APS College of Counselling Psychologists

About Us

Membership of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists is open to psychologists who have completed specialised training and two years of supervision after graduation. To remain a member of the College, practitioners are required to undertake a program of continuing professional development, with a particular focus on Counselling Psychology.

 

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Counselling Psychology

Definition

Counselling Psychologists use their knowledge and understanding of psychology, psychotherapy, and mental health to treat a wide range of psychological issues, problems, and mental health disorders. They provide assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. They use evidence-based therapies and evidence-based therapy relationships to assist clients to resolve mental health disorders or psychological problems and move toward greater psychological health. They research, evaluate, and develop new methods for improving psychological health and therapeutic interventions for psychological problems and disorders. Counselling psychologists have a distinct philosophical stance, recognising the strengths and resources of people at all levels of psychological functioning, working collaboratively with people in a therapeutic relationship to bring about meaningful change.

Consumers of the services of Counselling Psychologists are persons, groups, and organisations, including:

  • Members of the public, couples, families, and carers
  • Medical specialists, and health practitioners
  • Health departments, hospitals, and community practices
  • Community groups
  • National, state or local government or non-government organisations
  • Welfare agencies, educational institutions, justice services, victims of crime, and community services

Specific services of counselling psychologists include assessment and provision of psychological therapy for a wide range of issues and disorders including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, sexual abuse and trauma, career development, substance-use disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

For community information about the type of work that counselling psychologists do, please visit the Psychologist Specialist Area on Counselling Psychology.

 

Competencies

In 2012 the National Executive continued to ensure an accurate representation of the skills, training and competencies of Counselling Psychologists. As a result, the college has revised our competencies, to reflect what is being taught in postgraduate programs, and to educate key stakeholders. The final version of the competency document can be found here.

 


College structure

The College has a National Committee, and a number of States have a State Committee.

The National Committee is responsible for development and implementation of national policies regarding the College, liaison with the APS National Office and input into the APS National Conference. The National Committee may seek assistance from individuals or committees from the State Branches from time to time on an as required basis.

State Committees are responsible for the implementation of College polices and undertaking College activities at the local level. Main activities of the College involve promotion of the work of Counselling Psychologists and the provision of professional development education and training opportunities to college members.

For more information or to contact members of any of the committees, see Office Bearers.

 

Our membership

Following is the breakdown of College membership, current on 6 August 2015:

By State and Territory:

State or Territory # Members
Victoria 527
New South Wales 248
Queensland 105
Western Australia 53
South Australia 19
Australian Capital Territory 12
Tasmania 7
Northern Territory 5
Overseas 10
Total 986