Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is essential for professionals in various fields, including counsellors. Let’s delve into what CPD means specifically for counsellors:

1. Definition of CPD:
– CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development. It encompasses a range of learning activities through which professional counsellors, pastors, chaplains, life coaches, social workers, auxiliary workers, mentors, care givers, grow and develop throughout their careers.
– The primary goal of CPD is to ensure that counsellors retain their ability to practice safely, ethically, and legally within their scope of practice.

2. Importance of CPD for Counsellors:
– Statutory Regulation: CPD is required by statutory regulation for professionals such as counsellors, psychologists, medical practitioners, nurses, social workers, life coaches, religious workers, and teachers.
– Professional Designation Requirements: Professional bodies set criteria for, promote, and monitor CPD to meet relevant professional designation requirements.
– Staying Up-to-Date: CPD helps counsellors stay informed about the latest research, amendments to applicable acts, and professional requirements.
– Category-Based Points: The number of CPD points varies based on the category of registration.
– Ethics and Wellness: Compulsory CPD points cover material relevant to a counsellor’s scope of practice.
– Relevance to Counselling and Coaching: CPD activities should be relevant to counselling and coaching content, practice, and theory.

3. CPD Rules and Guidelines:
 Hour-Based Measurement: One CPD point equals one hour of study.
– Not Training Programs: CPD is not equivalent to training programs; it focuses on professional development.
– External Recognition: Members can apply for external CPD recognition points based on relevant accredited programs.
– In-House and External Points: Completing in-house and external CPD points is essential.
– Responsibility: Each member must ensure their CPD points are registered with the relevant professional body.
– Risk of Non-Compliance: Failure to comply with CPD requirements may result in membership suspension.

4. Example of CPD Points:
– One point corresponds to 1 notional hour of study or training.
– Minimum CPD Requirements:
– SAAC: 6 points (including 3 compulsory ethics and 3 compulsory wellness points).
– PCAA: As per their guidelines.
– SAAC Varies based on registration category
Remember, CPD is an ongoing commitment that ensures counsellors remain competent and effective in their practice. Please check the SAAC Facebook page as well as you’re WhatsApp and e-mails for up – coming CPD range of learning activities.