The Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC) functions within the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP), recognised as a professional body by SAQA for the professionalisation of Christian Religious Practitioners in South Africa.



The purpose of the professionalisation of Christian Religious Practicioners is to ensure adherence to national standards of training, ethical practices, continuous professional development and lifelong learning.


Affiliates of CPSC can obtain an ACRP designation registered on the NQF. They function according to a prescribed scope of practice and operate under protection of the CPSC ethical and disciplinary code benefiting both the counsellor and the public. 


There are two annually planned events. The first event being pastoral counselling-specific and the second is the ACRP conference for all three councils.


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Upcoming Events

CPSC organises regular conferences and lectures, which we encourage any and all to participate in.

It is time for the annual CPSC Conference!

Please see the advertisement for the 2019 CPSC Conference which will take place in Pretoria on Saturday 11 May 2019.

The evaluation committee has awarded 8 CPSC CPD points to this conference. This is an event which focuses on pastoral counselling with Ethical Counselling Ministry as theme.

Please note that the closing date for registration in on 26 April 2019. The bookings and payments need to be done in advance and no registrations can be done on the day of the event as there is formal catering involved. A seated lunch will be served and due to this the conference registrations are limited to 140 as the absolute maximum so please do your registration well in advance without delay.

The full fee for this conference is R450 but there is a discounted fee of R350 for all active 2019 CPSC affiliates, including our student CPSC affiliates. Please contact Anita at for the registration form. Please use the correct payment reference requested on the form. This registration form and proof of payment serve as your booking for the conference so please send both to Anita after you have deposited the conference fee.


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The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?   

Psalm 27:1