June 2017 Print



Building on the April Professional Development Session, the theme for this year's AGM and Conference is “Growing Your Counsellor’s Toolbox”

The meeting will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Executive Suites Hotel & Conference Centre Burnaby.

This one-day meeting will include professional development sessions centering on growing your skills as a counsellor, and opportunities to meet and connect with fellow members.

We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Trevor C. Warren – R.C.C, M.A., C.R.S. Trevor has earned the reputation of "Relationship Expert" in the field of couples counselling and sex therapy in Vancouver’s lower mainland and will also be facilitating a Professional Development session immediately following the AGM.

There was a great response from members to present at one of our concurrent Professional Development Sessions in the afternoon. Thank you to those who submitted proposals.  These sessions will run from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm and include:

  • Professional Development IIA - Understanding Your Ethically Non-Monogamous Client and How to Work Effectively With Them - Cherish Dorrington, MTC

  • Professional Development IIB - Introduction to Social/Emotional Programming for Youth/Adolescents, Supporting Families With Children Diagnosed With Developmental Disabilities, Learning Disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorder - Kate Brodie, MTC

There will be time for networking immediately following the Professional Development sessions followed by a formal closing by one of our founding members, Julie Taylor, MTC, RCS.

The cost is $100.00 per person which includes continental breakfast, AGM and elections, lunch, coffee breaks/snacks and professional development sessions. EARLY BIRD PRICE of $90.00 available until July 1, 2017, and no charge for AGM only but please make sure you register.

We encourage you to reserve your space today and join us for a day of learning, exploration, camaraderie, and celebration, as we continue to grow cooperatively and support excellence in competency-based counselling.

The ACCT Board of Directors will be on hand for a "Meet & Greet" on the evening of Friday, October 13, 2017.  We hope you will join them for a casual no-host dinner. More details will be available soon.

Hope to see you there!


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Part of our vision for ACCT is that The Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada is publicly recognized as the finest competency-based counselling association in Canada and ACCT is synonymous with excellence in counselling. 

We have worked toward accomplishing this goal by encouraging and providing professional development opportunities. We have encouraged ongoing supervision and as well have created a mentorship program. 

Our next initiative is to introduce and promote the adoption of deliberate practice in counselling. If ACCT counsellors are going to continue to be excellent counsellors, the ongoing growth and honing of skills is key. Having many years of experience is not particularly valuable if we have lived the same year over and over again. K. Anders Ericsson stated, "Once a professional reaches an acceptable skill level, more experience does not, by itself, lead to improvements". Interestingly, a 2016 study by Goldberg et al., looking at the outcomes of 170 therapists at a large university counselling centre discovered that the average therapist had a small but statistically significant decrease in effectiveness over time. 

If we want to move beyond competence to excellence, deliberate practice is essential. Direct client contact hours do not alone provide deliberate practice. Deliberate practice is designed to intentionally improve skills. It is focused and planned to help us get better at our counselling practice. 

There are four elements that promote the deep learning that leads to growth and excellence:

  1. A unique plan for growth (start with daily or weekly self-reflection to specifically identify what went well and what could use improvement)

  2. A supervisor, mentor or coach to assist in professional development

  3. Feedback from clients and supervisor

  4. Repetition and refinement (learn, practise and re-evaluate) 

Just as athletes and musicians need practice outside of their games or performances to help them perform at high levels, counsellors need deliberate practice outside of their counselling sessions to achieve or maintain excellence in counselling. Deliberate practice is not something that we do just to build competency so that we can coast through the rest of our career. Deliberate practice is something that should be ongoing and consistent. When we are consistently striving to be aware of areas we can improve and consciously working to improve in those areas, we will keep moving toward our goal of creating an association of excellent counsellors. 

Question to start each work day:

How can I bring more excellence to the services I am providing today?

Counsellor Self Evaluation Form

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We have had some positive communication recently from the two big 3rd party insurers, Great West Life (GWL) and Sunlife (SL)!

While we don't want to get your hopes up too high, just yet, we can confirm that GWL and SL are both reviewing ACCT and its members for inclusion in their offerings. 

GWL will include ACCT when they conduct their next regular review of potential service providers.  They did point out that the determining factor for coverage is the design of the plan contracted with the plan sponsor (your client's employer), so even if GWL does approve ACCT as a service provider, it would not guarantee ACCT be included for all benefit plans.  This is where you and your client can assist in approaching employers to advocate for including ACCT counsellors in their benefit plans. There may also be a time delay once ACCT counsellors are added to the list of accepted providers since ACCT counsellors would not be part of previously arranged benefits plans. 

SL requested a list of all members in good standing with ACCT to cross reference with their provider system. A list of registered members was sent to SL, along with the link to our Registered Members page, an unpublished page we share with insurance companies. We suggest if you have a client who has coverage under an SL plan to have them submit their claim.  Again, it may be the individual plans themselves that do not include coverage for the services of counsellors.

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Update from our Operations Manager - Sarah Hughes


Look how we've grown! It always amazes me when I look at our member numbers. 

I started working with ACCT in October 2014, we had 170 members, Shannon joined us in October 2015, we had 265 members, look at us now......416 members have joined ACCT! 

Thank you to all of our members for choosing ACCT and for helping us to grow and become the finest competency-based counselling association in Canada.

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College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick

Great news!  At the final reading of the Act, the protected title, Licensed Counselling Therapist, was given Royal Assent on May 5, 2017.  The College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick opened its doors on June 1, 2017.

For more information and to submit your application to the college please go to http://cctnb.ca/

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Are you an RTC/AC or RCS?  Did you know you may include supervision hours received above the required 10 hours as professional development hours? 

If you have done more than the required hours of supervision (10 hours for RTC, AC and RCS), you can count the remaining hours as professional development hours.  Please report ALL supervision hours on the Supervision-Annual Report and only the hours done above the required 10 hours on the Professional Development Form in the Member Area of the website.

MTCs, who are not required to be under supervision at this time, are encouraged to receive 10 hours of supervision per year throughout their professional career. These hours can be used for professional development hours and reported using the Professional Development Form and the Annual-Supervision Report in the Member Area of the website.

Professional development hours and supervision hours must be reported at the time of renewal to keep your membership with ACCT in good standing.  Until all requirements for renewal are met, you will not receive your current registration card.

If you have any questions please send an email to info@acctcounsellor.com.

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