EAC the European Association of Counselling (EAC) has empowered a number of European Counselling Organisations to recommend their suitably trained and qualified Counsellor members to the EAC. On their recommendation the EAC will award the recommended counsellors with the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation (ECCac).
ECCac was developed and launched to demonstrate that the holder has received a high standard of education and training in counselling. They have reached a level of ethical practice that qualifies them to be recognised as European Counsellors
Accreditation Long Term Aim
Elsewhere in this site members of the public can search for and find qualified European Counsellors in their own country and area.
ECCac, will in time be used to help evaluate counselling qualifications across national borders and thus facilitate the mobility of Counsellors in Europe.
The EAC has many National Associations that have been approved to train counsellors to attain the ECCac. The EAC welcomes the opportunity of working with any Counselling Association within Europe that shares the same high objective of training and ethical practice as set out in this website.
The certificate took over six years to develop. The committee included representative from eleven countries with representations from the major counselling modalities. It is therefore inclusive with an emphasis on agreed competencies and personal development as an integral part of supervised practice. The standard is continually under review to ensure that the bearers of the Certificate represent the highest status of Counselling for the benefit of the public throughout Europe.
Birth of the EAC
When the EAC was founded in 1992, at a meeting in Montecatini, its main aim was to develop with partner organisations throughout Europe minimum standards for Counsellor training. At the time there was very little guidance as to the standards of education and ethical practice someone should reach to enable them to offer a professional service to those who needed help.
The accreditation committee that was formed to combine the standards of all Counselling Associations to initially set a minimum standard and ultimately a very high standard of training in theory and practice. All EAC accredited Counselling Associations work to the standards that have been set.
At first, the only way that the EAC was able to develop this standard with the cooperation of its affiliated organisations was through the development of National Associations representing different countries in Europe. They followed this route for their first 20 years and are grateful for the excellent support and help they have received from the highly developed Counselling Organisations that exist in some European Countries.
Increasingly the public are growing more aware and demanding of higher standards of counselling throughout Europe. To this end, although it has been endorsed that the only pathway to the recognition of a European Accredited Counsellor has been through National Associations, the EAC now seek to work closely with European Organisations and Counsellor Training Organisations so that they too may work toward the European Accreditation Certificate for their members.
The present criteria for the award of the ECC(acc) Certificate is, the application must be made through an EAC approved association/organisation and you must be a full member of that association/organisation and a full paid up ordinary member of the European Association for Counselling.
You must have worked as a practicing Counsellor for a minimum of 3 years. This period commences from the date you saw your first client. You must hold professional indemnity Insurance, although we do not need to see this certificate your application will act as proof that you have it in place.
A student should present evidence-based information to prove that they undertook 300 hours of course work including theory and skills, plus 150 hours of client face-to-face work. Supervision of these client hours is set at 10%.They should be able to prove 50 hours of personal development within their chosen model of practice. Post graduation the applicant needs to complete a further evidence-based 450 hours face-to-face client practice. Supervision is set at 10% for these hours. Plus a further 100 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Counselling organisations affiliated to the EAC will make sure that all candidates comply with the EAC Accreditation criteria and then they will sponsor the applicant to the EAC for the award of the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation.
In addition to a certificate Accredited Counsellors may enter their business details into the on-line Accredited Member Register
You can get a FREE copy of the EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter by completing your name and primary email address in the registration box at the bottom of this page.