A few of the EAC members attending a conference and a workshop
Welcome to the EAC membership page
The EAC is a professional organisation of counsellors making a difference, dedicated to serving the interests of all 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 who share the objectives of the EAC. Working together to raise the profile of counselling and related professions throughout Europe and beyond.
The European Association for Counselling (EAC) was formed in 1992 by a group of like-minded Counselling and related Professional Organisations to promote the development of Counselling as a distinct profession.
They drew up information on a combined code of ethics framework for the professional practice of Counselling which still stands as the regulation today. At the same time, it was agreed to the standards for training in Counselling which is the benchmark for recognising professional competence of individual counsellors and counselling organisations.
Although the EAC is an umbrella organisation
It works by accrediting European Counselling Organisations who agree to work to the standards set by the EAC.
These Associations meet at the EAC Governing Board on a regular basis to agree on policy development in counselling at National; International and European levels. The EAC also works with Individuals and Organisations in areas related to counselling as mentioned above in Europe and beyond.
As a counsellor or a member of a professional related field, you may or may not hold a membership with an EAC National Counselling Organisation, but are fully committed to Excellent and Ethical Practice having undertaken the necessary education and experience to equip you for your role.
It is not everyone that can become an EAC member. In order to apply for registration every applicant at whatever level must be able to demonstrate their level of achievement both in competency and/or academic levels (except for student applications). This is done by way of completing an application form which will be assessed and references taken up.
Today individuals, especially the vulnerable, need to be protected when they seek advice, support and assurance of those with competence and skills. There is a growing need to display your professional status and ability by the use of designatory letters and certificates of competence from an Authoritative Individual Organisation such as the EAC.
The EAC amongst its other services in support of the Professional Counsellor provides this independent evidence for
all of its members. It is essential today to demonstrate to your clients your determination to provide a professional service, membership of the EAC demonstrates your determination.
Categories of membership include:
- National Association (NA)
- National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
- European Wide Organisation (EWO)
- Nation Wide Association (NWA)
- General Member Counselling Association (GMC)
- General Member Counsellor Training Association (GMTA)
- External General Member Counselling and/or Training Organisations (EGMC/EGTO)
- Modality Group
- Client Sector Group
- International Organisation
- Affiliated Organisation
This section of our website covers the various levels of membership available for both Individual Counsellors and Counselling Organisations, please use the links to the right of the page to select the application form that reflects your level of training and experience.
Grades of EAC Individual Membership
The membership fees shown on this page are current for the year 2016/17.
An accredited member is recognised as one who has demonstrated their level of training and experience to a very high standard. Accreditation is available to all Ordinary Counsellor Members who wish to be identified by their peer group and the general public as having devoted time to develop their skills and ethical practice to meet the specific requirements set by the EAC Professional Training Standards and Accreditation Committee (PTSAC). Their booklet is available here or by leaving your name and primary email address in any of the designated boxes at the base of each website page.
Accredited members must be fully paid up ordinary or pre-accredited members of the EAC.
The fees for an Accredited Member for 2016/2017 is an additional 25 Euros per year.
Accredited members are either recommended by an EAC approved Organisation who has examined and approved that the individual counsellor has under supervision reached the EAC standard for European Accreditation or an individual who has submitted the required supporting information to the PTSAC for scrutiny to ensure they can be accredited by the professional standards of the EAC.
Accredited Members have the right to place their business details in the Accredited Member Register, listing those members who meet exacting standards and training requirements. The register is featured on the Website on the “Find a Counsellor” page
The majority of our Counsellor members seek to attain the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation. This level reflects their high level of training and expertise in the profession.
All students who attain a diploma in counselling or a related profession and have qualified as an EAC Ordinary Member can continue to register their hours of practice under supervision to attain the level of European Counsellor.
The fees for a Pre-Accredited Member for 2016/2017 is 50 Euros per year the same as the Ordinary Member fee.
A Pre-Accredited member agrees to either provide proof of their supervised hours and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to their EAC Accredited Organisation or to the EAC PTSAC on an annual basis.
Attainment of this certificate is available only to qualified Professional members, to promote professional accountability and visibility. Certification identifies to the public and professional peers those counsellors who have met specific professional standards. Accredited Members have the right to place their business details in the Accredited Member Register, listing those members who meet exacting standards and training requirements.
The register is featured on the Website on the “Find a Counsellor” page
For those 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 who share the objectives of the EAC. There are two levels of entry:-
- Attached to an EAC accredited association/organisation. Application form available through their designated Association
- Independent Application where applicant applies direct to the EAC with no EAC Accredited Organisation support. Application form is available from the contents in the right-hand column of this page.Both levels hold the same membership benefits however members joining through an EAC Accredited Association/Organisation pay an annual sponsored discounted fee of 50 EurosIndependent member annual fees 85 Euros when applying direct to the EAC.All registered Ordinary Members of the EAC have voting rights at all EAC elections and a seat at the General Assembly giving them a true voice in the Governance of the EAC.
A Student Member is a trainee counsellor who is completing a training course which leads to a counselling qualification and the required clinical practice hours. Or a student of a related profession whose course includes a level of skills and theory related to counselling as defined by the EAC. As there is no need for the training course provider to be associated and approved by the EAC it is essential that the Supervisor information on the application form is fully completed.
The fees for an EAC Student Member for 2016/2017 is 18 Euros
Student members are invited to attend the General Assembly but have no voting rights.
EAC Membership gives major benefits
The Executive Committee invites you to take part in the vital area of our work in Europe whatever level of membership you select. The membership benefits are shown on the website and will continue to be developed over time as we announce EAC activities such as Conferences; Workshops and Seminars in the Events
section of the site.
The European Certificate
The majority of our Counsellor members seek to attain the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation that reflects their high level of training and expertise in the profession. Full details of the required qualification for the award of the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation is available HERE Accredited Members
have the right to place their business details in the Accredited Member Register, listing those members who meet exacting standards and training requirements. The register is featured on the Website on the “Find a Counsellor” page