December 2018 Print

"Seasons Greetings"

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It is at this time of the year, regardless of faith or belief system that we pause and reflect on what is of value to us. Brené Brown, in her book, Daring Greatly says "when we are all reduced down to our irreducible minimum, to our DNA level, all of us just want to love and belong". To me, this describes the focus of the work we do as therapists. We help people live more connected to themselves and others, to be a part of, to belong. None of us were made to live in isolation. Our shared humanity teaches us that we are more similar than different. That we all have the same basic hopes and dreams. The work that we do as counsellors furthers this vision. In a world that seems to be determined to focus on fear and division, you bring a message of hope. It is such a privilege to be part of this Association, this family. May you celebrate this season in a way that is meaningful to you, and as we approach the beginning of a New Year our wish as a board is that your year will be filled with the knowledge that the work you are doing matters and is making the world a better place.

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Please join us in welcoming new board members, Dean Pilkey, Kathy Smith and Laura Terlizzi who were elected along with returning board members Debbie Bowyer and Julie Sweeney at this years AGM.  

Your newly appointed ACCT Board of Directors for 2018-2019 are:

  • Rob Brooks who is in the second year of his two year term was unanimously voted in by the new board to assume the role of President.

  • Julie Sweeney is your new Vice President and those of you who follow Facebook will remember the great job Julie did with her live updates from the AGM and Conference; so she will be our Social Media guru!

  • Debbie Bowyer will be overseeing the financial operations of ACCT as our newly appointed Treasurer.

  • Sookyung Ahn continues on the board and will have the responsibility of overseeing our successful Mentorship Program.

  • Dean Pilkey will assume the role of Ethics & Disciplinary Liaison, working closely with the Ethics committee.

  • Kathy Smith, newly elected board member, is still getting her feet wet and would like to wait and see where she will best fit into our new board.

  • Laura Terlizzi has stepped up to be our Communications Liaison, overseeing all internal and external communications.
  • Susan Derry Past President will continue to work with the Board of Directors.

  • Joanie Tara, while not officially on the board, will work closely with us and will continue to represent ACCT at the FACT BC table.  Joanie will also keep us abreast of all new developments regarding regulation across Canada. 

  • Sarah Hughes, our Operations Manager continues in her role as Secretary.

To find out more about your Board, please click here to be redirected to the Board of Directors page on the website. 

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who served on the board of directors this past year; Mike Stephan, Kimberley Davidson and Ange Frymire-Fleming. 

Last, but not least, a very big special THANK YOU to Susan Derry and Karleen Nevery for their contribution, commitment and dedication to ACCT. Susan has been on the board of directors, most recently as President, and Karleen has been our treasurer for the last five years.

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To ensure that those holding the title of Mater Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) have attained comprehensive experience as a counsellor prior to being granted the “Master” designation ACCT has developed the following new criteria for application to become an MTC.  The new criteria will take effect on January 15, 2019.

  • Have attained a minimum of 1000 direct client contact hours.
  • Have 5 years of experience in counselling practice in a private or agency setting and be registered as a RTC (or hold an equivalent designation from another association).
  • Have attained a minimum of 50 clinical supervision hours post-graduation.

*Qualifying supervision hours for MTC does not include supervision hours attained through a counselling training (or equivalent training) program/course.

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The ACCT office will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 21, 2018, to Wednesday, January 2, 2019, to give our staff a much-needed break and allow them to spend time with their families.  However, the [email protected] email and the 1-844-269-ACCT voicemail will be monitored.  Please email or call and leave a message if you have an urgent matter that requires our attention.

Mike, Sarah and Shannon hope you all have a happy and safe holiday and look forward to working with you in 2019.


As announced at the end of this year's conference the 2019 ACCT AGM and Conference will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019, and Saturday, October 5, 2019. Stay tuned for more details.

The ACCT AGM page on the website has been updated with information from this years meeting with links to photos from the last three years.

We hope to see you all in 2019.

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It's a great time of year for a Member Meet-Up.

Host a gathering either in your home or at a selected venue, and have ACCT help with the costs. ACCT will reimburse your food and drink costs up to $15 per person on any gathering that has at least five ACCT members in attendance. Members are eligible for reimbursement only once per the calendar year.

To qualify send the names of those attending and photos from your gatherings and be featured in a future newsletter. These can be emailed to [email protected].

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As discussed at the ACCT AGM in October, there may be a requirement for those who are eligible for expedited grandparenting into the provincial colleges, to have completed 750 industry related Currency Hours within the last 3 years prior to being grandparented in.

In assessing trends across the provinces, we see this as a real possibility and we want to ensure that you are kept apprised of potential changes, trends and general information as we receive it. What one province uses as criteria is appearing to be the norm for further Colleges. Therefore it may be prudent to expect this in all new Colleges, including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC.

Find below the definition of currency hours and qualifying activities as per the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. It's highly recommended that you track all of your hours that fall within these areas.

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;
    engaging in clinical supervision as a supervisee;
  • conducting research or writing in the field of psychotherapy;
  • supervising;
  • teaching;
  • consulting; and
  • other professional activities that impact the practice of psychotherapy.

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ACCT continues to advocate for its members with insurance companies and benefit providers.  Our members are currently recognized for reimbursement through a number of extended benefit providers that cover the services of counsellors.

There are policies that specify that a client must seek the services of a "registered psychologist or registered social worker" in order to be covered.  If this is the case, they will deny coverage for our members. If you have had a claim rejected by any of our approved providers you must first confirm that the clients EAP or benefits plan includes counselling or the services of counsellors, if they do please contact us at ACCT and we will follow up for you.

In these cases, the client would have the option of choosing the clinicians listed or going ahead with your services at their own expense. We would encourage them, when feasible, to approach their company Human Resources department or Union to help them understand the benefits of including the services of registered counsellors as part of their benefits plan. There are a number of templates and letters from ACCT to help counsellors and their clients advocate for coverage at the bottom the page Insurance Reimbursement on the website.

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