A Brief Introduction to the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT)

The International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) is a premier association for holistic practitioners and it provides a forum where members may exchange ideas, information, techniques and methodologies. Establishing itself apart from the rest as a multidiscipline association, IACT membership includes medical practitioners, psychologists, clinical social workers, hypnotherapists, nutritionists, dieticians, special needs educational therapists, literacy therapists/specialists, mental health workers, counsellors, allied educators and others in the helping, healing arts. The vision of IACT is to light the path of unity by providing a place where practitioners can come together under one umbrella to explore, indulge and renew their passion for diverse holistic physical and mental health care discipline.

IACT-approved specialty programs:

  • SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATIONAL THERAPY (SNEdT)

This IACT-approved professional development (PD) program aims to equip special educators (i.e., special school teachers and allied educators) and also prepares those who are interested in becoming credentialized special needs educational therapists in their professional career development. It consists of five intensive modules (30 hours per module) offered in the series of 25 professional development workshops. Each workshop lasts 6 hours (or 1 full day). They are:

  1. Learning & Teaching in Special Needs (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  2. Lifespan Development and Anomalies (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  3. Learning Difficulties, Disabilities and Disorders (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  4. Psycho-educational Diagnostic Evaluation and Profiling (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  5. Intervention in Special Needs (five 6-hour PD workshops)

READING (LITERACY) THERAPY (RdgT)

This IACT-approved professional development (PD) program aims to equip mainstream or special school teachers, allied educators and reading specialists to be trained in becoming a clinical reading therapist (or literacy therapists) working with individuals with literacy difficulties. It targets at those keen to become credentialized reading therapists in their professional career development. It consists of five intensive modules

(30 hours per module) offered in the series of 25 professional development workshops. Each workshop lasts 6 hours (or 1 full day). They are:

  1. Literacy as Process and Product (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  2. Literacy and Language Difficulties, Disabilities and Disorders (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  3. Screening and Assessment for Literacy and Language Difficulties, Disabilities and Disorders (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  4. Language and Literacy Diagnostic Assessment, Evaluation and Profiling (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  5. Intervention in Language and Literacy Skills (five 6-hour PD workshops)

ARTS AS DIALOGGIC-DIAGNOSTIC THERAPY (ADDT)

This IACT-approved professional development (PD) program aims to equip special educators (i.e., special school teachers and allied educators), community/social/youth workers and counsellors and prepares those who are interested in becoming credentialized therapists in using arts as dialogic-diagnostic therapy in their current job. It consists of five intensive modules (30 hours per module) offered in the series of 25 professional development workshops. Each workshop lasts 6 hours (or 1 full day). They are:

  1. Arts (Drawing/Painting) as the Creative Mode of Communication (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  2. Types of Arts as Dialogic-Diagnostic Tools: Part 1 (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  3. Types of Arts as Dialogic-Diagnostic Tools: Part 2 (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  4. Arts (Drawing/Painting) for Socio-Emotional Behavioral Challenges (five 6-hour PD workshops)

  5. Advanced Projective Intervention through Arts as Dialogic-Diagnostic Therapy (five 6-hour PD workshops)

IACT Professional Credentialization/Membership Eligibility

Admission requirements for the IACT-approved PD program:

  1. Either 5 GCE O-Level (or equivalent) passes with a pass in English Language and also a pass in Mathematics; or

  2. 2 GCE A-Level (or equivalent) passes with a pass in General Paper and also a pass in Mathematics; and

  3. One of the following:

    1. A recognized diploma in any field (preferably in humanities and social sciences) or

    2. A diploma in the field of education or

    3. A recognized bachelor’s degree in the relevant field (i.e., counseling, education, psychology or community/social/youth work)

In addition, to eligible for the IACT professional credentialization/membership in becoming an IACT-credentialized therapist, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Completion of the PD workshops in the 5 IACT-approved theme-based topics (each consists four 6-hour workshops) in the specialty program

  • Fulfilled 180 supervised practicum hours

  • Submission and passing written assignments

  • Presentation at the Case Study Symposium

  • Duration of maximum 2 years to complete/acquire all of the above

PART 4: Supervised Clinical Practicum Criteria

Clinical practicum can be done at one of the following appropriate centres: special school, learning clinic, early intervention/counselling centre – not limited to just these three centres. A total number of 180 hours have to be clocked in and be authenticated by the IACT-credenitalized supervisor in the relevant fields. Participants who are already working in such workplaces are exempted from the supervised clinical practicum provided they can produce documentary evidence (e.g., letter of appointment) to support their claims.

PART 5: Written Assignment/Case Study Symposium

Each module consists of five interrelated PD workshops. At the end of the fifth workshop for each module, participants keen to pursue the IACT-approved therapist credentialization/membership will have to complete a written assignment, whose focus is on theory-practice nexus, on a given case study. This case study will be built on and developed further along the way through the five modules of 25 PD workshops. By the end of the last module-based PD workshop, participants should have built up their given case study thoroughly to be presented at the Case Study Symposium, where they have a chance to listen to others who will also be presenting their cases.

DISCLAIMER: Each of the 25 module-based PD workshops lasts 6 hours. A written assignment at the end of each module is optional but compulsory for those who are fulfilling the 30 CEU requirements to remain in good standing as an IACT member or who want to qualify for the IACT professional credentialization/membership to become an IACT-credentialized therapist. They will have to present their case studies at the Case Study Symposium – the climax of professional development when everyone has a chance to share and exchange ideas on how they can go about working with individuals with varied needs.