Counsellor Toolbox
This page has a number of tips on how to do certain things in your professional life.  You may have items that we could add to this page - please do not hesitate to email us with items we could add.

Articles and Resources
Contained on this pages are a number of articles written mainly by our members, which we feel that other counsellors may be able to download.

CCAA Journal
Hard copies of these Journals have been printed for our members and others.  We have these available for any person to download these PDF files for you to read.

Past Conferences
This page has powerpoints and artilces from past conferences - currently this is only from the NSW Day Conference 2010.

Professional Development
This is set up into CCAA State Associations with details on the current Professional Development.  These events will often allow to book online.

The professional development requirement is intended to support the obligation of practitioners to keep up to date with their profession and new development in practice. The requirement of 40 points per year (refer below for details) is minimal and most practitioners will exceed this. 

Guideline for Content:
1. Material should be relevant to ongoing clinical practice.
2. Material should be relevant to core competencies of psychotherapy and counselling practice.

Guideline for Presenter/s:
These activities should be presented by: appropriately qualified members of PACFA MA s or presenters who are eligible for membership or those who are recognised by the profession as having advanced expertise in the topic being addressed.

Annual CPD requirement – 40 points
There are 3 categories from which the 40 CPD points may be accrued:

  • Category A - MANDATORY: One hour of CPD = 2 points. Minimum annual requirement – 30 points 
  • Category B - OPTIONAL: One hour of CPD = 1 point. Maximum annual allowance – 10 points 
  • Category C - OPTIONAL: One hour of CPD = 1 point. Maximum annual allowance – 5 points

The annual requirement of 40 CPD points may all be accrued from category A if preferred as Categories B and C are optional.

A minimum requirement of 30 points per year via: 

  • Person-to-person courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Participation in online facilitated courses 
  • At least 10 points must be person-to-person activities. The remaining 20 points may be accumulated from person-to-person OR participation in online facilitated CPD.

A maximum allowance of 10 points per year via:

  • Participation in facilitated learning groups. 
  • Imparting knowledge relating to counselling and psychotherapy through formal presentations, teaching, research and publications.
  • Supervision participation above the annual renewal requirement

A maximum allowance of 5 points per year via:

  • Contributing to the counselling and psychotherapy profession through involvement in the CCAA State Association committees that supports the development of the professional identity of counselling and psychotherapy in the wider community.
  • Self directed learning, logged in a reflective journal, including:
    • Reading and taking notes of psychotherapy and counselling journals and books;
    • Participation in online non-facilitated courses 
    • Participation in peer learning groups.


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