REGISTERED COUNSELLORSLittle is often known about what it is to be a registered counsellor, you can find some explanations and info here. LET'S CHAT
For you to better understand your counsellor please take note of the following:
To become a Registered Counsellor one needs to have written and passed a board exam with the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa (HPCSA) with a minimum of 70%. One is allowed entry into the board exam following completing an accredited 4 year B Psych Honours/ Psych Honours accredited by the Board as equivalent to the B Psych degree and an approved 6 month/ 12 month internship in their specific field (Trauma). This internship is done under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.A Registered Counsellor is bound by the Health professions act, which is the same ethical code pertaining to that of a Registered Psychologist.“psychologist” includes a person registered under the Act as a psychologist, registered counselor.” (Health Professionals act)
The role of a Registered Trauma Counsellor is to provide emotional support and psycho-education to enhance optimal personal functioning and prevent the onset of psychological trauma.
A Counsellor is highly trained in assisting the individual to rationalize and examine their thoughts, feelings and actions so that they can gain increased personal insight, self confidence and the ability to make informed decisions. Without such counselling and support, the risk of developing a disorder increases requiring intensive long term therapy or clinical intervention.
Registered Counsellors are able to charge Medical Aid rates at a rate significantly less than that of a Registered Psychologist. This allows for a greater majority of the South African population to receive Counselling and prevents the need for long term psychological intervention and the onset of psychological Trauma.
SOME HELPFUL LINKS
- This site is “dedicated to the improving of care of Trauma, the prevention of Trauma and as a South African Teaching resource repository.” – http://www.traumasa.co.za/
- A directory designed to make it easy to find what’s out there for kids and families – http://www.jozikids.co.za
- Organisation for pediatric Support South Africa – www.opssa.org.za
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