Frequently Asked Questions

General

A1: SAC is the professional body representing counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling educators and students in Singapore. Please refer to our Constitution for more information.
Currently, SAC does not have an office. Our secretariat office is at :- c/o Singapore Professional Centre 93 Toa Payoh Central #05-01 Toa Payoh Community Building Singapore 319194
SAC is not a centre that does counselling, but an association for competent counsellors in Singapore. Please visit our website under Directory Search, you can find a list of registered counsellors whom you may wish to seek consultation from. These counsellors have all gone through rigorous training, have at least 600 hours of counselling work done, and has been supervised for at least 60 hours by qualified clinical supervisors for them to attain the registered counsellor status.
You can contact members of the subcommittee to ask them about volunteering at the specific subcommittees, or contact members of the Executive Committee directly to volunteer. Alternatively, you may wish to email admin@sacsingapore.org
Yes, from January 2017 SAC has officially set up a Crisis Response Team of Counsellors. SAC networks with SGSecure to respond to local emergencies when mobilized. To sign-up for the Crisis Response Team, please write to admin@sacsingapore.org
Yes. SAC will send out job opportunities via email or post on website.

Membership Application

With effect from 3 November 2017, you can apply via the new online membership portal at http://member.sacsingapore.org. There are 5 types of membership to apply.

1. Student Member

2. Associate Member

3. Allied Member

4. Provisional Clinical Member

5. Clinical Member
Type of Membership Annual Fees
All Members (New) $50 one-time non-refundable admin fee and $80 membership fee
Existing Member $80^ every Jan of each calendar year
Registered Counsellor $200 for 2-year period plus $176.55* Professional Indemnity Insurance
Registered Clinical Supervisor $100 for 2-year period
^subject to pro-rated

*subject to prevailing rate from insurer
·       Usage of the respective post-nominal titles

·       Fellow Member – FSAC

·       Master Clinical Member – MMSAC

·       Clinical Member – CMSAC

·       Right to vote (except Student and Associate Members) and hold office^ within the Association (^only for Fellow, Master Clinical and Clinical Members)

·       Opportunities for involvement and contribution towards the future development of the counselling profession

·       Opportunities to publish research findings and counselling literature on the SAC website

·       Networking opportunities

·       Special rates for SAC workshops and counselling-related developmental courses

·       Access to job opportunities, events, latest updates within the field

·       Free subscription to SAC e-newsletters and publications

To become a Registered Counsellors, you must first qualify to be Clinical Member. Please refer the website under the Registry. Once you qualified as SAC Registered Counsellors, you can apply to be Registered Clinical Supervisor. Please refer to the website under Registered Clinical Supervisor.
Yes, you can apply to be a provisional clinical member and continue to work towards to become a clinical member and registered counsellor in the future. Otherwise, if you can apply to be an associate member, or an allied member if you are working in the field of mental health.
Yes, lay people who are interested in supporting counselling can become associate members.
If you graduated from SAC recognised programme, you can start clocking the hours after the course has ended. The training and practicum hours cannot be considered. You can apply to be a Provisional Clinical Member first and start accumulating your counselling hours. Once you have clocked at least 100 hours of clinical work and 10 hours of clinical supervision, you will qualify as clinical member and subsequently registered counsellor.
SAC’s EXCO meet every two months to review applications. Upon approval, you will be notified via email to make online payment and an official letter will be emailed to you once payment is made.
According to the Constitution, applicant must complete 600 hours of face to face counselling within a minimum period of two years, subject to a maximum of three years. This time period need not start immediately after graduation, but must consist of one block period of time that is completed within seven years upon graduation. The recording of hours will begin only when coursework has been completed. The supervision, which must be by an SAC Registered Counsellor or SAC Registered Supervisor, or a Clinical Supervisor approved by the institute will consist of at least one hour of clinical supervision for each ten hours of counselling practice.
The ratio for Group Clinical Supervision versus Individual Clinical Supervision is 70:30, i.e. equivalent to a maximum of 40 hours of Group Supervision and a minimum of 20 hours of Individual Supervision.

As for signing off your supervision log, under the Constitution 5.2.2.4, it is stated that "The supervision, which must be by an SAC Registered Counsellor or SAC Registered Supervisor, or a Clinical Supervisor approved by the institute.
SAC allows max a three-month extension to meet the requirement on a case-by-case basis. You may email to register board to seek approval for extension. Failing which, your name will be removed from Registry if you do not renew.
Username refers to your SAC membership number (ie C0001) . A password reset will be sent to your email. For technical support, please email to support@sacsingapore.org
With competence and professionalism comes responsibility. Like other international counselling associations of impeccable standing, being a recognised/licensed therapist means that there is a high volume of counselling work conducted, and with it comes the responsibility to protect the interest of the client, the practitioner and the practice. Being required to have professional indemnity means that one has reached a certain professional standing. This professional indemnity also protects the member should the member be involved overseas or on international platforms for counselling, consultation, clinical supervision or training.
Yes, you can purchase the AIG-SAC group Professional Indemnity as long as you are an SAC member. Please email to finance@sacsingapore.org
Your organization’s group Professional Indemnity policy will cover your requirement if you are a Registered Counsellor. However, we recommend you to purchase Professional Indemnity for yourself, as the policy will no longer cover your practice when you leave the service. Nevertheless, clients whom you have counselled during your term in the organization can still choose to pursue legal action after you have resigned, and you may have to handle the legal matters without any insurance coverage. If you do not wish to buy, please fill up the exemption form and email to finance@sacsingapore.org

Membership Renewal

The membership renewal cycle is in January of each calendar year. The Annual Membership Fee for all categories is $80.00 (subject to pro-rated).

If you do not wish to renew, please submit a resignation form and email us at admin@sacsingapore.org
If you are a clinical member but not a Registered Counsellor, it means that at some point of time, you may have lapsed the renewal of your Registered Counsellor status.

To reinstate your Registered Counsellor status, you need to clock 400 hours of clinical hours within the previous two (2) years, 50 hours of continuing professional education, purchase Professional Indemnity and pay the necessary fees to be listed on the Register. Your name will then be reinstated on the Register.

Events/Networking Opportunities

Yes.   SAC holds its Annual General Meeting in March each year, and other events like In Conversation with the EXCO and workshop/events for members only.  Please refer to the events calendar periodically for more details.

Others

SAC has an Ethics Board that considers best practices in counselling. If you wish to report the matter, or seek advice on what to do with the information, you can email us. The Ethics Board will investigate to the best of their ability. However, we are only able to attend to practitioners who are official members of SAC. The Ethics Board or the EXCO may propose other options for you to pursue the matter.