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June 2019 Print

ACCT NEWS AND EVENTS

2019 AGM & CONFERENCE

Friday, October 4, 2019, and Saturday, October 5, 2019

The AGM & conference is open to all members and features professional development sessions, cultural experiences, and opportunities to connect with fellow members. The AGM includes the association's business meeting, providing attendees with an opportunity to learn more about all aspects of ACCT, the board of directors, teams and committees, and the projects that they oversee. Elections also take place at the AGM, which is open to all members interested in working in cooperation with the governing body in a leadership role.

Register today to be entered into the next early bird draw to win $100.00 off your registration fee.  The draw will take place on July 1, 2019, and will include those registered by June 30, 2019. 

Congratulations to the first early bird draw winner, Maryssa Dandurand.....Maryssa purchased her ticket prior to May 31, 2019, so was entered into the draw to win back her registration fee.  Be sure to congratulate Maryssa when you meet her in October!

Some items of note:

  • This year we have one fee - The Whole Shebang for $199.00 - includes the AGM, all PD sessions and speakers, dinner and entertainment on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Register prior to August 31, 2019, and you will pay the early bird rate of $149.00.  
  • There's no cost to attend the AGM and Regulation update on Saturday morning but please register by choosing the AGM Only option.
  • Attendance at all sessions will earn you nine PD hours.
  • There is a change of venue for the 2019 ACCT AGM and Conference! This year, it will be held at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre - Metro Vancouver. Located at: 405 North Road, Coquitlam, BC.  The hotel is conveniently located with easy access to Highway 1 and public transit.
  • This year our keynote speech will be given by author, inspirational speaker and domestic violence counsellor, Kamal Dhillon, who suffered over 12 years of torment at the hands of her husband. 
  • We have a conference website! Click the image below for more information and to register.

 

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ACCT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The ACCT Mentorship Program is free to ACCT members and is designed to empower newer members to receive the support they need to build and grow a private practice.

WHAT IS MENTORING?

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

TIPS FOR A GREAT MENTOR/MENTEE RELATIONSHIP

  1. Mentorships require time and energy
  2. The best mentors are the ones who can fill gaps in your skill set
  3. Listen to your mentor’s advice even if you don’t follow it
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  5. Be open to feedback

We need more mentors to match up with our mentees. In order to mentor, you must have over five years in private practice and be interested in volunteering as little as one hour a month, for a minimum of three months. If you are interested please complete the Mentor Application Form

If you are new to private practice and would like support and guidance in growing your practice, please complete the Mentee Application Form.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

"As a cooperative, ACCT is owned by the members. We encourage all members to offer a minimum of 20 hours volunteering with ACCT, over the lifetime of their membership."  (Volunteer Commitment from the ACCT Application forms). Maybe now is your time?

We are currently looking for the following positions to be filled:

Ethics Committee Members - Reporting to the Board of Directors the Ethics Committee reviews inquiries and complaints by following the ACCT Inquiry and Complaint Process to facilitate an amenable resolution. The position requires just a few hours a month depending on the volume of complaints.

School Liaison - This position requires you to be familiar with or learn the history, philosophy, mandate and values of ACCT so you can present to future counsellors in the counselling schools across Canada, in person and via webinar, and coordinate a small group of volunteers to assist with presentations to schools.

Volunteer Coordinator - This position actively recruits volunteers from within ACCT and the counselling schools, delivers orientation and training for volunteers and ensures agreement obligations are met by maintaining communication with them to keep them informed and engaged. The position also assists with the planning of the AGM which includes recruiting volunteers and coordinating volunteer duties on the day of the meeting.

For more information about these positions and others, or to apply to be a volunteer, please go to the Volunteer Opportunites page on the website.

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MEMBER MEET-UPS

Thank you to Julie Taylor for coordinating a Member Meet Up in the Abbotsford area on Friday, March 15, 2019.  Five ACCT members attended and, by the look of the smiles, fun was had by all!!

From left to right: Joy-Marie Jalbert, Michelle Edwards, Julie Taylor, Kathy Smith, and Robby Shearer

Summer is a great time to host a BBQ or to meet on a local patio.  Host a gathering of five or more members and ACCT will reimburse your food and drink costs up to $15 per person. Send the names of those attending and photos from your gatherings to qualify and be featured in a future newsletter. These can be emailed to [email protected].

Members are eligible for reimbursement only once per calendar year.

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REGULATION UPDATE

ACCT REGULATION COMMITTEE FORMED

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, a Regulation Committee has been formed.   The committee is chaired by our board member overseeing regulation, Sookyung Ahn. Additional committee members include Deborah Watson (AB), Milton Derry (SK), Aaron Solly (BC) and Laura Luz (formerly of ON).

The mandate of the committee is:

  • To assist ACCT members who are preparing for a college registration by sharing the information and experiences from the different provinces, and;
  • To determine how in the future ACCT will serve its members, once the colleges are in place and how will the regulatory changes change the long term operations of ACCT?

The committee met for the first time on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Key points discussed in that meeting are:

  • FACT BC is preparing for the final draft of the registration process of the college to be presented to the members, but the government does not seem to be in a hurry.
  • FACT-SK is in the process of applying to the Ministry of Health. The questions from the Ministry will be (or, are expected to be) answered in July. FACT-SK is following BC's lead on the draft of the registration process. Milton Derry to provide a full update (see below).
  • Ontario - CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) was proclaimed in 2015.  The CRPO looks at an applicant’s life experience as it is a competency-based model.   All applicants must pass the jurisprudence exam. Laura Luz will provide more details regarding her college application experience (see below).

FACT-SK Update

The process started in 2014 and in the fall of 2015, fourteen invitations were sent to stakeholders. On January 30, 2016.  A meeting with all associations interested in regulation was held via teleconference; of all associations interested in regulation, 11 organizations attended and agreed to work together.  

The Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists in Saskatchewan (FACT-SK) was formed, a steering committee was put into place and a website (www.fact-sk.org) was created. A draft application was developed and a face-to-face meeting of the steering committee was held on June 3, 2017, to further develop the application.

On July 8, 2018, FACT-SK applied to Partnerships and Workforce Planning, Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan requesting that the profession of counselling therapy be regulated. If approved, it was anticipated that the new college would be named the College of Counselling Therapists of Saskatchewan.

A reply to the application was received in September 2018 and stated that there is no rationale at this time to consider possible regulation of any of the occupations referenced in the document, either separately or as part of the FACT-SK umbrella. Their answer was based on the following:

  • Lack of evidence of potential harm to the public.
  • The relatively small size of practitioners within each occupation represented by FACT-SK.
  • The wide diversity of education, training, and services provided by each of the occupations under the FACT-SK umbrella.
  • Jurisdictional issues.
  • Lack of consultation with key stakeholders.

In December 2018, Barbara McCallum, CEO of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, was contacted by a student who had met with the Minister of Rural Health, Greg Ottenbreit to discuss regulation.  The minister requested documentation about the legislation that has been created in other provinces.

On March 19, 2019, FACT-SK board members, Sam Berg and Dr. Elisabeth Scheepers, had the opportunity to speak with Minister Ottenbreit. He indicated that he is willing to reconnect with the Ministry of Health about FACT-SK's application.

This application was re-submitted with the additional responses to the concerns expressed by the Ministry of Health. The steering committee now awaits a reply from the Senior Policy Advisor which is expected in July 2019.


Regulated Counselling / Psychotherapy – My personal experience.

By Laura Luz MA., RP., CFM

I was living in Ontario when the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario) began their application process for registering psychotherapists.  I had completed my counselling program about 2 years prior, and I had done short-term counselling through my mediation practice while working in a family crisis centre for five years prior to entering my counselling program. 

My background was varied and eclectic, and CRPO’s Competency Based Assessment allowed me to apply to be grandfathered in because of my prior years of face-to-face clients.

The application process to become a Registered Psychotherapist with the College includes 9 Steps:

  1. Completing the Online Self-Assessment tool: This is an indicator of how close you are to completing the requirements.  It also familiarizes you with the online process.

  2. Applicants create a user account on CRPO’s online member management system. This allows both the applicant and the College to have access to information that is downloaded, messages which are kept confidential, and any changes in personal data or self-improvement goals.

  3. Complete Professional Practice & Jurisprudence e-Learning Module. There are 16 chapters, with an online test after each module, where applicants must obtain a mark of 65 or higher. I remember there was one module which I had to repeat.  Some questions can be tricky.

  4. Submit an application for registration. This includes collecting and uploading all transcripts from one’s Education Curriculum.  Every program must have an evaluative component with supervision hours included.  Applicants must adhere to the details of the program and the number of intern and supervision hours.

  5. Application reviewed by staff (including possible follow-up). There will be some follow up with expectations to expand on the applicant’s current practice and past education (especially if the education varies from their accredited list of schools).

  6. Application approved by staff OR referred to the Registration Committee for review.  There is one staff person who is assigned to your application process.  This is a key person to ask clarifying questions and get feedback about the process.  My experience with my assigned case manager was that he was prompt with answers and very assuring.

  7. Approved applicants have a Certificate of Registration issued OR the application is refused by Registration Committee (applicant can appeal decision). Applicants who need further qualifying are given the designation of (RP Qualifying).  Newly graduating and qualifying applicants must now complete an Exam. 

  8. Qualifying members are permitted five years from the date the Certificate of Registration as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) is issued in which to complete the requirements for registration. In order to become eligible for transfer to full status as a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) within this time period, Qualifying members must: 1. Successfully pass the Registration Exam. 2. Complete a minimum of 450 hours of direct client contact (DCC). 3. Complete 100 hours of clinical supervision (at least 50 percent of these hours must be individual/dyadic clinical supervision). Once these requirements have been met, you may request to transfer from the Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) category of membership to the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) category.

  9. Once the qualifying pre-requisites are complete, a Certificate of Registration is issued, and the applicant obtains the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) designation.

I found the application process labour intensive.  Having said that, I also have found that the program they used to keep information accessible and organized was excellent.  Everything I submitted was on a page which I could access easily so as to apply for other designations with other organizing bodies such as ACCT.  So even though frontloading information was arduous, I have not regretted it since.

As a Registered Psychotherapist, there is a yearly expectation to keep your hours of practice current, as well as your Education Credits, current professional insurance info and Supervision Hours.

Every two years, an RP is expected to create new goals for self-improvement based on CRPO’s self-assessment tool.  This can be time consuming, so paying attention to make sure you have plenty of time to submit your goals and plans to achieve them before the submission date.  There is a financial penalty if submissions are late. The cost of yearly membership for registration has been around $650.00 per year.

There is also an expectation as an RP to participate in a random selection audit at any time.  This is where your goals are evaluated, and the therapist may be asked to submit things like clinical notes or letters from supervisors.

Once Registration occurs, you are placed on a list of Registered Psychotherapists, and potential clients can seek your name on the listing.  This ensures that a formal complaint process may occur if a client feels that there was unjust or unethical treatment from the Psychotherapist.  Additionally, CRPO keeps track that continual self-care, education and supervision is achieved by every Registered Psychotherapist.  It is protective of both the clients and the practitioners.

If you have any questions about my personal experience of the CRPO application process, please feel free to email me at laur[email protected]

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WORDS OF WISDOM

 

 

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