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ARCAP

ARCAP Media release imageAustralian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

In 2011, PACFA formed a partnership with the another peak body for the counselling and psychotherapy profession, the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and together we have established the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

ARCAP provides robust self-regulation of the profession, along with PACFA’s and ACA’s professional training standards, codes of ethics and complaints handling processes.

Registrants listed on the PACFA and ACA Naitonal Registers are also listed on the ARCAP under various ARCAP registration categories.

ARCAP Counsellors  and Psychotherapists have demonstrated that they meet the required training and ethical standards and that they undertake professional supervision and professional development activitites annually.  They have experience supporting clients from diverse communities and are located in all States and Territories of Australia.

To search for ARCAP Registrants, go to www.arcapregister.com.au.

ARCAP Registration Categories

Division A – PACFA Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Mental Health Practitioners

Provisional Registrants
The standards require training to at least Bachelor degree in terms of level and depth of training, as defined by the Australian Qualification Framework www.aqf.edu.au, or equivalent training that meets PACFA’s Professional Training Standards. There are two training routes:

(i)  Undergraduate degree or equivalent comprising at least 350 hours of face-to-face counselling or psychotherapy training over a minimum of three years, including 50 hours of clinical supervision linked to 200 client contact hours; or

(ii) Relevant undergraduate degree, plus 2 years postgraduate training or equivalent comprising at least 200 hours of face-to-face counselling or psychotherapy training, and including 50 hours of clinical supervision linked to 200 client contact hours.

Clinical Registrants
Clinical Registrants have completed a further 750 hours of client contact linked to 75 hours of supervision over a minimum of two years and meet ongoing requirements of 15 hours professional development and between 10 and 15 hours of clinical supervision per annum.

Mental Health Practitioners
Mental Health Practitioners are Clinical Registrants who demonstrate that they have met PACFA’s Mental Health Competencies. They demonstrate knowledge and experience of current assessment techniques and interventions in mental health, and an understanding of research and evaluation methods.  Some of their ongoing PD and supervision relates specifically to mental health practice.

Division B on ARCAP – ACA Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Level 4

  • Has graduated from an ACA accredited course of study at minimum degree level;
  • Has a minimum of 6 years post qualification counselling experience, including minimum 1,000 client contact hours;
  • Has completed a minimum of 100 hours professional supervision and completes 10 hours professional supervision per annum: and
  • Completes 25 Points of ACA approved ongoing professional development per annum.

Level 3

  • Has graduated from an ACA accredited course of study at minimum degree level;
  • Has a minimum of 3 years post qualification counselling experience, including minimum 750 client contact hours;
  • Has completed a minimum of 75 hours professional supervision and completes 10 hours professional supervision per annum; and
  • Completes 25 points of ACA approved ongoing professional development per annum.

Level 2

  • Has graduated from an ACA accredited course of study at minimum Diploma Level and has a minimum of 2 years post-Diploma professional experience; or
  • Has completed 1 year of post-Diploma plus vocational graduate professional experience and has completed a minimum of 50 hours professional supervision;
    OR
  • Has graduated from an ACA accredited course of study at minimum degree Level and completes 10 hours professional supervision per annum;
  • Completes 25 Points of ACA approved ongoing Professional Development per annum.

Level 1

  • Has graduated from an ACA accredited course of study at minimum Diploma Level; and
  • Completes 25 Points of ACA approved Ongoing Professional Development per annum and completes 10 hours Professional Supervision per annum; and
  • Is qualified to provided client support.