The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP)


This site provides information to existing, as well as potential SAAP members.

SAAP aims to associate, affiliate and represent people who are interested in the study of, training in and responsible exercise of pastoral work in Southern Africa. 

SAAP draws its members from a wide range of disciplines and areas of application, varying from lay pastoral workers, counsellors, chaplains, pastors, ministers and specialist counsellors to private practitioners, family and marriage counsellors, trauma counsellors and mediators.

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The application to SAQA for professionalisation has succeeded!

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It with great joy and deep gratitude that we can report that the application to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for the professionalisation of Christian Religious Practitioners has been approved on 6 October 2017.

The result is that the Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP), which functioned from 30 May 1991 to 6 October 2017, is being transformed into the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC). CPSC is a specialist council of the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP), now recognised as a professional body.

In addition to CPSC, the Council for General Ministry Practitioners (CGMP) and Council for Ministry Training Practitioners (CMTP) function under the ACRP umbrella.
The lengthy approval process entailed an assessment of the ACRP application, a SAQA site visit to the ACRP head office in Pretoria, a submission to the SAQA Quality and Standards Committee and, finally, submission to the SAQA Executive Committee.

All existing SAAP members in good standing, who will now be called affiliates, will therefore be transferred to the new professional body and to our specialist pastoral counselling council..





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What is SAAP?

The need for pastoral work

South Africans suffer from spiritual wounds and stress. The causes are many - the lack of reconciliation, poverty, HIV/AIDS, unemployment, ongoing violence, crime and transformation in the workplace. Problems in the family, marriage and relationships are compounded by the issues such as debt and work-related stress.

An overwhelmed society needs trained caregivers to actively become part of the healing process.

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