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Australian College of Counselling & Psychotherapy Educators

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The Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (ACCAPE) officially commenced operating from 1 July 2016.

ACCAPE is a national College dedicated to supporting counselling and psychotherapy educators and advancing counselling and psychotherapy education in Australia.

A Leadership Group has been established to lead the College and to plan activities for College members.

  • Jenny Coburn: Convenor
  • Kate Briggs: Deputy Convenor
  • Jon Dachs: Member
  • Fiona O’Hara: Member
  • Jaklin Eliott: Member

Activities may include:

  • Building a vibrant community of educators within the counselling and psychotherapy education field
  • Sponsoring and fostering research
  • Providing continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for networking and peer support

Find out about College news by reading the College eNewsletter, the first edition of which was published in September.

ACCAPE eNewsletter September 2016

College Membership

Individual PACFA members receive membership of one PACFA College included with their membership. If you wish to belong to more than one College there is a fee payable as detailed in the Schedule of Fees.

To join the the Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators, Applicants must meet the ACCAPE Membership Requirements.

Membership options:

  • Academic Member
  • Associate Academic Member
  • Affiliate Member
Educators will be allocated to the level of membership of the College based on their qualifications and experience. Members may also progress to higher levels of College Membership when they meet the requirements.
Renewal Requirements

Academic and Associate Academic Members of the College are require to undertake 10 hours of CPD relating to the education practice in addition tot he 20 hours of CPD required in relation to counselling and psychotherapy.

Acceptable activities include:

  • Performance review process with line manager
  • Relevant workshop participation
  • Facilitation of teaching and learning programs for teaching staff
  • Peer review/reflective process

Educators that do not see clients are not required to undertake clinical supervision. Educators with a very part-time clinical practice are required to undertake at least 4 hours of clinical supervision per year.

Client Hours CPD Requirement Supervision Requirement
0 20 hours of CDP relating to counselling & psychotherapy plus  10 hours of CPD relating to Education Practice None
0-50 20 hours of CDP relating to counselling & psychotherapy plus  10 hours of CPD relating to Education Practice One hour of clinical supervision for every 10 client hours, subject to a minimum of 4 hours supervision per annum
50-400 20 hours of CDP relating to counselling & psychotherapy plus  10 hours of CPD relating to Education Practice 10 hours of clinical supervision
400+ 20 hours of CDP relating to counselling & psychotherapy plus  10 hours of CPD relating to Education Practice 15 hours of clinical supervision

Ethical Standards for Educators

Members of the Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators are required to follow the PACFA Code of Ethics and any additional ethical standards relating to education practice as set by the College.

The College is currently updating its ethical standards and the updated standards will be posted on this page once they are finalised.

Contact: accape@pacfa.org.au