In 1999 a group of counsellors started discussing the possibility of forming an association for counsellors. The number of qualified counsellors had increased over the years and the need was there for all to see. The first general meeting took place at the University of Malta in January 2002 where the statute was presented. The first executive council was elected and Micheline Sciberras was chosen as the first president of the association.
Their main objective was to set up a professional body to represent the profession of counselling and to safeguard professional standards.
The most important endeavour for MACP was to regulate the profession which became a reality on 24th February 2015 with the 3rd Reading of the Counselling Bill and with its enactment on 3rd March 2015. This involves establishing standards of practice to include supervision and CPD hours in order for counselling professionals to receive an annual warrant; also to set up an independent Complaints Board.
None of this would be possible without the concerted effort of the whole team of the several Executive Councils.