Knowledge & Skill Development

Attain an internationally recognised qualification and qualify as a teacher, education manager, counselor, psychologist, social healthcare professional and educational therapist. Gain module exemptions from professional organisation’s membership examinations and  undergraduate degree.

About IACT

International Association of Counselors & Therapists (IACT) is a prestigious professional body based in the USA that admit members who have fulfilled the rigorous professional qualification programs and requirements to obtain practising licenses as counselors and therapists. Membership with IACT is a mark of high standard and excellence. Practising members are not only knowledgeable and bound by ethical standards, but are also highly respected as well. They are eligible to work in many countries such as North American, Asian and European countries etc. 

The three levels of IACT’s membership are Credentialed, Registered and Board Certified. A Board Certified member holds the highest status of the membership.

Only a person holding a diploma, degree, master degree or licentiate qualification in inclusive, psychology, special needs education will be eligible to take an IACT - approved program and complete the membership qualifying programs in the following strands before being admitted as a member:

(i) Reading Therapy, 

(ii) Educational Therapy,

(iii) Dialogic Diagnostic Arts Therapy,

(iv) Special Needs Community Practices

(v) Counseling

(vi) Psycho-educational Therapy

There are 15 program modules to be completed by a candidate. In other words, each level of membership (credentialed, registered and board certified) comes with 5 program modules. A candidate must complete 180 hours of supervised practicum per level and a final assessment for each module in one of the three options:-

(i) Oral defence of a case;

(ii) Written examination;

(iii) Submission of a paper to a peer-reviewed journal related to the professional strand. 

All assignments and work must be supervised and verified by a supervisor who is a  Board Certified member of IACT.


Various strand of membership programs have different entrance requirement. However, a maximum of 3 module exemptions will be awarded at Credentialed level membership program  to the holders of following courses offered by Merlion Academy conferred by the International Association of Therapists:

1. Professional Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education,

2. Executive Diploma in Psychoeducational Therapy

3. Executive Diploma in Diagnostic Projective Drawing and Therapy,

4. Executive Diploma in Adolescent Development, Assessment & Intervention (Youth Work) 

Between 2 or 3 modules could be exempted for bachelor's and master's degree qualifications depending on the curriculum content of the relevant modules if they meet the IACT modules requirement.



Merlion Academy specialises in IACT’s membership qualification training. Merlion Academy is the only academy in Asia authorised to mentor, supervise and verify candidates’ work seeking to gain admission as an IACT member.



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Sep 21, 2022 (AB Digital via COMTEX) — Merlion Academy, under Merlion APAC Group, is a leading training institute that focuses on providing holistic psychology and education therapy courses in order to encourage more interest and knowledge in the fields of psychology and neurodevelopmental practices […]