South African society is dislocated and traumatised across the socio-economic spectrum. At the same time, our country has enormous untapped potential. Necessary healing and actualisation of potential can only meaningfully take place through the intervention of skilled, experienced and professional counsellors, facilitators, and coaches.
This is according to Lance Katz, Managing Director of the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP), who adds that trained practitioners have the ability to bring positive individual and communal transformation.
“We have for more than 14 years been at the forefront of higher education in applied psychology and our aim is to boost counselling, coaching and facilitation skills so as to positively impact on society,” he elaborates.
SACAP offers a flexible approach to experiential, theoretical and practical learning, using quality curriculum materials, delivered in a small group environment by industry experts and academics. It is a fully accredited higher education institution and is open to matriculants, mature and post-graduate students. Distance learning courses are also offered.
On offer is a Diploma in Counselling and Communication with specialisations in counselling, coaching or facilitation. There is also as a Higher Certificate in Counselling and Communica- tion Skills - an entry-level qualification to develop foundational knowledge and skills. All are offered at both SACAP’s Cape Town and Johannesburg campuses.
Students are also given the opportunity to deepen the focus of their training through their choice of elective modules. These range from addiction counselling, working with children, conflict management, human sexuality and HIV counselling, to crisis and trauma counselling.
Katz says “Our 2012 qualifications have a distinct focus on developing practical skills. The management and academic team is committed to developing skilled practitioners that are equipped to make a real impact in a variety of societal and professional settings.”
The educational philosophy places a heavy emphasis on providing students with both a rigorous theoretical grounding and the training of practical skills. This, he explains, is in contrast to the skills gap that exists in most educational models in the field of psychology.
“Whilst our curriculum is founded on robust and established theory, it always seeks to apply this theory in real world settings through skills training, case studies, role play and practical assignments. Our supervised Fieldwork component ensures that our graduates have the necessary experience to apply their training with confidence, and by partnering with over 100 fieldwork placement centres, the programmes are enabling a meaningful and positive social impact in and of themselves,” he elaborates.
He adds, “Academically, our educators are acknowledged as leading professionals in their fields of expertise and students therefore gain from the wealth of experience and skill that our educators are able to bring to the teaching and learning environment.
“Studying at SACAP is both an experience and a journey. Our interactive and intimate classroom environment ensures that personal growth and transformation is not only quantitative but also qualitative.”