The intention of the Special Awards is to highlight members, in good standing with CCPA, who have contributed to and have shown outstanding commitment to CCPA and to the counselling and psychotherapy profession. For that reason, the Special Awards are based on merit rather than annually or biannually awarded. We invite members to nominate colleagues who have demonstrated exceptional contributions and commitment to CCPA and the counselling and psychotherapy profession that are above and beyond the scope of their employment.
Please note that self-nomination is not permissible for these awards.
Nominations for Special Awards must include two nominators. Both nominators must be CCPA members in good standing.
The nominee’s curriculum vitae must be provided along with a completed application form and a letter of reference from both nominators outlining the nominee’s exceptional contributions and commitment to CCPA and the profession of counselling and psychotherapy.
In order to receive the award, the nominee must receive recommendation from the CCPA Executive as well as two-thirds majority of the CCPA Board of Directors.
For the Special Award – CCPA Indigenous Practice Award, the nominee must receive recommendation from the CCPA Indigenous Director, the CCPA Executive, as well as two-thirds majority of the CCPA Board of Directors.
- The CCPA Honorary Life Membership may be awarded to members who have made a considerable contribution to the aims and objectives of CCPA.
- The CCPA Professional Contribution Award may be awarded to a member in recognition of outstanding professional contribution to Counselling and psychotherapy in Canada.
- The Lorne Flavelle Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service may be awarded to a long-serving member in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to CCPA.
- The Dr. Lynda Younghusband Counselling Award has been established by Dr. Younghusband to promote the counselling and psychotherapy profession and to improve access for students to the annual CCPA conference. This award will be given to either a full-time or part-time graduate student enrolled in the Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) programme at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and who is attending the national CCPA conference to present a scholarly paper or poster. The recipient must meet the academic requirements for an award. It will be awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Education. Please contact the Memorial University of Newfoundland for more details on the award.
- The Vance Peavy Memorial Award
The R. Vance Peavy Memorial Fund was established at the request of his family to continue Vance’s legacy of innovation and scholarship in career counselling research, writing and practice. The Memorial Fund has been used to ensure that Vance’s publications, published and unpublished, remain accessible, and his SocioDynamic constructivist approaches continue to be available. A remainder of the fund will be used to establish a Vance Peavy Award for Leadership in Career Counselling. The award will be presented annually at the CCPA conference.
- CCPA Indigenous Practice Award
The purpose of the CCPA Indigenous Practice Award is to honour excellence in advancing culturally safe counselling and psychotherapy services for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. In addition to the criteria for special awards, the nominee must be: currently engaged with Indigenous Peoples, community(ies) or contexts as a counsellor/psychotherapist; involved in ongoing professional development related to issues that impact Indigenous Peoples; integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and healing in their practice; may be engaged in advocacy related to Indigenous mental health; the nominee does not have to self-identify as an Indigenous person although must clearly demonstrate their relationship to the Indigenous community they work with.
* Please note that Indigenous includes all Original Peoples of the land now called Canada, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.
- CCPA Humanitarian Award
The CCPA Humanitarian Award recognizes the spirit of good will and humanitarianism in CCPA members. Specifically, these individuals have demonstrated the spirit of humanity in a local, national or international capacity by contributing to one or more of the following:Mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens; Alleviation of human suffering; Mental health and well‐being; Social justice and enhancement of human dignity; Respect for diversity.
- CCPA Unsung Heroes Award
This award will recognize special individuals within CCPA membership, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. These individuals have taken part in an inspirational activity for those in need or for someone unable to do things for themselves.