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The Federal Council decides to introduce subject-oriented financing
From January 2018, graduates of courses preparing for a federal examination will receive direct financial support from the Confederation. On 15 September 2017, the Federal Council adopted the necessary amendment to the Vocational Training Ordinance and the corresponding enactment.
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Would you like to become a member of the Swiss Association for Counselling SGfB?

The specialist title „SGfB counsellor“ proofs of a solid recognized training, experience in the field of psychosocial counselling, a continuous further training and an ethically based professional practice.
This specialist title is a quality certificate in addition to the counselling training qualification. All members with the protected title „SGfB counsellor“ will be mentioned in the public register of SGfB counsellors.
As Individual Member SGfB you benefit from preferential access to the Swiss Federal Diploma in Psychosocial Counselling exam – and much more!

Parliament adopts the Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act

In December 2016, the Parliament has approved the Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act concerning the subject-based funding of preparatory courses for federal PET exams.
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Advanced Federal Diploma

The Swiss Association for Counselling SGfB has been charged by the government with organising and conducting this federal professional examination in psychosocial studies. This professional title identifies its holder as qualified specialist in the field of psychosocial counselling. Since march 2014 these federal professional exams have been successfully conducted. 

SGfB takes part in the NQR project vocational training

On 1. October 2014, the regulations for the national qualification framework NQR for diplomas in vocational education and training came into force. These create the basis for the classification of all formal diplomas in vocational training in a single qualification framework (NQR) and for the development of, among other things, diploma supplements for Advanced Diploma Examinations. The classification of the Advanced Diploma Examination for Counselling will take place in the course of 2016. Diploma supplements (also with retroactive effect) can be issued as of 1.1.2017.

Further information about NQR and the classification process can be found at the website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI 

Specialist title „Counsellor SGfB“ - further training

Extension of the two-year period to three years for submitting evidence of further training to retain the specialist title and thus Individual Membership SGfB has been granted, valid with immediate effect.

Network Mental Health Switzerland [Netzwerk Psychische Gesundheit Schweiz] NPG

SGfB is a member of NPG, Network Mental Health Switzerland (Netzwerk Psychische Gesundheit Schweiz NPG/RPG Réseau Santé Psychique Suisse). This network on a national level supports exchange of information and knowledge transfer amongst mental health workers, aids accessibility of innovative approaches and promotes synergies.
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Further training for Individual Members SGfB
Organisational members SGfB as well as other organisations active in the training of psychosocial counselling offer numerous courses in further training.
Organisational members
A list with literature for individual members SGfB may be found here

International Association for Counselling IAC

IAC provides unique access to a community of counsellors, educators, and researchers with an interest of counselling around the world. IAC encourages the exchange of ideas, research findings and personal experience and is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of counselling and guidance.

The Vision about a world where counselling is available to all led to the first International Seminar on Counselling at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1966. It was the beginning of the International Round Tables for the Advancement of Counselling (IRTAC).

There are five round tables (International, Ethics, President’s, Student’s, Counselling Practitioners’) to which counsellors can belong to and work within. The success of the round table concept depends on participation and counsellors are invited to become members and to work within a round table according to one’s expertise of interest.

Please see information on the annual IAC Counselling Conference