Identifying as an SCPA NSW Member using Post-Nominals

SCPA NSW members recognise School Counselling and School Psychology as a rewarding and satisfying profession. They are part of a community of practice that encourages active engagement, advances the interests of our profession through advocacy, professional learning and leadership opportunities and strives to continually improve psychological and counselling capacity in schools.

SCPA NSW members act in accordance with our core values of propriety, collaboration, openness and integrity. 

Our members are recognised by the following post-nominals:

Those who hold General Member grade:  MSCPA 

General Members are Psychologists and/or Counsellors who provide direct or indirect psychological services to students in NSW Public, Independent, Catholic Schools or school-related workplaces. In addition to subscribing to the objects of SCPA NSW, they also adhere to AHPRA guidelines for Psychologists (where registered).

Those who hold Associate Member grade: AssocMSCPA

Associate Members subscribe to the objects of SCPA NSW and contribute to the ongoing promotion of school counselling and school psychology in NSW.

Post-Nominal Guidelines for Members

For more information about conventions when using post-nominals in Australia, see here: https://www.stylemanual.gov.au/style-rules-and-conventions/titles-honours-forms-address

In summary, the rule is to write the highest honour/qualification first. The order is:

  • post-nominals for honours and awards (OAM, AM etc.)
  • Queen’s Counsel (QC) or Senior Counsel (SC) or Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • university degrees and diplomas (Arranged from highest to lowest, e.g. PhD, M#, GradDip#, B#)
  • membership of professional associations
  • membership of parliament

In using SCPA NSW post-nominals, members agree to act in accordance with our core values of propriety, collaboration, openness and integrity. When financial membership has lapsed, individuals are no longer approved to use MSCPA or AssocMSCPA. Ongoing unapproved use may attract further action.