European Association for Counselling

The Vision of Counselling in Europe and Elsewhere


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Counsellors working for good across the world

the first vision

In 1992, thirteen European Countries, at a meeting in Montecatini, established the European Association for Counselling.

Their vision was the management and development of a basic training standard for Counselling.
At that time the effectiveness of Counselling was unrecognised and unstructured throughout Europe.

The training would equip students to become professional counsellors.

The new European Standard would help Counselling to be recognised as a profession.
In most countries Counselling was on the fringe of the mental health industry network.

April 2017 sees a celebration marking the Twenty-fifth anniversary of this pioneering inaugral meeting.

Counselling self-regulated

Although self-regulated, most Counselling organisation management work to the basic guidelines of those early pioneers.
The levels of the studies and training required to be recognised as a European Counsellor are also agreed.

Counsellors now provide a higher and valuable service to members of the public throughout Europe.
Recognised as institute or university trained individuals they bridge the gap between General Practitioner and the Psychologist.
Their service has brought about many social and economic benefits.

They have helped remove the perceived stigma of receiving mental health contact, support and treatment. They offer a wide range of efficient and reliable responsive services.

Professional European Accredited Counsellors offer a greater variety of contexts to their clients.
Above all they are trained to listen.
The client has an opportunity to talk in the privacy of a non-judgemental; confidential and safe environment.
The counsellor helps the client to change their future behaviour through psychological interventions.

All counsellors, like other health care providers are governed by their central counselling organisation.
They develop their practice by participating in clinical care practice and continued vocational training.
This training schedule is supervised throughout the future studies of counsellors.

The European Association for Counselling has a central and compelling philosophy.
We believe, every counsellor deserves the highest standard of training and support. For the benefit of the profession and the public they serve..

A Counsellor will specialise in one of the many aspects of counselling. These range from Personal Centred Therapy; Transactional Analysis or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
A full range of therapies and their terms can be found on the EAC website at http://eac.eu.com/accredited-counsellors/glossary-counselling.

Counsellors sign in or create a therapeutic alliance with their clients.
There always has to be privacy and reserved boundaries.
They must never be crossed to enable client counsellor relationship to flourish.

The European Association for Counselling (EAC) develops european education for practice-based counsellors.
They provide a clear understanding and consistent interpretation of the role of a counsellor and the rights of clients.

The EAC continually through research, reviews and evaluates the conditions for counsellor registration.
Covering types of institute or university programmes and services offered.
This includes professional development activities,therapeutic options and the effectiveness of counselling.

EAC works with their strategic partners to develop the European education and training demands on the modern-day counsellor.

To give of their best to their clients the counsellor receives the best network of support possible.
Encouraging Counsellors at all times to take their studies and understanding to the next level.

The EAC is a not-for-profit body that promotes the recognition, business development and professional ethical practice of counselling.
For the benefit of its members, and the safety and protection of clients and the public in Europe and elsewhere.

Membership of the EAC includes individuals and organisations.
Who work in counselling and/or counsellor training or many of the diverse fields of education, employment; personal and career development, social work, business, industry, mental health, public service agencies, government and private practice

The EAC will pursue these objectives by:

  • Promoting the development of counselling as a distinct profession
  • Guaranteeing a professional central ethical framework for the professional practice of counselling
  • Defining, setting, and maintaining standards for training in counselling. And the practice of high quality ethical counselling
  • Establishing and administering schemes for recognising professional competence. For both individual counsellors and counselling organisations
  • Encouraging research in counselling
  • Supporting the establishment of national representative organisations for counselling
  • Representing counsellors and counselling at European level.
  • Providing liaison between national and Europe Wide organisations
  • Forming partnerships on policy development in counselling. At national, international and European Union levels
  • Collaborating with other bodies, notably the Commission of the European Union. To convey to them the views of professionals in the field of counselling.
  • Providing and promoting access to and disseminating information about counselling. This applies to both members and the public
  • Publishing a newsletter for members about the activities of the EAC.
  • Providing a forum for communication between members
  • Being the lead sponsor in the Journal of Counselling and Counselling Research.

If you are a counsellor, whether you belong to a counselling organisation or not in Europe or elsewhere or you are a counselling organisation and care about the profession of counselling and wish to help us promote and raise the profile of Counselling in Europe and elsewhere.
Please send your name; the name of the organisation you represent and primary contact email address to
Your personal details are secure and will never be sold, rented or given to any third-party organisation.

“Splintered and divided we are weak but working together makes us strong.”

vision at sea
Author
David Dutch