ASTA is a thriving and progressive organisation which has standards of excellence and quality of service as its very cornerstone.
The Association has an ongoing commitment to professional self-development, and all members are required to continually update and refine their clinical skills through the aid of meetings, seminars, discussion groups, workshops and appropriate training programs.
● Preliminary Criteria for All Levels of Membership
For a person to be eligible for membership, s/he must:
● Provide detailed information about his/her training, previous work history and background, and sign the ASTA Code of Ethics.
● Sit for a membership eligibility interview with an ASTA interview panel.
● Affiliate Membership
To be ratified as an Affiliate member, the applicant must:
● Currently be enrolled in either of the following ASTA accredited schools:
● Associate Membership
To upgrade to Associate member status, an applicant must:
● Participate in the CFP program. [See details on the About Research page]
● Have completed the appropriate module of an ASTA accredited school.
An Associate member may advertise externally as a "P.S.H. Therapist", but not as a "Registered P.S.H. therapist" until Full membership is attained.
● Full Membership
To upgrade to Full membership status, an applicant must:
● Complete the requisite number of client sessions (hours) and written requirements.
● Have been aligned with an approved mentor and worked under supervision for a period of no less than 12 months.
● Have successfully graduated from an ASTA accredited training program.
Only a Full member of ASTA is a "Registered P.S.H. Therapist" and can use the acronym "MASTA" after his/her name. Full members receive a Certificate of Membership which is issued every year and should be displayed to clients as proof of their membership status.
● Ongoing Registration as a Full Member
● Registration occurs on an annual basis.
● To maintain Full membership status, a therapist must participate in our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program.
● Other Membership Criteria
ASTA will accept P.S.H. therapists who have completed their training elsewhere, provided they meet all membership criteria and can demonstrate a sound understanding and working knowledge of current P.S.H. principles, protocol and clinical practice.
Membership will be considered on a case by case basis and enquiries should be directed to the Membership Officer.