Accreditation of rehabilitation counselling programs ensures the continuing high standards of tertiary education of Rehabilitation Counsellors. It seeks to support protection of the public by ensuring that practitioners are suitably trained and competent. It aims to ensure that training programs provide rehabilitation counselling students with the environment, content and practice necessary for them to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours central to the profession.
RCAA invites all Australasian tertiary education programs in rehabilitation counselling to apply for full accreditation for a period of five years. In regularly reviewing accreditation of tertiary courses, RCAA seeks to ensure that accreditation requirements remain relevant over time.
The requirements for full RCAA accreditation of professional programs in rehabilitation counselling are drawn from the RCAA Code of Professional Ethics, current empirical research that defines competency standards for Rehabilitation Counsellors, and consultation with representatives of the rehabilitation counselling profession. Consultation with RCAA membership, tertiary institutions and key stakeholders such as Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authority (HWCA) and the Departments of Education and Training and Employment, form part of the accreditation process.
The RCAA core competencies are contained in the Accreditation Manual.
Current accredited Rehabilitation Counselling Programs
RCAA has accredited rehabilitation counselling programs offered by tertiary institutions at university undergraduate and postgraduate levels throughout Australia. The following programs have current accreditation:
Griffith University – accredited in 2014. Distance education offered.
Accreditation was provided for the following Griffith University programs, which are no longer offered:
Bachelor of Human Services (Rehabilitation Counselling).
Master of Human Services (Rehabilitation Counselling) up to 2013.
Flinders University – accredited in 2015.
University of Sydney – accredited in 2016. Distance education offered.