KAPC strives to promote professional development in Kenya and other African countries by offering an active membership service to professionally trained counselors. Membership is open to professionally trained counsellors, trainers and supervisors in Sub-/Sahara African region and other developed countries such as UK, America, and Canada.
Benefits include being part of a prestigious and well known professional organisation and opportunities for professional and personal development. Those who register as members will enjoy the following services at all of the KAPC branches of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.
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‘Chartered Counsellor’ (C.C.)
The purpose of the ‘Chartered Counsellor’ status is to promote the development of professional services for the public. At present the public has difficulty in knowing who the trained and experienced counsellors are and who are not. By using the letters C.C. after your name it will indicate that you have achieved a certain level of training and experience and that you are competent to offer professional services. The title is legally registered by KAPC and we wish to invite qualified and experienced counsellors to apply.
Criteria for Certification:
(A) Pre – Condition
(B) Post – Condition
Having met the pre-condition set in (A), the counsellor shall then be required to:
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Counselling can be very rewarding but also can be very exhausting and challenging. Every practicing counsellor needs to engage in regular and ongoing supervision for their client work as an ethical requirement as it safeguards the welfare of their clients and ensures their personal and professional development. It is for this reason that KAPC offers supervision to members on every 1st Saturday of every month in all its branches at a very minimal fee. Members can request KAPC to offer counselling supervision for their organisation on consultancy basis.
Continuing Personal and Professional Development
All practicing counsellors need to keep abreast with what is happening in themselves and in the counselling profession. This can be done by continuous examination of oneself and ones counselling practice and also by running or attending further counselling training, conferences, seminars, workshops, discussion forums and reading research and other counselling literature.
KAPC offers opportunities for its members in all of these areas such as:
Annual counselling conference –
KAPC has been running an annual international conference for the last 9 years. Each year the theme changes to address current issues that relate to counselling. The conferences attract as many as 300 participants including many counselling experts and authors from as many as 10 countries. Counsellors and all those interested are invited to submit abstracts and to present their experience or research work. KAPCs well organised and popular conferences earned them an invitation to London in 2005 to co-host the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) annual Research conference. Two of our MA students were able to attend this conference. The participants at the conferences learn a lot from the feedback, experience sharing and discussions that go on in the conference. Students are encouraged to present their dissertation findings in the conferences. This goes to contribute to their personal and professional development as counsellors. The conference reports can be found on the internet. Counsellors are encouraged to record their conference attendances for accreditation purposes.
Short courses, Workshops and Seminars –
These are designed for counsellors who want to update their knowledge and practice and also for non-counsellors who may be interested to later join the counsellilng profession. Counsellors are encouraged to record their workshops, training or seminar attendances for accreditation purposes.
Personal Development (PD) or Growth groups –
Members have opportunities to meet in groups and share and get help from others on personal matters that are affecting their lives. Such issues if not addressed may affect their home life, work life and client work. KAPC runs the PD groups on every 2nd Saturday of the month and all members are invited. However members are still encouraged to seek individual counselling when necessary.
The KAPC newsletter is produced quarterly and circulated to all members. It contains interesting counselling articles by members and news about important happenings in KAPC and other places. Members are encouraged to write about their experiences with other members.
KAPC is open to its members in all branches of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. The libraries are well stocked with counselling literature including international counselling journals that KAPC subscribe to. There are also video tapes and DVDs of key counselling experts such as Carl Rogers and many others. Some of the books are donated form our very dear friends and well wishers from especially UK and USA. The libraries are run by qualified librarians who are available at all times for the students.
Computer Labs –
All KAPC members and trainers have access to computers in all KAPC branches. Members and students can access their email and browse on the website for whatever information that they may need in counseling and other areas. There is always an IT person or librarian to assist members and students in the computer lab.
Discussion forums –
Members have opportunity to engage in active discussions of various topics on the website. This is a good way to learn and to network with others especially those who unable meet face to face. Members can form special alumni groups depending on whatever bonds them together e.g. country, or course e.g. alumni groups for MA group, play therapists, diploma class, Eritrea counsellors, Zanziibar supervisors etc.
Fun Outings –
Members have opportunity to relax and have fun with other members at KAPC. These outings take place on a quarterly basis on every 3rd Saturdays at a small agreed upon fee. Past outings have been to the Arboretum, Mount Longonot, Lake Baringo, Disco dancing, dinner etc. Members get an opportunity to bond and to learn more about themselves and their fellow members better.
Community Service –
Members occasionally go out in groups to the community to help. Members have been known to go to children’s orphanages to play feed and help children with psychological needs. This help is normally extended to the children’s house mothers or helpers at the homes.
Counselling practice and training opportunities –
Practice is known to make work perfect. I order to qualify for any accreditation including with KAPC chartered counsellor, one need to be on regular practice under supervision. Many counsellors in order to achieve this professional requirement have had to engage in volunteer work. While KAPC has opportunities for volunteer work, it also offers opportunities for short contractual paying jobs in counselling. These are rare opportunities that are very enriching but also challenging. KAPC only uses members who have chartered counsellor status or those with minimum diploma in counselling and with many years of counselling experience under supervision who are working towards their accreditation.
Members have the opportunity to work as trainers for KAPC and occasionally to get onto some few sponsored courses, workshops or seminars whenever they come by. Members who want to work as trainers are encouraged to continue with counelling practice, supervision and personal and professional development activities. Trainers must always have a higher qualification that for which they are training and so members are always encouraged to enroll on both short and more academic courses like the MA and PhD which are available in KAPC in collaboration with the University of Manchester.
Members are encouraged to record their client and training work in KAPC and other places for purposes of accreditation.
Networking and contacts–
As members work with KAPC in as students, counsellors, supervisors or trainers or consultants, they get opportunities to broaden their horizon and to meet and know other members and other organizations that they are sent to work with. Often members may represent KAPC in some forums and this gives them great exposure.
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