ACCT Christmas 2020 Print

HOLIDAY EDITION

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hello ACCT Members,

I am so excited to be writing this as your Board President. After being on the board for four years, transitioning to this position has been one I have given a lot of thought and consideration to. I look forward to what is to come over the next year as we are all experiencing challenging times. As I work with the new board and get up to speed on the duties required from me, I also look forward to assisting members to feel supported. I am so grateful for our three amazing staff members who are keeping us in line with so many inquiries and membership developments. There is a lot to do for each of them and I know that they are working hard to manage everything.

Moving forward into the holiday season with changing restrictions across the country, I hope that each of us will find some peace and calm in the chaos that has been 2020. Our staff will be taking some much needed holidays as will many of our board members. When we are back in the new year, we will be hitting the ground running yet again!  This coming year we will be focusing on the following organizational priorities: Board Restructure & Governance, Value to Membership, Public Relations, Marketing & Advocacy, Regulation & Services, and Management & Staff Capacity.  If you are interested in volunteering with us, please do not hesitate to reach out as we all know that this organization runs best with volunteers who are ready to do great things with us! 

From my family to yours, may your holiday season be filled with love and compassion. 

Julie Sweeney

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ACCT OFFICE HOURS

The ACCT office will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 24, 2020, to Monday, January 4, 2021, to give our staff a much-needed break after a very challenging year.  However, the [email protected] email and the 1-844-269-ACCT voicemail will be checked periodically.  Please email or call and leave a message if you have an urgent matter that requires our attention.

Sarah, Shannon, and Denise hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to working with you in 2021.

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YOUR MEMBERSHIP WITH ACCT

We're here to help you!

Do you know how to reach us?  If you have a question about your membership with ACCT our website is a great resource and the quickest and easiest place to check first.  Here are some links to popular pages:

 

If you don't find what you are looking for you can send an email to [email protected] and our competent staff will be able to assist you.

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2020 - 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES

The first meeting of the 2020 - 2021 ACCT Board of Directors.

  • Top Left:  Sarah Hughes - Ex.  Officio Board Member - Executive Director & Secretary.
  • Top Middle:  Julie Sweeney - President & Co. Champion for Staff and Management Capacity.
  • Top Right: Unnati Jhaveri - Board Member & Champion for Value for Membership.
  • Middle Left:  Blair McInnis - Board Member & Co. Champion for Regulation & Services.
  • Middle: Denise Cunningham - Registrar.
  • Middle Right:  Keth Norris - Treasurer & Co. Champion for Staff & Management Capacity
  • Bottom Left:  Michael McLaughlin - Board Member & Champion for Board Restructure & Governance.
  • Bottom Middle:  Joanie Tara - Board Member & Co. Champion for Regulation & Services.
  • Bottom Right:  Jeremy Williams - Vice-President & Champion for 

    Public Relations, Marketing & Advocacy.

  • Absent:  Ange Frymire - Ex. Officio Board member & Past-President

 

Joanie Tara & Michael McLaughlin will continue to represent ACCT at the FACT BC table.

Committee Team Leaders:

  • Professional Development Committee- Mia Logie
  • Regulation Committee - Joanie Tara
  • Mentorship Committee - Kerry Vega
  • Ethics Committee - OPEN
  • AGM Committee - Sarah Lipsett
  • Membership Committee - Shannon Watson

 

There are many volunteer opportunities available with ACCT, please go to the Volunteer Opportunities page on the website to find out more. 

To apply to become a volunteer please CLICK HERE to complete our Volunteer Application. We look forward to receiving your application(s).

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ACCT PEER COMMUNITY SERIES

The ACCT Peer Community Series is about strengthening our professional network. We bring on experienced counsellors in our community to speak on a panel about something that is relevant to how they run their practice. They may have a particular skill, training, or interest on the topic to facilitate a discussion relevant to us all. They are not experts per se, as much as voices of competence that are willing to have a meaningful conversation. This is about the community coming together and learning from each other. 

Attendance at the Peer Community sessions count as Professional Development hours and can be reported as Peer Mentoring, those viewing the video can report the hours as self-directed learning.   

The opinions and views presented in the Peer Community Series are not representative of ACCT. The sessions may highlight areas that you want or need to learn more about. If you have concerns or want clarification about any of the material discussed in these sessions, please speak with your supervisor.  

The second webinar of the series Integration of Anti-Racist Practices as a White Counsellor was broadcast on Monday, November 2, 2020.   Information and a recording of the webinar can be found in the Member Area under the ACCT Peer Community Series tab.

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REGULATION UPDATE

BC - the target date for FACTBC to submit an application to have counselling therapy designated as a regulated health profession under BC’s Health Professions Act is December 7, 2020. In an email, BC members were asked to prepare for this by drafting a letter to their MLAs and have the letter ready to go once they get the go-ahead from FACTBC.

AB – Alberta Health has not started its consultation but they advised that regulation is still set to be reviewed by Cabinet this fall 2020.

SK - launched an advocacy campaign with the provincial government, however, activities were suspended due to the provincial election on November 9.

BC - the target date for FACTBC to submit an application to have counselling therapy designated as a regulated health profession under BC’s Health Professions Act is December 7, 2020. In an email, BC members were asked to prepare for this by drafting a letter to their MLAs and have the letter ready to go once they get the go-ahead from FACTBC.

AB – Alberta Health has not started its consultation but they advised that regulation is still set to be reviewed by Cabinet this fall 2020.

SK - launched an advocacy campaign with the provincial government, however, activities were suspended due to the provincial election on November 9.

MB – regulatory activities are starting to move quickly.

ON – REGULATED - Type of Regulation –Title Protection & Activity Protection

QC – REGULATED - Type of Regulation – Title Protection & Activity Protection

NB - REGULATED - Type of Regulation – Title Protection.

NS - REGULATED - Type of Regulation – Title Protection

PEI – looking at forming the college in Q2 of 2021. ACCT member Michelle Roach is on the Executive Team for PEICA.

NL - discussions are currently ongoing with the Ministry of Health regarding the application.

Territories - no movement towards a college.

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WORDS OF WISDOM

 

 

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ACCT PHILOSOPHY

MISSION STATEMENT:
To cooperatively support excellence in competency-based counselling.

VISION STATEMENT:
We are a community of registered and regulated therapeutic counsellors who, working together, support each other to enhance the quality of life in society by nourishing respect for human dignity and diversity, advancing the practice of competency-based counselling and promoting deliberate practice and the continuous competency development of counsellors. We recognize the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT) as the premier community of counselling professionals. ACCT is synonymous with excellence in counselling.

ACCT VALUES:

  • We believe, as our name implies, in moving and working within an atmosphere of collaboration and respect for diversity in both thought and expression.
  • We believe in working internally and with other organizations and government in the spirit of responsiveness and teamwork.
  • We believe in a cooperative model, based on equality and sharing.
  • We believe in competency-based criteria for counselling regulation.
  • We believe the combination of knowledge, experience, skill and compassion are keys to the counselling process.
  • We believe that the competency-based model recognizes real-life experience and enriches the standard of counselling.
  • We believe in life-long learning and professional development.
  • We believe in transparency and financial accountability to our members.

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