Coronavirus has changed the landscape. We face new challenges in the method of shepherding, counselling and administering God's Word and serving the spiritual and physical needs of the flock. Pastoral counsellors must now live in the calling and make themselves available to serve those in need. See the special edition of CPSC Notes with contributions on dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty it creates.



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.


The application to SAQA for professionalisation has succeeded!

The application to SAQA for professionalisation has succeeded! The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work

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Upcoming Events

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

The annual CPSC conference has passed, but stay tuned for more announcements!

Have a look at the CPD events.


Radio Pulpit
Global Care Centres
International Council on Pastoral Care and Counselling
Vista Clinic


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