Frequently Asked Questions

General

SAC is the professional body representing counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling educators and students in Singapore.

Please refer to our Constitution for more information.
Our secretariat office is located at:
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#06-01 Singapore Shopping Centre
Singapore 239924
SAC is not a centre that conducts counselling, but an association for competent counsellors in Singapore.

To find a list of Registered Counsellors whom you may wish to seek consultation from, please visit our website under Directory Search. 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 (RC) status.
You can contact members of the sub-committee 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 our 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 five (5) types of membership to apply. You may check which category you are eligible for under http://sacsingapore.org/membership/membership-categories/
    1. Student Member
    2. Associate Member
    3. Allied Member
    4. Provisional Clinical Member
    5. Clinical Member
 Amount  Validity Period Remarks
One-time Non-Refundable Admin Fee $50.00 Not applicable Applicable for first-time applicants & membership conversions
All New Members
(except Student Members)
 $80^ membership fee
(applicable to pro-rated rate for first year)

Example:
Jan - Mar (S$80)
Apr - Jun (S$60)
Jul - Sep (S$40)
Oct - Dec (S$20)
Valid for one (1) calendar year
1st January – 31st December
Student Member  $40^ for Student Members
(applicable to pro-rated rate for first year)

Example:
Jan - Mar (S$40)
Apr - Jun (S$30)
Jul - Sep (S$20)
Oct - Dec (S$10)
Valid for one (1) calendar year
1st January – 31st December
Existing Member
(except Student Member)
$80.00 Valid for one (1) calendar year
1st January – 31st December
Registered Counsellor (RC) $200.00 Valid for two (2) years
1st July – 30th June
Renewal requirements:
400 clinical hours
50 CPD hours
Registered Clinical Supervisor (RCS) $100.00 Valid for two (2) years
1st July – 30th June
Professional Indemnity Insurance $160.50* Valid for one (1) year
1st July – 30th June
Applicable for:
a) Provisional Clinical Member
b) Clinical Member
c) Master Clinical Member
d) Fellow Member
^subjected to pro-rate
*subject to prevailing rate from insurer
  1. Usage of the respective Post-Nominal Titles
    1. Fellow Member – FSAC
    2. Master Clinical Member – MMSAC
    3. Clinical Member – CMSAC
  2. Right to vote (except Student and Associate Members) and hold office^ within the Association (^only for Fellow, Master Clinical and Clinical Members)
  3. Opportunities for involvement and contribution towards the future development of the counselling profession
  4. Opportunities to publish research findings and counselling literature on the SAC website
  5. Networking opportunities
  6. Special rates for SAC workshops and counselling-related developmental courses
  7. Access to job opportunities, events, latest updates within the field
  8. Free subscription to SAC e-newsletters and publications
To become a Registered Counsellor, you must first qualify to be Clinical Member. Please refer to this link for more information.

Once you qualify as an SAC Registered Counsellor, only then can you 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 (PCM) and continue to work towards to become a Clinical Member (CM) 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 an Associate Member.
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 (PCM) first and start accumulating your counselling hours.
You should have clocked at least 600 hours of clinical work and 60 hours of clinical supervision before you can qualify as a Clinical Member and subsequently Registered Counsellor.
SAC’s EXCO meet every two (2) 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 (2) years, subject to a maximum of three (3) 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 SAC. The supervision 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.
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 Insurance as long as you are an SAC member (ONLY Provisional Clinical Members, Clinical Members, Master Clinical Members, Fellow Members). Please email to finance@sacsingapore.org
Your organisation’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 purchase, please fill up the exemption form and email to admin@sacsingapore.org
To upgrade, kindly login to the membership portal and access "Conversion" to fill up the online application form.
There might be issues with the browser sometimes. Under your browser settings, go to "History", and clear your browsing history, cache images and files. If you still face issues, kindly write in to admin@sacsingapore.org.
Yes, if you have been a Clinical Member and received accreditation previously, you can remain as a clinical member even if you no longer renew your accreditation (subject to payment of membership fees).
Membership lasts for a lifetime (subject to payment of membership fees, renewed every year). Members are required to write in to admin@sacsingapore.org to resign as a member. However, if prompt payment for membership renewal accreditation is not received, membership and accreditation status may be automatically cancelled.

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 will need to clock 400 hours of clinical hours within the most recent twenty four (24) months, 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.

Accreditation Status

There are different categories of SAC membership that you can apply for depending on your eligibility. You need not necessarily apply for accreditation as a "Registered Counsellor" or "Registered Clinical Supervisor" to be a member. Being accredited means being recognised as a qualified professional and currently practising as a counsellor. However, you do need to be a SAC member in order to apply for accreditation.

Membership Online Portal

Please key in:
[username] - refers to SAC membership no (example: D0001... C0001 etc)
[password] - default password sent to your email previously.

If you do not receive your password by default email, you can click on "Forget Password" to trigger the system to resend you the password to log in.

Events/Networking Opportunities

Yes. SAC holds its Annual General Meeting in March each year, and other networking workshops/events for members only.

Please refer to the events calendar periodically for more details.
You may place an advertisement with SAC.

Please refer to this link for more information. Alternatively, you may drop an email to admin@sacsingapore.org for more information.

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.