Tertiary level qualifications in rehabilitation counselling are a fundamental requirement of RCAA membership. Clients of rehabilitation counselling services have a right to expect that Rehabilitation Counsellors (RCs) regularly update their skills and knowledge in order to maintain competence and to provide services based on contemporary evidence-based best practice. Participation in RCAA approved continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement of RCAA membership, and is designed to ensure RCs practice safely, legally and effectively.
The implementation of a CPD Policy also assists in aligning RCs with other Allied Health professions. Allied Health professions have CPD policies to ensure compliance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act enforced in each state and territory in Australia. In New Zealand, The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 applies.
Further, RCAA is a member association of CICA, the Career Industry Council of Australia. Accordingly, RCAA members are required to comply with CICA professional standards including a requirement for ongoing professional development. CICA requires a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of CPD per year. RCAA is also recognised by the Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authority (HWCA) under its Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers. The HWCA guidelines require that employers of rehabilitation professionals providing occupational rehabilitation services, ensure continuous learning and development for staff. CPD is required for all areas of rehabilitation counselling practice.
The RCAA CPD Policy is effective from 1 July 2015. RCAA will commence random audits of member compliance with the CPD policy from 1 July 2016. All members must maintain records of CPD activities undertaken, to ensure they meet audit and membership requirements.
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RCAA members must record their CPD activity in the Activ8evolve database on that website. Click here for link.