From 1 July 2017, members need to accrue 20 hours of PD across 2 categories as defined in the Requirement section below
Ongoing professional development is a well-recognised requirement for most professions and for many years it has been a criterion for QCA membership renewal.
It is necessary for counsellors but it also assist clients to build trust in their competence.
For counsellors there is the recognition of the value and refreshment of life long learning, the option to select the learning most appropriate for self-development, and the openness to self-directed review and peer review.
For those who place their trust in counsellors, there can be some measure of assurance that, as individuals and as members of QCA, their counsellor has a commitment to ongoing professional development. This includes the willingness to provide evidence of the content and processes of that development.
Content for PD activities
CPD activities must be directly relevant to ongoing clinical practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
CPD relating to other fields of practice besides counselling and psychotherapy are not accepted:
- Training in mindfulness or meditation (for example) is accepted only where the training is directly applicable to the therapeutic use of these skills in the context of counselling and psychotherapy practice. Ongoing practice attendance in mindfulness or meditation (for example) is not accepted.
- Training in natural or complementary therapies such as naturopathy, nutrition, massage therapy, Reiki and other similar therapies are not accepted.
- Training in theology or wellness practices, such as yoga, is not accepted.
From 1 July 2017, members need to accrue 20 hours of PD across 2 categories as defined below:
Category A – MANDATORY:
Minimum requirement of 15 hours per year accumulated by:
- Attendance at person-to-person courses, workshops, seminars and conferences
- Participation in online facilitated courses
- Online facilitated courses must take place in an online learning environment. The presence and contribution of an online facilitator is required, providing a component of synchronous or asynchronous online learning. An example of online facilitated learning is an online course that includes facilitated online discussions or has course components that are assessed.
Category B – OPTIONAL:
Maximum allowance of 5 hours per year accumulated by:
- Participation in peer learning groups
- Imparting knowledge relating to counselling and psychotherapy through formal presentations, teaching, research and publications
- Participation in supervision above the annual renewal requirement
- Participation in online non-facilitated learning
- Reading and taking notes on psychotherapy and counselling journals and books (to be logged in a reflective journal)
Peer learning groups are groups of peers who meet to discuss and explore counselling and psychotherapy topics or resources, without a formal facilitator.
Online non-facilitated learning takes place in an online learning environment without the presence and contribution of online facilitators. For example, recorded webinars.
A reflective journal is a written record, using the PACFA pro forma, that reflects on the learning activity undertaken and how it relates to and enhances professional practice.
Please note that this system will apply when renewing your membership at 1 July 2018.