SAFCA Membership, Professional Development and Supervision

Written on the 26 January 2021 by SAFCA

SAFCA follows Financial Counselling Australia's National Standards for Membership & Accreditation.

To read the National Standards, click here

For an update of the requirements for membership of SAFCA, I have provided information about:

  • The three types of membership
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Professional Supervision

At SAFCA, we offer 3 types of membership:

  • Affiliate Non voting
    • Working in the financial counselling sector in a related role, or
    • studying for the Diploma of Financial Counselling, or
    • Completed the Diploma of Financial Counselling and not working as a financial counsellor
  • Associate
    • Working as a financial counsellor, and
    • Studying for the Diploma of Financial Counselling, or
    • Holds the Diploma of Financial Counselling and has not yet had 24 months full time experience
    • Meets the requirements for Supervision and Continuing Professional Development,
  • Full
    • Has had 24 months Full time experience or 36 months part time experience working as a Financial Counsellor, and
    • Holds the Diploma of Financial Counselling, and
    • Meets the requirements for Supervision and Continuing Professional Development, or
    • If not working as a financial counsellor, meets requirements for continuing professional development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the reinforcement or acquisition of skills or knowledge relevant to the workplace.

  • A Financial Counsellor must complete 20 points of CPD per annum
  • There must be at least one activity from each of the following CPD categories:
    • Technical eg content knowledge relevant to legal issues, banking, fines, EDR/IDR, superannuation, hardship, insurance, completion of Statements of Financial Position
    • Skills e.g. counselling, mental health, communication (written, verbal), interviewing, cultural awareness, suicide prevention/training and negotiation
    • Ethics e.g. conflict of interest, boundaries, counselling relationships, cultural awareness, options- client choices; appropriate referral to other services
  • The attached National Standards includes a Points Guide for CPD

Professional supervision supports the work of a financial counsellor. The supervision process provides a forum to discuss casework, clinical aspects of the role and the the counsellor's emotional and psychological wellbeing.:

  • If working as a Financial Counsellor, as a minimum, you are required to have the following Supervision
    • Employed 0.5 FTE or more 10 hours per membership year, or
    • Employed less than 0.5 FTE 6 hours per membership year.
  • The attached National Standards details who can be a SAFCA Supervisor, and the types of Supervision that can be undertaken.

 


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