Strategic Goals and Objectives

The strategic goals/objectives listed below are integrated with the objectives that can be found in the CPSA constitution.

4.1. Register and establish CPSA as a recognised legal entity focussing on the voluntary membership of Counselling Psychologists in South Africa;

4.2. Create awareness of the vision and mission of CPSA amongst all role-players and stakeholders;

4.3. Establish a network of Counselling Psychologists with a functioning database and communications platform, as well as stimulate and maintain contact within the membership;

4.4. Position and represent the Counselling Psychologist in the public and private sector at national and international level on various platforms, including forums, meetings, etc.;

4.5. Establish partnerships with existing organisations, associations, and/or institutions;

4.6. Offer consensus statements, policies, guidelines, guidance, coding advice, and suchlike on professional issues in the sub-specialty to interested and affected persons and entities;

4.7. Assist in fair and relevant development of Counselling Psychology, including enhancing, guiding and protecting the rights and interests of members and the profession within the sub-specialty on professional, ethical and clinical matters;

4.8. Make a meaningful contribution to mental health care needs in South Africa, while promoting and facilitating the maintenance and enforcement of ethical and professional standards; and

4.9. Assist members by investigating complaints by third parties and representing them professionally to ensure that the Counselling Psychology profession maintains only the highest standards.

Action Plans

The action plans will be given in correspondence to the strategic goals/objectives.

5.1. Follow all legal protocol;

5.2. Liaise with role-players and stakeholders through “meet and greet”, as well as using communication means to spread awareness of the establishment of CPSA;

5.3. Market membership of CPSA through various platforms. Identify and implement software that will meet the needs and budget of CPSA to communicate with its members;

5.4. Identify public and private sector platforms already active where CPSA can join in discussions to represent the Counselling Psychologist;

5.5. Identify entities that will be open to partnerships and consider the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Also seek out funding opportunities or the sharing of legal costs when considering aligning with current legal actions taking place relevant to the profession of Psychology;

5.6. Action as needed;

5.7. Use established partnerships and platforms to address pressing issues affecting Counselling Psychology, which includes Scope of Practice, training, experience, etc.;

5.8. Continuous action; and

5.9. Action as needed.