address current national health and social service priorities. Ideally, qualifying learners will operate under supervision.

Membership and CPD training

Continuous Professional Development is required, per statutory regulation, for all professionals such as counsellors, psychologists, medical practitioners and nurses, social workers, religious workers and teachers. CPD training is compulsory and the obligation as set out in the NQF policy (Act 67 of 2008) determines that a professional body shall “set criteria for, promote and monitor continuous professional development for its members to meet relevant professional designation requirements.†Accordingly the ASCHP offers CPD training to help its members stay up to date with professional requirements, latest research and amendments to the applicable acts. The number of CPD points that a member has to complete per annum depends on the category of registration.

Private Bag 15509, Sinoville, 0129.

Tel: 082 907 4327

Fax: 086 632 5232

Please Note: This site contains information relevant to members of the Association For Supportive Counsellors & Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP), the Council for Counsellors of South Africa (CCSA) and the Natural Healers Association (NHA).

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(Edited by ASCHP Site Admin - original submission Monday, 8 January 2018, 2:55 PM)