The term Counsellor may apply to a number of occupations so it can sometimes be confusing to know what a counsellor`s qualifications may be. However, a Certificated Canadian Counsellor is a highly qualified mental health professional whose credentials have been evaluated and approved by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
The CCPA was founded in 1965 and is dedicated to the enhancement of the counselling profession in Canada. The Association’s services include a nationally recognized certification process for professional counsellors that enable them to obtain the trademarked designation of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). CCPA is the largest national non-statutory, self-regulatory body for the counselling profession in Canada. They have over 5,500 members across the country who may be working in education, employment and career development, social work, business, industry, mental health, public service agencies, government and private practice.
All CCPA certified CCCs must have at minimum a Master’s degree from a recognized learning institution and have had an extensive supervised field practicum. In addition, the CCPA has an established Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and a Continuing Education system that all its CCCs must follow. This certification protects the public by ensuring that these therapists have the training, skills, and experience to deliver professional counselling. Further, as a non-statutory self-regulating body, CCPA provides an avenue for client complaints and discipline for members on matters of professional conduct.
Every CCC should have a copy of their certificate either on display in their office or readily available if requested. You can learn more about CCCs and the CCPA by visiting https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/membership/certification/