The Academy for Health Counseling, a Specified Nonprofit Organization

SAT Behavioral Counselors

Competence Requirements

Be able to assist clients solve their own problems through behavioral modification by promoting awareness, healing and relearning of their hidden emotions.

Certification, Registration and Renewal Procedure

AHC Qualification Screening Board for non-Japanese. Revised in January, 2009

Documents required for certification and registration

  1. Copies of certificates indicating completion of Basic, Advance, SOM and POM seminars
  2. Copy of a certificate indicating successful passage of the "SAT counselor" examination
  3. Qualification screening fee (including tape screening) (5,000 yen)
  4. Submit application form for certification and registration (after the tape screening, you will receive an application form from the AHC secretariat)
    Pre-screening is also available for 3,000 yen.
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  5. Payment of certification registration fee (5,000 yen)

1.` 5. After you submit the documents
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Procedure for certification renewal
(qualified persons will be notified of their due date for renewal)

  1. Submit a copy of any record you have indicating that you been active as a registered SAT behavioral counselor of AHC.
  2. Application form for certification renewal (which will be sent to you from the AHC secretariat).
  3. Certification renewal fee (2,000 yen)
    * If you take the following refresher course (for a 10,000 yen fee).
    Go to the AHC website and get the course schedule. Refresher courses are held in various parts of the country. Check the Advance or POM master schedule and take part in the course of your choice.

1.`3. After you submit the documents
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Counseling Sheets for Registered SAT Behavioral Counselors of AHC


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Guidelines for Screening Registered SAT Behavioral Counselors of AHC

PDAcceptability criteria for SAT target behavior support counseling based on the method of articulating feelings and the self-imaging method are:

  1. Is the counseling proceeding smoothly and is the mastery of technique demonstrated?
  2. After applying the method of clarifying feelings, did the stress level decrease 20% from what it was prior to the intervention?
  3. Is the target behavior set at the actual confidence level of 80% or higher?
  4. Is the self-imaging method applied in such a way that, as a general rule (complicated problems are excluded), the stress level is decreased to 30% or lower?
    If the stress level does not decrease to 30% or lower, ask your client what has to be solved to achieve that target stress level, and have him/her indicate what comes to his/her mind in a flash, and then set that as the behavior to be targeted.
  5. In the taped record, is the person playing the part of the client speaking in a "voice full of life" that exudes assurance and self-confidence?
  6. In the self-imaging method, judge the success or failure of counseling on the basis of whether the words of empathetic encouragement uttered by the person playing the part of the counselor exudes enough empathy to "touch the judge's heart."

QDAcceptability criteria for SAT behavior modification counseling are:

  1. Is the counseling proceeding smoothly and is the mastery of technique demonstrated?
  2. Is there consistency between the emotions that prevent the client from realizing his/her behavior modification target, on the on hand, and the inner voice and the context of the key situation, on the other?
  3. Are the questions in the traumatic scene association method empathetic to the client, and do they help the client make associations more easily?
  4. Are the following points confirmed in applying the four scenes for converting traumatic images: (for tutelary avoidance) Is the subjunctive mood of temporal retroaction adopted, and is the person engaged in problem avoidance someone other than the client himself/herself? ; (for prevention avoidance ) Is the subjunctive mood of temporal retroaction adopted, and is the person engaged in problem avoidance the client himself/herself); (for healing) Starting with the realistic memory of the past, is the healing being administered by someone other than the client himself/herself); and (for relearning) Starting with the realistic memory of the past, is the person engaged in problem resolution the client himself/herself and does the resolution satisfy both the desire to trust the self and the desire for benevolent affections?
  5. Is the target behavior set at an actual confidence level of 80$ or higher?
  6. Are the things the client became aware of when the countercurrent explanation method was applied and the details of what he/she relearned the things that he/she is able to understand realistically and rationally for solving his/her current problems?
  7. In the taped record, is the person playing the part of the client speaking in a "voice full of life" that exudes assurance and self-confidence?
  8. Judge the success of counseling on the basis of whether the words of empathetic encouragement uttered by the person playing the part of the counselor exude enough empathy to "touch the judge's heart."
  9. Strive to make sure the stress level remains 30% or lower. If the stress level cannot be reduced to 30% or lower, ask your client what has to be solved to achieve that target stress level, and have him/her indicate what comes to his/her mind in a flash, and then set that as the behavior to be targeted.

@@[AHC Qualification Screening Board. Revised in April, 2009]