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Due to the special circumstances this year, the annual business was voted on in writing for the first time. The new president Katharina Wolf was elected. Despite the challenges of the year, the new board succeeds in familiarizing itself.

The Appeals Commission was dismissed this year. Newly, appeal cases are handled by Beat Messerli, Advokatur JSM.

Online learning and online consulting gain in importance this year and slide into the focus of the SGfB.

The working group Recognition Insurance is reformatting itself this year and is actively advancing this cause.

Annual report to follow in spring 2021


An expanded Executive Board is introduced, with the Secretariat and Executive Board now located in Zurich.

The examination regulations for the Higher Professional Examination are definitively approved by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI.

The newly founded Communication and Marketing Commission has started its work. The topic of online consulting comes more into focus.

Annual Report 2019


The AGM approves the newly developed strategy paper 2017-2020, in which the future challenges are named and the external and internal tasks are defined.

In the past year, a gratifyingly high number of SGfB consultants passed the Higher Professional Examination.

The board of directors is newly formed, and several board and commission members are stepping down after many years of commendable work.

Annual Report 2018


Margot Ruprecht succeeds Dr. Irène Kummer as Vice President.

The advanced qualification for counsellor in the psychosocial field is not united in one examination regulation with the advanced qualification of Supervisor/Coach-organizational counsellors. The SGfB remains the exclusive authority in charge of the advanced qualification for counsellor in the psychosocial field.

The first newsletter is published in autumn.

The examination regulations, valid from 1.1.2018, are finally approved on 13.12.2017.

Britta Beinat announces her retirement from the SGfB Secretariat on March 31th, 2018.

Annual report 2017


The tenth anniversary of the Swiss Association for Counselling, SGfB was the highlight of the reporting year and a great milestone in our history. Through a strong commitment of all our institutions and members as well as the voluntary staff members we have come a long way as an association.

SGfB quo vadis in the next ten years? We need a strategy that provides a direction. During the conference, it was presented in a short paper that pointed out the challenges and possibilities, presented the SGfB’s mission statement and contained strategic guidelines (including activities and indicators). The members should be able to join us in thinking about the strategy so that they can share and support it. The product of the SGfB – counselling – should be made visible. The foundation is there, the structures and available resources give stability. 

Under the direction of Gérard Kahn, KRIPS GmbH, the NQR-evaluation for the Advanced Diploma Examination was satisfactorily concluded with a classification 6 (out of a maximum of 8).

Annual report 2016


The Wikipedia entry (German version) was one of this year’s highlights. Sylvia Baumann has greatly contributed to making counselling and the new professional profile better known.

Approximately 100 new members, among them 3 new collective members, have contributed to the growth of the SGfB by about 30%.

A further highlight was the change in the regulations of the Higher Diploma Examination: in addition to the national languages German, French and Italian, Higher Diploma Examinations may also contain counselling sequences, including transcripts in English.

Annual report 2015


After an intensive eight-year period of pioneering and development, Hedi Bretscher handed over the presidency of the SGfB to her successor Rosemarie Zimmerli. A sign of the SGfB increasing is a.o. the expansion of the secretariat, which is moved from Rheinfelden to Möriken.

In March, April, October and November, Advanced Qualification Exams will be held in Olten and Bellinzona in German, French and Italian. 49 candidates will be awarded their Swiss Federal Diploma as “Counsellor in Psychosocial Studies”.

As a member of the Network Mental Health (NPG), the SGfB actively contributes to the developing of a „Swiss Manifest for Public Mental Health“.

Annual report 2014


On 28 June 2013, the examination regulations for the Advanced Federal PET Diploma entered into force. Thereby, SGfB was commissioned by the Swiss Confederation to organize and implement the federal professional examination in the field of counselling.

The preparations for the organization and implementation of the first examinations are made. A working party sets guidelines for the development of a personal approach to counselling. This will be part of the Advanced Federal PET Diploma.

SGfB becomes a member of the Swiss Network for Mental Health (Netzwerk Psychische Gesundheit Schweiz NPG)

Annual report 2013


The year brings big changes and challenges for the board, the commissions, delegates, treasurer and secretariat.

In the summer, IFCoS in Lugano, Istituto di Formazione per la Comunicazione Specialistica and Webster University in Geneva are integrated into SGfB. Thus, 20 collective members offer 20 of the 22 counselling trainings recognized by the SGfB. The SGfB website is enlarged with versions in Italian and in English.

In September, the Federal Office of Vocational Training and Technology, BBT (Now State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI) approves the examination regulations for the Advanced Federal PET Diploma in Counselling. An objection was made, but was not accepted by the BBT.
SGfB joins EAC, the European Association for Counselling.

By the end of the year, SGfB has 225 active members and 47 members in training.


In view of further professionalization, the member categories are restructured. Member institutions become collective members and members with a legal title become active members with voting rights. There are two new categories: members in training and passive members.

By the end of the year, SGfB has 132 active members. They receive the new SGfB logo in the Christmas mail.

Thanks to the great commitment of the board, the commissions and the collective members, SGfB’s position as a professional association in view of the Advanced Federal PET Diploma is visibly strengthened.


SGfB provides its member counsellors with a legal title with graphics for their personal advertising purposes in SGfB corporate design. The admission by dossier procedure for obtaining the professional title is introduced.

A BBT working party is set up. Examination regulations and guidelines for the specialist certificate and the Advanced Federal PET Diploma are developed.

BSO, the professional association for coaching, supervision and organizational consultancy, SCA and SKA terminate collaboration with SGfB in the umbrella organization with regard to common examination regulations and SGfB will carry through the Advanced Federal PET Diploma in its counselling format “psychosocial counselling” on its own.


A collective professional liability insurance is offered to SGfB members and the internet register of registered counsellors is created. The first draft of a project for the Specialist Certificate is presented to the BBT. One of the challenges is the definition of the various counselling formats. The need for creating more public acceptance for the psychosocial counselling format becomes evident.

By the end of the year, there are 17 member institutions and associations and 83 counsellors with a professional title.


New qualification opportunities for counsellors should be created within professional education at the federal level. The ultimate aim is the Advanced Federal PET Diploma.

Within the umbrella organization of the project, four associations work together:
BSO, the professional association for coaching, supervision and organizational consultancy
SKO, Swiss Managers SMO
SCA, Swiss Coaching Association
SGFB, Swiss Association for Counselling

A flyer is designed and a publicity campaign is started. The number of SGfB members with a professional title doubles and amounts to 44 members by the end of the year.


Five more institutions become SGfB members, the specialist title SGfB counsellor is trademark protected and regulations for the various commissions are adopted. A secretarial post is created and the web-side is made available in the French language, too.


SGfB constitutes itself on 2. May during its foundation assembly in Zürich. The founding members represent psychologically oriented approaches to counselling, individual counselling, couple and family counselling as well as counselling of groups, institutions and organizations.

The founding members are the following 11 institutions:

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Individualpsychologie nach Alfred Adler, SGIPA Schweizerischer Verein für Integrative Körperpsychotherapie, IBP
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Personzentrierte Psychotherapie und Beratung, SGGT
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Systemische Therapie und Beratung, SGS
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Transaktionsanalyse, SGTA
Verband für Systemische Paar- und Familienberatung und -therapie, VEF Frauenseminar Bodensee, FSB
Institut für Körperzentrierte Psychotherapie, IKP
Weiterbildungsinstitut für lösungsorientierte Beratung, wilob
Zentrum für Form und Wandlung, Organismisch-integrative Psychotherapie, OIP
Zentrum für Psychosynthese und Ganzheitliches Heilen, aeon

Hedi Bretscher assumes the presidency as well as the secretariat and the general management.

Admission procedures for SGfB membership, application forms for obtaining the SGfB specialist title, regulations for the commissions and many other things are drawn up. Contacts with BSO, the professional association for coaching, supervision and organizational consultancy, EAC, European Association for Counselling and DGfB, the German Association for Counseling are established.