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Swiss Association for Counselling

Information about the coronavirus

14th AGM SGfB
Due to the situation with the corona virus, the SGfB Board of Directors decided on 7 March 2020, after consulting the latest recommendations at cantonal and federal level and after consulting health experts, to postpone the holding of the General Assembly on 9 March 2020. The SGfB thanks you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAVE THE DATE: The 14th AGM will take place on 15 June 2020 at the Novotel in Zurich. 

SGfB secretariat

The SGfB secretariat will remain open, but will increasingly work in the home office. Applications will continue to be processed. We thank you for your understanding if there are delays.

Advisory practice, as of 25.03.2020
In principle, the SGfB recommends that you adhere to the behaviour and hygiene measures of the Federal Office of Public Health. The guidelines of the cantons also apply. Please visit the information page of the cantons.

Based on the recommendation of the Swiss Confederation to leave the house only for visits to the doctor or pharmacy and food purchases, the SGfB Board has decided to recommend that consultations be offered by telephone or video conference, except in emergencies and in important and justified exceptional situations.

The following recommendations apply to online solutions:

  • Inform patients that there are risks regarding confidentiality and data security on the Internet.
    We recommend that patients give their written consent that they have been informed of the risk and agree to it.
  • Patient documentation and professional secrecy should be handled in the same way as during a consultation in the practice.
  • In Switzerland, telephone calls and e-mail traffic (if the server is located in Switzerland) are considered secure. However, there is no absolute security here.
  • For video conferences, for example, wire (server is located in Switzerland) is considered secure.
  • Since data protection cannot be guaranteed 100% for online consulting, we recommend that you be released from professional secrecy.

It is important to mention that the responsibility still lies with the advising person.

Loss of earnings, as at 25.03.2020
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO provides information on loss of earnings in connection with the coronavirus. Self-employed persons who suffer a loss of earnings due to official measures to combat the coronavirus will be compensated unless compensation or insurance benefits already exist. Payment of the new compensation for loss of earnings due to the corona crisis is made through the AHV compensation funds. You can find the form and information for those affected here. For individual advice on how to proceed, we recommend the coronavirus hotline of the responsible AHV offices.

Information on continuing education, as of 16.03.2020
The Swiss Association for Continuing Education (SVEB) has announced that all face-to-face training is prohibited for both public and private continuing education providers. The SVEB will intervene with the Confederation regarding the economic consequences.

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We set standards for counselling and warrant quality and professionalism.

The Swiss Association for Counselling / Die Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Beratung SGfB seeks to strengthen the identity of counselling professions, to ensure the quality of professional psychosocial counselling, to allow it to evolve and to promote its scientific and professional foundations. If you wish to learn more about us, our objectives and our approach to counselling you will find numerous information sources here.

If you wish to be informed about psychosocial counselling, you will find SGfB’s approach to this format of counselling described here.

If you are looking for advice as to how to solve problems and on how to further your personal development, you will find suggestions for the choice of a suitable counsellor.

If you represent an institution or an association which offers qualified counselling training and are interested in a organisational membership of the SGfB, you will find our conditions of admission here.

If you are interested in becoming an individual member of the SGfB as an individual person, you will find the indications for individual members here, for members training here and for passive members here.

We are very pleased that SGfB as an umbrella association today unites 28 organizations and over 500 individual members who have obtained the specialist title of SGfB counsellor.

I warmly welcome you on behalf of the Executive Board

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Beratung
Association Suisse de Conseil
Associazione Svizzera di Consulenza
Swiss Association for Counselling

Secretariat SGfB
c/o FH Schweiz
Konradstrasse 6
8005 Zürich

+41 62 562 84 48
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Monday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
  13:30 - 16:30

Upcoming events:
14th AGM 15.06.2020
KKM 09.11.2020