What is a Registered Counsellor?
A Registered Counsellor is a highly trained mental health professional, also referred to as a psychology professional. In order to become a Registered Counsellor and be registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa, one needs to complete a 4 year BPsych degree (or an equivalent Psychology Honours) as well as complete a 720 hour practicum which is followed by the writing of the Psychology board exam, where one must pass with a minimum of 70%.
Registered Counsellors are trained to provide developmental, preventative counselling services that are designed to protect and promote psychological well-being. We promote psychosocial health and community-based care for individuals, families, and communities. Registered Counsellors perform primary mental health interventions as well as participate in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of psychologically-based programmes that are appropriate for individuals or groups in community contexts. We also participate in policy formulation based on various aspects of psychological theory and research. Registered Counsellors are also trained to train and supervise other Registered Counsellors