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Established in 1965, CCPA was originally called the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association (CGCA). In 1999, the Association changed its name to the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA). In 2009, the Association changed its name to Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), which represented an important move to include members who practice psychotherapy in Canada.

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association is a national bilingual association of professionally trained counsellors engaged in the helping professions. CCPA’s members work in many diverse fields of education, employment and career development, social work, business, industry, mental health, public service agencies, government and private practice. Since 1965, the Association has been providing leadership and promotion to the counselling profession. CCPA has several Chapters, which represent specialized interest groups in counselling. CCPA develops and cultivates formal and informal relationships with similar health and mental health organizations in Canada and internationally.

The Association also offers the opportunity for its members to network with other counsellors from across the globe, in order to exchange ideas and best practices, provide mutual support and promote professional development. CCPA is continually upgrading its services for its counsellor members, through exclusive educational programs, certification, and professional development and networking opportunities. The Association welcomes all qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in the profession to join our growing membership as we uphold our mandate to remain the leading association for counselling and psychotherapy in Canada.

Our Board of Directors and our staff are dedicated to helping you stay up to date on the counselling community.

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The CCPA is a national/bilingual organization dedicated to the enhancement of the counselling profession in Canada.

In striving to fulfill this mandate the CCPA promotes policies and practices which support the provision of accessible, competent, and accountable counselling services throughout the human lifespan, and in a manner sensitive to the pluralistic nature of society. CCPA strives to understand the needs of the diverse community of counsellors and psychotherapists in Canada and aspires to being inclusive in its membership and to being a strong voice for the promotion of counselling.

The CCPA Board of Directors has various Standing Committees, each with a specific mandate defined by the Board.

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In celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2015, we looked back on what CCPA has accomplished since it was first created back in 1965.