Is a community whose members have undergone experiential transformative training. Counsellors trained online or by distance education are not eligible for membership.
Unambiguously declares that our members trained to Diploma/Adv Diploma level are qualified to carry out psychotherapy (contrary to PACFA definitions) and is willing to support members through complaints or legal processes on that basis.
Considers harm to clients as much more likely a failure of personal development than of skills training and applies that attitude both to recognised counsellor training and to the range of activities that constitute approved professional development.
Encourages members to make informed individual decisions about the style of professional development and supervision that meets their needs.
Takes account of the inherent complexity in members’ lives, and applies the association’s rules in a flexible manner.
Operates paperless self-reporting processes based on trust.
Adopts a stance that encourages compliance with national standards rather than taking punitive action when members may fall short.
.:. At the practical level, HTA:
Provides low cost membership (free of charge to student members, $75 p.a. for Qualified and Professional members).
Provides free listing in a searchable online practitioner directory for members who have met their OPD and supervision targets
Provides access to professional insurance through several brokers, including TherapySure, OAMPS and Fenton & Green, the insurers to PACFA.
Has an annual OPD target of 15 experiential hours and 10 hours Supervision
Includes a non-practicing membership category for members who have not met their OPD and Supervision targets and aren’t eligible for an exemption
Provides a range of logos for advertising purposes
Provides free member access online to relevant journals, including the archive of The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.