FAQ

What is counselling?
What is Christian counselling?
What is accredited training?
What is PACFA?
What is the difference between PACFA and CCAA?
What is the difference between the CCAA state branches and national body of CCAA?
What is ARCAP?
Why are there different CCAA Membership categories?
What is a CCAA ‘Registered Member’ and why aren’t all members referred to as ‘Registered’?
How do I join CCAA?
What are my ongoing CCAA Membership/Affiliation obligations?
How do I find a CCAA Accredited Supervisor?
I want to study counselling, which course should I do?
What are the requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

What is counselling?

Counselling can be defined as the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems. There are many different areas of counselling including family counselling, relationship counselling and trauma counselling to name a few.

What is Christian counselling?

Christian counselling is the provision of professional counselling services that is integrated with and underpinned by Christian faith and values.

What is accredited training?

There are many different training institutions in Australia offering courses in counselling. CCAA recommends institutions which offer courses that integrate Christian faith with counselling practice. Furthermore, CCAA regards courses that meet PACFA’s basic training and registration eligibility standards as ‘accredited’ and offers full membership of our organisation only to counsellors having completed such courses. For more information on CCAA accredited courses, click here.

What is PACFA?

PACFA, The Psychotherapy and Counsellors Association of Australia, is a peak, Professional Association for counsellors and psychotherapists. PACFA is an association for individual members as well as an umbrella organisation uniting a select group of other counselling associations in professional standards, accountability and self-regulation.

What is the difference between PACFA and CCAA?

PACFA is a Professional Association for a wide range of individual counsellors as well as federation for Member Associations such as CCAA. CCAA is a Professional Association for counsellors who are Christian. Counsellors can join PACFA through CCAA, but not CCAA through PACFA.

What is the difference between the CCAA state branches and national body of CCAA?

CCAA originally began in Victoria in 1982 as CCA with other state organisations gradually being established over the following years (1991-2001). During the beginnings of PACFA, CCAA representatives from the states decided to develop the national organisation in 1998. The state associations are identities in their own right with an agreement to work together under the banner and organisational structure of the national body of CCAA. The national body’s members have been the six state associations. The structure of CCAA has changed with the State Association merged into a National Body – completion June 2019. Administration will now be done by the National Office with the six state branches able to work more with their local members.

What is ARCAP?

ARCAP, the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, is a national, independent organisation jointly established by PACFA and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) in 2012. ARCAP was established to provide an Australia-wide, self-regulating register of practicing counsellors and psychotherapists. CCAA Registered Members will be automatically listed on the ARCAP register when they apply for and are accepted as Registered Members of PACFA.

Why are there different CCAA Membership categories?

CCAA levels of membership exist to recognise the amount of training and experience a person has gained working in the field. A member at Diploma, Provisional or Graduate levels have all recently graduated from their course but with different in-training practice hours and academic requirements. Clinical Members have been working with clients for at least 750 hours since graduating. Click here to learn more about the various levels and requirements of CCAA membership.

What is a CCAA ‘Registered Member’ and why aren’t all members referred to as ‘Registered’?

CCAA Registered Members include Graduate and Clinical Members as well as Provisional and Diploma Members who meet our requirements for client contact and supervision hours. Registered Members are full, voting members of CCAA and are recognised by our organisation as having achieved sufficient training and qualification to practice as counsellors. Other members, such as Associates and Student Affiliates, may be in the process of gaining their qualifications or may work as pastoral carers or in other roles not requiring the same level of qualification as practicing counsellors. Click here to learn more about the various levels of CCAA membership.

How do I join CCAA?

In applying for CCAA membership or affiliation, you will first need to determine which of our Membership/Affiliation categories is relevant to your level of qualification. Click here to read more about CCAA Membership levels or here if you already know which level of membership you wish to apply for.

What are my ongoing CCAA Membership/Affiliation obligations?

All CCAA Registered Members, must meet ongoing professional development and supervision requirements as well as adhering to the CCAA Code of Ethics and upholding the Christian faith. CCAA Diploma Members and Affiliates are also required to adhere to our Code of Ethics and Christian values. For more information on the specific requirements for your level of membership/affiliation, click here.

How do I find a CCAA Accredited Supervisor?

In order to meet your ongoing CCAA Registered Membership requirements, you must have a specified amount of your professional counselling hours overseen by a supervisor, preferably a CCAA Accredited Supervisor. To find a supervisor near you, use the CCAA ‘Find a Supervisor’ directory.

I want to study counselling, which course should I do?

The decision on which counselling course you should undertake will be predominantly affected by the outcomes you wish to achieve from your study. Decisions like whether you want to practice as a counsellor, assist at your church or volunteer will help determine which is the most appropriate course for you. For more information on the types of counselling courses recognised by CCAA and PACFA, click here. You can also contact your local CCAA Office to discuss your options.

What are the requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Annual CPD requirement – 20 hours (from 1/7/17)
There are 2 categories from which the 20 CPD Hours may be accrued:

Category A – MANDATORY:  Minimum annual requirement – 15 hours
Category B – OPTIONAL:  Maximum annual allowance – 5 hours

The annual requirement of 20 CPD hours may all be accrued from category A if preferred as Categories B is optional.

CATEGORY A A minimum requirement of 15 hours per year accumulated by:
– Attendance at person-to-person courses, workshops, seminars and conferences
– Participation in online facilitated learning – that is in real time.  CCAA Zoom sessions fit this criteria.

Online facilitated learning takes place in an online learning environment. The presence and contribution of an online facilitator is required, providing synchronous* or asynchronous* interaction between the facilitator and the participants. This involves interactive learning where participants carry out a number of learning activities rather than passively listening to a lecture or presentation. Examples of online facilitated learning are online courses that include facilitated online discussions or forums, and may also include assessment components.
*Synchronous interaction takes place during the online training
*Asynchronous interaction takes place at another time, for example via an online forum, or email

CATEGORY B A 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 synchronous or asynchronous interaction with an online facilitator. For example, recorded webinars or webinars that are not substantially interactive in nature. A reflective journal is a written record, that reflects on the learning activity undertaken and how it relates to and enhances professional practice.

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