To be eligible to apply for AARC Associate, Clinical or Master Clinician membership, practitioners will need to have completed a training program in counselling or psychotherapy that meets the AARC/PACFA Training Standards, plus at least 100 hours of specialised relationship counselling training. The 100 hours may be accrued in the initial training program OR in a post-training specialised course in relationship counselling.   Applicants are also required to hold professional indemnity insurance and to comply with the AARC Code of Ethics.  *Please Note the Application Fee for AARC Membership is non-refundable.

Students with a particular interest in relationship counselling may join during their course of study.

Affiliate membership is also available for AARC members who are no longer practicing.

Honorary membership is for service to the profession and achieved by nomination.

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Associate Members are practising under supervision and have yet to accrue the necessary hours of practice and supervision to meet the clinical membership requirements.

Application Fee: $60

Annual Fee: $223

Qualifications

To be eligible for AARC Membership, your qualifications must meet –

The PACFA Register Requirements – plus

2. The Association’s Relationship Counselling Requirements

Part 1. PACFA Register Requirements

(1) Undergraduate Equivalent

3 years training in psychotherapy or counselling (3 years – 350 hours of face-to-face training) plus 50 hours of clinical supervision linked to 200 client contact hours.

OR

(2) Postgraduate Equivalent

Relevant undergraduate degree plus specialist training in psychotherapy or counselling (2 years – 200 hours of face-to-face training) plus 50 hours of supervision linked to 200 client contact hours.

For clinical and Master Clinician registration, applicants must complete an additional 750 post-qualifying client contact hours linked to 75 hours of post-qualifying clinical supervision.

Part 2. AARC Membership Requirements

AARC Relationship Counselling Requirements:
1. Training: At least 100 hours of specialised relationship counselling as out-lined in our training requirements which may be included in Part 1 (above) or in post-training specialised relationship counselling course(s).

2. Practice: At least 500 hours of the 750 hours practice in Part 1 needs to be supervised couple and/or family face to face relationship counselling. (Associate members are working towards achieving this standard)

3. Supervision: At least 50 hours of the 75 hours of post-training supervision must be one to one supervision as outlined in our supervision.

Associate members are working towards achieving this standard.

Requirements of Members

Click here to view the Code of Ethics

Click here to view Training & Clinical Competence

Click here to view the AARC Constitution

How to Apply

Click here to view the Application Process

Click here to visit the PACFA Website

Annual Renewal

AARC members in the Clinical, Associate and Master Clinician categories who are also PACFA Registrants can complete their PACFA renewal at the same time as their AARC Renewal using this online Renewal Form.

To renew their AARC membership as well as their PACFA registration, members must meet the following renewal requirements:

Professional Development – AARC requires practising members to complete 20 hours professional development per annum, at least 15 hours of which must be formal training, seminars, workshops or online training. 50% of the professional development completed must have a relationship focus. AARC members who are also PACFA Registrants are required to complete 40 points per annum in accordance with PACFA policy, of which 15 points must have a relationship focus.
Supervision – Practising members must fulfil the requirement of 10 hours of professional supervision each year or 15 hours if you accrue more than 400 client contact hours per year. Accredited Supervisors are required to complete 15 hours of supervision of which it is recommended 5 hours relate specifically to supervision practice.
Professional Indemnity insurance – Practising members are also required to be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance (either privately or through an employer)
Clinical practice – 100 hours of relevant clinical practice
Membership fee – To renew their AARC membership, practising members of AARC must pay the annual membership fee:



Clinical Members have met the training standards and completed 750 hours practice of which at least 500 hours needs to be supervised couple and/or family face-to-face relationship counselling. In addition Clinical members must have completed 75 hours of post-training supervision of which 50 hours needs to be one to one supervision as described in the supervision document on the AARC website.

Application Fee: $60

Annual Fee: $357

Qualifications

To be eligible for AARC Membership, your qualifications must meet –

The PACFA Register Requirements – plus

2. The Association’s Relationship Counselling Requirements

Part 1. PACFA Register Requirements

(1) Undergraduate Equivalent

3 years training in psychotherapy or counselling (3 years – 350 hours of face-to-face training) plus 50 hours of clinical supervision linked to 200 client contact hours.

OR

(2) Postgraduate Equivalent

Relevant undergraduate degree plus specialist training in psychotherapy or counselling (2 years – 200 hours of face-to-face training) plus 50 hours of supervision linked to 200 client contact hours.

For clinical and Master Clinician registration, applicants must complete an additional 750 post-qualifying client contact hours linked to 75 hours of post-qualifying clinical supervision.

Part 2. AARC Membership Requirements

AARC Relationship Counselling Requirements:
1. Training: At least 100 hours of specialised relationship counselling as out-lined in our training requirements which may be included in Part 1 (above) or in post-training specialised relationship counselling course(s).

2. Practice: At least 500 hours of the 750 hours practice in Part 1 needs to be supervised couple and/or family face to face relationship counselling. (Associate members are working towards achieving this standard)

3. Supervision: At least 50 hours of the 75 hours of post-training supervision must be one to one supervision as outlined in our supervision.

Requirements of Members

Click here to view the Code of Ethics

Click here to view Training & Clinical Competence

Click here to view the AARC Constitution

How to Apply

Click here to view the Application Process

Click here to visit the PACFA Website

Annual Renewal

AARC membership is renewable on an annual basis, the annual membership period running from July to June each year.

AARC members in the Clinical, Associate and Master Clinician categories who are also PACFA Registrants can complete their PACFA renewal at the same time as their AARC Renewal using this online Renewal Form.

To renew their AARC membership as well as their PACFA registration, members must meet the following renewal requirements:

Professional Development – AARC requires practising members to complete 20 hours professional development per annum, at least 15 hours of which must be formal training, seminars, workshops or online training. 50% of the professional development completed must have a relationship focus. AARC members who are also PACFA Registrants are required to complete 40 points per annum in accordance with PACFA policy, of which 15 points must have a relationship focus.
Supervision – Practising members must fulfil the requirement of 10 hours of professional supervision each year or 15 hours if you accrue more than 400 client contact hours per year. Accredited Supervisors are required to complete 15 hours of supervision of which it is recommended 5 hours relate specifically to supervision practice.
Professional Indemnity insurance – Practising members are also required to be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance (either privately or through an employer)
Clinical practice – 100 hours of relevant clinical practice
Membership fee – To renew their AARC membership, practising members of AARC must pay the annual membership fee:



Master Clinicians have met all of the above requirements and are clinical members in good standing and have demonstrated their clinical skills. In addition Master clinicians must provide a digital recording of a third or subsequent, but not final interview of a couple or family; Applicants also need to provide a consent form signed by their clients that refers to the recording media being used and three referees including a current supervisor who can attest to their professional standing and clinical work.

Application Fee: No Fee

Annual Fee: $357

Qualifications

To be eligible for AARC Membership, your qualifications must meet –

The PACFA Register Requirements – plus

2. The Association’s Relationship Counselling Requirements

Part 1. PACFA Register Requirements

(1) Undergraduate Equivalent

3 years training in psychotherapy or counselling (3 years – 350 hours of face-to-face training) plus 50 hours of clinical supervision linked to 200 client contact hours.

OR

(2) Postgraduate Equivalent

Relevant undergraduate degree plus specialist training in psychotherapy or counselling (2 years – 200 hours of face-to-face training) plus 50 hours of supervision linked to 200 client contact hours.

For clinical and Master Clinician registration, applicants must complete an additional 750 post-qualifying client contact hours linked to 75 hours of post-qualifying clinical supervision.

Part 2. AARC Membership Requirements

AARC Relationship Counselling Requirements:
1. Training: At least 100 hours of specialised relationship counselling as out-lined in our training requirements which may be included in Part 1 (above) or in post-training specialised relationship counselling course(s).

2. Practice: At least 500 hours of the 750 hours practice in Part 1 needs to be supervised couple and/or family face to face relationship counselling. (Associate members are working towards achieving this standard)

3. Supervision: At least 50 hours of the 75 hours of post-training supervision must be one to one supervision as outlined in our supervision.

Criteria for the Accreditation of Master Clinician Membership

Master Clinicians are full members of the Association who have satisfied the following:

Have three years standing as a clinical member.
750 hours of clinical experience which must include 500 hours of couple and/or family counselling
Received 75 hours of supervision at least 50 hours of which has taken place in one-to-one supervision.
Demonstrated their ability to work effectively with couples and/or families and to integrate their theory and practice. Evidence of this will be through submission of:

A Digital Recording of a third or subsequent, but not final interview of a couple or family;
A paper describing and explaining the applicant’s theoretical position as it relates to the work presented (approximately 250 words describing the previous counselling sessions and 750 words addressing the clinical criteria);
Three professional referees including the applicant’s current supervisor.

Applicants will also need to provide:

Certified documentary evidence of relevant qualifications that meet the AARC and PACFA training and practice requirements.
Provision of three referees including your current clinical supervisor who have agreed to attest to your professional standing and clinical work.
The completed application form signed in the presence of an independent witness.

General Criteria for Preparation of Digital Recordings:

The recorded interview must:

Be a one hour couple or family counselling session (video tape is preferred.)
Be a third or subsequent, but not final, interview.
Be of a technical quality that allows ease of viewing and listening.
Focus on the counsellor but also include some view of the clients.

The recording must be accompanied by a written evaluation of the interview:
With approximately 250 words to describe the previous counselling sessions,
With approximately 750 words addressing the clinical criteria,
With consistency between what is demonstrated in the tape and in the written review.

If necessary, a role-play may be substituted for an actual interview consistent with the above guidelines.

A copy of the clients’ written consent is required with the application. Clinical Criteria for Evaluation of Digital Recording:

The recording and the written evaluation presented must demonstrate the applicant’s ability to work with two or more people, in relationship, where the focus is a relationship issue or process.

N.B. Accreditation at Master Clinician level will be determined primarily by the applicant’s ability to focus on and work with the relationship and the interactive processes evident in the session.

Within the recorded session the applicant must also demonstrate the ability to:

Form an empathic and respectful relationship with the clients.
Exercise appropriate responsibility for the direction of the interview.
Identify and respondto clients’ presenting concerns.
Understand and work with the underlying issues.
Be active in facilitating change in the session.
Identify and describe the nature of the couple dynamics.
Work appropriately with silence and spaces in the session.
Differentiate between relationship and individual dynamics, while maintaining a focus on the relationship issues.
Identify and work with obstacles to progress.
Work in a way that is consistent with an identified theoretical perspective.

In addition, the written analysis must demonstrate the ability to:

Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses demonstrated in the recorded session.
Reflect on the clients’ or one’s own projections evident within the session.
Describe the applicant’s theoretical perspective.

Guidelines for Submission of Clinical Media and Written Material

The Association offers the following guidelines to assist progression to the master clinician level of Membership.

Make yourself familiar with the Criteria for the Accreditation of Clinical Members (above). If you are unclear about the criteria please discuss this with:

(i)     Your supervisor;

(ii)    Member of the National Management Committee;

(iii)   An AARC master clinician member who is familiar with the criteria.

It is highly recommended that you have an AARC master clinician member support you through this process.

Consider this recording and the written material an assessment of your ability to meet the criteria. Not primarily a demonstration of your preferred model or theory of counselling.

Selection of an appropriate session is an important element of assessment. The Clinical Practices Sub-Committee (CPSC) assesses your recording against the Clinical Criteria. You do not necessarily need to use a complex case.

Applicants must demonstrate their ability to work with the relationship between two or more people present in the session. If this is not demonstrated, applicants will be asked to re-submit.

If an applicant has been asked to re-submit, it is most likely the recorded session has not met the Clinical Criteria and is not an overall comment on their clinical skills.

Requirements of Members

Click here to view the Code of Ethics

Click here to view Training & Clinical Competence

Click here to view the AARC Constitution

How to Apply

Click here to view the Application Process

Click here to visit the PACFA Website

Annual Renewal

AARC membership is renewable on an annual basis, the annual membership period running from July to June each year.

AARC members in the Clinical, Associate and Master Clinician categories who are also PACFA Registrants can complete their PACFA renewal at the same time as their AARC Renewal using this online Renewal Form.

To renew their AARC membership as well as their PACFA registration, members must meet the following renewal requirements:

Professional Development – AARC requires practising members to complete 20 hours professional development per annum, at least 15 hours of which must be formal training, seminars, workshops or online training. 50% of the professional development completed must have a relationship focus. AARC members who are also PACFA Registrants are required to complete 40 points per annum in accordance with PACFA policy, of which 15 points must have a relationship focus.
Supervision – Practising members must fulfil the requirement of 10 hours of professional supervision each year or 15 hours if you accrue more than 400 client contact hours per year. Accredited Supervisors are required to complete 15 hours of supervision of which it is recommended 5 hours relate specifically to supervision practice.
Professional Indemnity insurance – Practising members  are also required to be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance (either privately or through an employer)
Clinical practice – 100 hours of relevant clinical practice
Membership fee – To renew their AARC membership, practising members of AARC must pay the annual membership fee:



Affiliate membership enables retired, non practicing members to retain a connection with the field and the opportunity to share knowledge and wisdom accumulated over the course of their career Affiliate membership provides a valuable opportunity to network with like-minded professionals from the relationship counselling field and to contribute opinions, ideas and actively participate within AARC.

Affiliate members are not accredited AARC practitioners.

No application fee

Annual Fee: $101 (due)

Requirements of Members

Click here to view the Code of Ethics

Click here to view the AARC Constitution

How to Apply

Click here to view the Application Process

Click here to visit the PACFA Website

Annual Renewal

AARC membership is renewable on an annual basis, the annual membership period running from July to June each year.

To renew their AARC Affiliate Membership, members must meet the following renewal requirements:

Membership fee – To renew their annual membership, Affiliate Members of AARC must pay the annual membership fee of $101
Please note that AARC Affiliate members are no longer active AARC practitioners.



Applicants to AARC Student membership are required to provide:

a. Evidence of current enrolment (Place of study, name of course, hours of academic training, etc.);

b. Declaration certifying that they do not see clients in any capacity, except as part of their formal    training.

AARC Student membership is renewed annually. Student membership is reviewed after 5years.

Application Fee: $35

Annual Fee: $50

Requirements of Members

Click here to view the Code of Ethics

Click here to view Training & Clinical Competence

Click here to view the AARC Constitution

How to Apply

Click here to view the Application Process

Click here to visit the PACFA Website

Annual Renewal

AARC membership is renewable on an annual basis, the annual membership period running from July to June each year.

To renew their AARC Student Membership, members must meet the following renewal requirements:

Enrolment in Training Course – Student members need to retain documentary evidence of enrolment in a AARC/PACFA recognised counselling/psychotherapy training course.

Membership fee – To renew their annual membership, Student Members of AARC must pay the annual membership fee of $50
Please note that AARC requires that Student members do not see private clients in any capacity, except as part of their formal training.



Honorary membership may be offered to members on retirement who have made an outstanding contribution to relationship counselling in Australia.

Membership is by nomination in accordance with Clause 6 (e) (ii) of the Objects and Rules of the Association.

No Fees Apply