Why join CCAA?

CCAA - the first choice for professional Christian counsellors

Studied in Christian counselling? Want to be true to your faith in professional counselling? Then why join a secular association when CCAA is founded on a Christian world view?

Even if you join another association for professional connection, make CCAA your first choice.

CCAA provides:

  • Professional credibility and a listing on the PACFA and ARCAP Registers for Graduate and Clinical members
  • Professional development of high quality in every State, and biennial CCAA National conferences
  • Christian counselling community for networking
  • Web page for each qualified member and counselling centre, as a source of referrals
  • Glossy professional journal, published every year from 2013.

How do I join CCAA?

CCAA offers four levels of Membership, which can be built on the previous level.  Each of these levels of membership may advertise their membership including advertising their membership and counselling practice on the CCAA website ‘Find a Counsellor’.  Usually, when accepted at these levels, the member will be able to apply to be on the PACFA register which includes automatic listing on the ARCAP Register.
1. Provisional: Intern has completed their training in counselling which has included a minimum of 10 hours of supervision related to 40 hours of client contact during the course.  Has completed theological training or equivalent. Has Professional Indemnity Insurance.  It is anticipated that a member would be at this level for a maximum of 2 years before becoming eligible for Graduate membership.
2. Graduate: As for Intern level PLUS an additional 40 hours of supervision related to 160 hours of client contact. A minimum of 2 years at this level before applying for Clinical membership.
3. Clinical: As for Graduate level PLUS an additional 75 hours of supervision related to 750 hours of client contact. Has completed theological training or equivalent.
4. Supervisor:  A supervisor has a minimum of 5 years post training experience as a qualified psychotherapist or counsellor, with a minimum of 3 years as a Clinical Registrant of CCAA.  Has completed relevant supervision training.
CCAA realises that some people would like to be aligned with CCAA.  At this stage, however, they may not have the necessary training and experience to apply for membership at the levels above. We therefore offer the following two levels of affiliation with CCAA.  These levels are not permitted to advertise their affiliation with CCAA on business cards, websites etc. The two levels are:
  Diploma Counsellor: This is a new category in 2017, allowing persons with a 2 year Diploma in Counselling from a recognised Training Provider to join CCAA.  They are not a registered member, but can advertise their membership with CCAA when applying for employment.  They are not permitted to operate as a private counsellor.
  Associate: An associate has an interest in the counselling profession but does not meet the requirements for membership with CCAA.  These may include Pastoral workers, Pastoral Counsellors and Chaplains.
  Student: A student currently studying to become a counsellor, but has not yet completed their studies which include their practical counselling and supervision component.
  • If you would like to join CCAA at one of these levels, please go to the Membership Forms pages.
  If you require futher information, please contact the Membership Chair in your state or the National Membership Chair.
  Benefits of Joining CCAA
  • Associates and Students
    • Discounts for attending CCAA PD meetings and conferences 
    • Connection to a network of Christian counsellors 
    • Free subscription to the biennial CCAA Journal and CCAA eNews 
    • Advice with counselling study, practice and career
  • Registered Members
    • All the above plus...
    • Qualified to list on the PACFA and ARCAP Registers
    • CCAA Membership Certificate
    • Free advertising of your practice on Find a Christian Counsellor
    • Able to attach 'CCAA (Grad)' or 'CCAA (Clin) after your name.
  Renewal Requirements - Registered Members
  • 10 hours of supervision, or 15 hours if over 400 hours of counselling are made in the 12 month period
  • 20 hours of Professional Development
  • Supervision sign off of your practice
  • Professional Idemnity Insurance.
  Relevant Information relating to Membership

[PACFA – Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.  PACFA is the Federation of Professional Associations of psychotherapists and counsellors formed after lengthy national consultation involving many of the leading educators in these fields.(see PACFA History)  There are 31 member associations which accept the professional standards set and which adhere to the ethical guidelines established. These Member Associations meet the standards developed by consensus as appropriate for professional practitioners within the disciplines of Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Australian community.  Refer www.pacfa.org.au.

ARCAP- Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  ARCAP is a company established by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and the Australian Counselling Association as an independent, national register of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.All practitioners listed on the ARCAP Register have completed professional qualifications in counselling or psychotherapy, meet ongoing professional development requirements and have clinical supervision of their practice to ensure they provide a quality service to clients and abide by the ethical guidelines of the profession.

Training in Counselling There are 3 distinct ways that training can be achieved.

1.       Undergraduate Equivalent: 3 years Training in Psychotherapy or Counselling (3 years - 350 hours of training plus 50 hours of supervision linked to 200 hours of client contact hours). 10 hours of supervision related to 40 hours of face-to-face counselling must be done within the training programme.

2.       Postgraduate Equivalent: Relevant Degree  + Specialist Training in Psychotherapy or Counselling (2 years - 200 hours of training plus 50 hours of supervision linked to 200 client contact hours).  

For the purpose of membership, CCAA specifies that the relevant undergraduate studies requirement can be met in one of the five following ways for applicants who have obtained a two year post-graduate degree in counselling:

    1. Possession of an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields of study that are deemed to be relevant to counselling: social sciences, health sciences, social work, teaching/education, theology/ministry, law, or medicine.   Undergraduate degrees in the following fields are not deemed to be relevant to counseling: natural and biological sciences, mathematics, engineering, computer science, agricultural sciences, veterinary science, architecture, accounting, commerce, business, or fine arts.
    2. Applicants holding an undergraduate degree not in a field that is deemed to be relevant to counselling may make a case to demonstrate relevance by the inclusion of relevant units/subjects amounting to at least 200 hours of training.
    3. Alternatively, applicants holding an undergraduate degree in a field that is not deemed to be relevant to counselling, who have also completed a double degree or completed a major in a relevant field of study will be deemed to have satisfied the requirement for relevance of undergraduate training.
    4. Applicants lacking relevant undergraduate qualifications may be granted RPL that satisfies this requirement where they have: (a) completed a 2 year postgraduate Masters qualification awarded by Morling College or Wesley Institute; and (b) completed four or more appropriate "overflow" subjects, over and above the minimum course requirements for their Masters degree.
    5. The relevant undergraduate studies requirement will be waived for applicants who have been awarded one or more postgraduate degrees in counselling, psychotherapy, or clinically focused psychology that involve three or more years of postgraduate study.

3.       Recognition of Prior Learning: Where an applicant's professional training and formation does not fit the above, but is based on extensive training, practice and supervision over several years, it may be possible to be admitted to the Register based on recognition of this prior learning (RPL). The PACFA Training Standards will be the guide in determining training equivalence. Higher hours of client contact and post training supervision may be required.

Theological Training or equivalent - CCAA has identified the following pathways for the understanding of an applicant’s faith.   Evidence of faith to be established by signing the CCAA Vision, Faith and Values Statement and by one of the following three pathways:  

  • Pathway 1: A minimum of 125 contact hours (3-4 semester subjects) of an approved theological or biblical studies course (e.g. OT, NT, Exegesis, HS), and/or 
  • Pathway 2: Evidence of informal Christian study/work, and/or
  • Required: A reference from your Pastor, Church Leader or Christian Educator supporting your faith journey.

Evidence of faith is also shown by the required Confidential Reference Form relating to Christian standing. Further, this third “pathway” does not distinguish what is required here from that reference.  Overall, this requirement demonstrates training/development which would support both a Christian worldview and integrated practice.  A structured interview regarding an applicant’s personal faith and values may also be requested.

Attend an Interview with Membership Committee (where practical).

Professional Indemnity Insurance.  All registered Members are required to be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance, which they may take out privately or, if working for an agency or similar, may be covered by the Agency’s policy.  If covered by the latter, a letter of confirmation from their employer would be required.  Two companies which offer Professional Indemnity Insurance are Fenton Green and AON.  


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