In this issue
To cooperatively support excellence in competency-based counselling.
To create a community of registered and regulated counsellors who, working together, will support each other to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the professional development of competent counsellors, advancing the practice of competency-based counselling and nourishing respect for human dignity and diversity. 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 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.
COUNSELLOR EDUCATION AND DIRECT CONTACT HOURS UPDATE
AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2020, APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET THE FOLLOWING EDUCATIONAL AND DCC CRITERIA IN ORDER TO BE APPROVED BY ACCT:
Applicants must hold a certificate or diploma that includes a minimum of 500 education hours or hold a bachelor's degree, postgraduate certificate, master’s degree or Ph.D. in counselling or a related field from a registered or accredited school.
A qualifying program must cover training in a minimum of six of the eight topic areas listed below and must include the first three bolded areas. Any outstanding topic areas (a maximum of two) that were not covered within the program can be fulfilled as stand-alone courses. A stand-alone course must be a minimum of 30 hours of classroom education from a recognized registered or accredited private training institution or college/university.
- Basic Counselling Skills including Clinical Assessment
- Counselling Ethics and Ethical Practice including Effective Use of Self
- Models of Therapy
- Individual, Couples, Family and Group Counselling Methods
- Trauma and Abuse
- Diversity and Cultural Awareness
- Human Development including Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology and DSM
RTC - Candidate/AC -Candidates have attained a minimum of 100 direct client contact hours (see definition Definition of Direct Client Contact) and 20 clinical supervision hours which may include practicum experience, and/or paid or unpaid work experience in a counselling related capacity conducted within the last five years.
RTC/ACs have attained a minimum of 200 direct client contact hours (see definition Definition of Direct Client Contact) and 40 clinical supervision hours which may include practicum experience, and/or paid or unpaid work experience in a counselling related capacity conducted within the last five years.
Many of the programs we see on applications generally do meet these criteria and we have communicated the new criteria with the schools we see most often.
If you have any questions please email [email protected]
ACCT Virtual AGM:
We want to keep our community thriving, and we will continue to provide guidance and resources for you in this uncertain time. Join us for the ACCT Virtual AGM on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 9:00 am. After the business meeting, you’ll be able to network with your peers and business associates effectively in our virtual environment by joining our Coffee Chat.
Don't forget those in attendance at the meeting will be entered into a draw for a $200.00 gift card. We'll also be giving away two more prizes of $50.00 gift cards during the meeting.
We encourage you to reserve your space today and join us for a morning of learning, exploration, camaraderie and celebration, as we continue to grow cooperatively and support excellence in competency-based counselling.
There is no charge for this meeting but it is important that you register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Follow the link to sign up now:
ACCT BOARD POSITIONS
We have been asked what positions will be available on the ACCT Board of Directors this year.
Each year the Board of Directors appoints four officers at the first meeting following the AGM:
The position of president is best suited to an existing board member with experience on the ACCT board. It is possible that two or more offices can be held by the same individual.
At the strategic planning meeting in June, five Organizational Priorities were identified. Board members will be assigned to these roles based on their experience and knowledge in these areas:
- Board Restructure and Governance
- Value to Membership
- Public Relations Marketing and Advocacy
- Management and Staff Capacity
We encourage those thinking about running to email their nomination ahead of time so members will have a chance to see your bio and your name can be included on the ballot. The nomination form can be downloaded to your computer here. Nominations should be received by September 30, 2020.
A Year in Review
“Time is a wise counsellor,“ stated Pericles, a prominent Greek statesman whose influence was felt during Athen’s golden age in the fifth century. Goodness, how time has indeed flown by. As I prepare my last words to the membership as president, I see how much our board has faced, since I committed to the presidency for one year.
The board, its members and the world experienced hiccups and life-changing events in this last year. The board had just begun to continue its direction for this next year when COVID hit the world suddenly and with stark urgency. Its impact took the planet by surprise and changed how many of us counsel. In addition, challenges surfaced and continued with AON insurance premiums that resulted in passionate outcries on the member-only Facebook private page.
Despite the challenges that so many of us faced, these can also bring growth, as we know so well in the therapeutic world. ACCT has some exemplary examples of our progress over the year. These include:
Ongoing: Under the alert eyes of director Michael McLaughlin, all directors now have job descriptions and Michael has been crafting governance policies and procedures that will serve ACCT well.
Ongoing: Director Mia Logie consistently produced professional development workshops that saw high attendance with even higher value for new and practicing counsellors.
Ongoing: Coordinator of Membership and Administration Shannon Watson kept all balls rolling and worked tirelessly to keep members and directors informed on all pertinent elements for ACCT. Her insight and efficiency have helped to shape ACCT as a better organization.
March: Ongoing meetings with AON resulted in the waiving of online-remote therapy endorsements that had been in effect since September 2019.
April: Registrar Mike Stephan submitted his resignation. Accolades to Mike for staying onboard to complete membership and other business in process, as well as to train the new registrar, who was hired August 15.
June: Communications Director Laura Terlizzi announced her resignation. Laura had become a trusted advisor and friend to me while on the board, bringing forward excellent suggestions in our multiple heart-to-heart private discussions.
June: PEI member Michelle Roach was invited to replace Laura. Michelle’s continuing discussions with PEICA on regulation and masters-level requirements were impressive, making her an excellent choice for ACCT’s board.
June: We held our first mid-term strategic planning session facilitated by Kylie Hutchinson, whose approach opened eyes and took our planning to a new level.
June: Vice-president Julie Sweeney announced that she was most interested in taking over the presidency for 2020-21. I privately did a wee celebratory dance, as Julie’s smarts, leadership and wisdom will fit ACCT’s co-operative model in a seamless and proactive way.
July: One of the outcomes of the strategic planning session was to move ACCT to the next level in addressing membership needs, which resulted in appointing Operations Manager Sarah Hughes to Executive Director.
July: ACCT hired Denise Cunningham as the new registrar. Denise is known for her competency, outstanding skills and excellence in counselling, as well as her role with Clearmind International as the Director of PRAC Administration.
August: Thanks to the work of Mike Stephan, Sarah Hughes and Shannon Watson, ACCT secured a second insurance firm, EasyCover. Members now have more choice in determining insurance packages that best support our counselling needs. In addition, AON’s premiums were adjusted to include American-based clients for its out-of-country fees.
October: Our upcoming AGM will be our first all-member event online, which may encourage more members across Canada to be present.
Just as in therapy, where skilled therapists can guide clients to big breakthroughs in the midst of emotional and spiritual collisions, your board of directors was able to collaborate, communicate and connect at a higher level through a commitment to the cause of therapy and to what ACCT stands for.
The AGM this year is an important place for you to speak up. Your voice counts and the board wants to hear your thoughts. If you want to do more, consider running for a spot as an ACCT director, follow the link to fill out a nomination form: Call for Nominations
I now resign from the presidency with grace, knowing that the board’s collective vision will benefit our members across Canada. Thanks to the board, for your patience, heart and commitment. And a great thank-you to the membership, for your suggestions, concerns, possibilities and belief in a better world.
My gratitude is great for this world we now live in. I leave you with a quote that has shaped my life:
“Do the best you can until you know better. And when you know better, do better.”......Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
With a warm heart,
Ange Frymire RTC MBA
Glen Grigg, Chair, and Madeleine Lelievre, Vice-Chair of FACTBC have requested we share the following memo with our members.
Are you keeping track of your Direct Client Contact hours and Currency Hours? As we move ever closer to the regulation of counselling and psychotherapy across Canada it is vitally important that you do. As an example to be ported into the Alberta college a counsellor must have:
- At least 450 hours of direct client contact (over entire career), and
- At least 750 currency hours in the three years prior to application.
A form for tracking your hours can be downloaded from this here - Yearly Direct Client Contact and Currency Hours Log
Direct Client Contact hours (DCC):
Any activity in which the client and the therapist are directly and formally engaged in the psychotherapeutic process. Ordinarily, this process occurs face-to-face, but other forms of direct contact, for example, using the telephone, Skype, video-link, or even email (with appropriate considerations for privacy and confidentiality) are relevant. The client may be an individual, couple, family or group.
Also included in DCC:
- interviewing for intake, as long as this activity is clinical in nature and then used to determine the nature and course of the therapy;
- interviewing, administering a test or conducting a formal assessment as part of clinical interaction with the client; and
facilitating or actively co-facilitating therapeutic sessions.
Note: A standard 45 or 50-minute session qualifies as one hour of DCC. A 90-minute session would be considered 1.5 DCC hours.
As per the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, currency hours include a broad range of professional activities related to the practice of psychotherapy, such as:
- direct client work;
- record-keeping and preparation in relation to direct client work;
- professional development in psychotherapy;
- providing or receiving clinical or other forms of supervision
- conducting research or writing in the field of psychotherapy;
- other professional activities that impact the practice of psychotherapy.