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The Awards

  1. The CCPA Counselling Resources and Training Materials Award 
  2. The CCPA Counsellor Practitioner Award 
  3. The Robert Langlois Award for Bilingualism
  4. The CCPA Practice-Based Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Award
  5. The CCPA Doctoral Dissertation Award
  6. The CCPA Counsellor Leadership Award
  7. The CCPA Masters Thesis Award
  8. The CCPA Research or Professional Article Award 
  9. The CCPA Counselling Book Award
  10. The CCPA Conference Travel Grant
  11. CCPA/BMS Student Bursary Award
  12. NEW – CCPA Annual Conference Research Poster Awards

1. The CCPA Resources And Training Materials Award

Purpose: To recognize the development of counselling resources and training materials in Canada.

Amount: $450

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The development work must be done in Canada and have been completed in the two years preceding the award presentation.
  2. The developer must be a CCPA member in good standing. In the case of multiple developers, at least one must belong to the Association.
  3. The counselling resources or training materials must be available to the profession through some medium of distribution.

To nominate

  1. Submit one (1) complete copy of the counselling resources or training material eligible for the award. This will be returned.
  2. Submit a statement indicating where copies of the materials may be obtained and the costs involved.
  3. Indicate the primary developer if there is more than one author.

General guidelines for assessment

  1. Originality
  2. Degree to which the work can be considered a valuable contribution to the advancement of Counselling in Canada
  3. Style and presentation.

2. The CCPA Counsellor Practitioner Award

Purpose: To recognize exceptional CCPA counsellor practitioners.

Amount: $1000

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The nominee must be a CCPA member in good standing providing a direct counselling service.
  2. The nominee must meet most of the following criteria. He or she must:
    • be involved in ongoing professional development and program development.
    • demonstrate excellence in leadership as a practicing counsellor.
    • illustrate competence in counselling and effectiveness of both skills and service.
    • be involved both within and outside the work community to promote counselling.
    • represent the optimal model of a caring person and professional whose knowledge, skills, and talents are valued by clients and colleagues.

To nominate

  1. Any one (1) member of CCPA other than the nominee must sign the application form.
  2. Information and documentation must be provided and sent electronically to substantiate the eligibility criteria stated above.

3. The Robert Langlois Award For Bilingualism

Purpose: To recognize CCPA members that promote bilingualism through counselling.

Amount: $450

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the promotion of bilingualism in or through counselling.
  2. The nominee must be a CCPA member in good standing.

To nominate

  1. Any two (2) members of CCPA other than the nominee must sign the application form.
  2. Information and documentation must be provided and sent electronically to substantiate the eligibility criteria stated above.

4. The CCPA Practice-Based Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Award

Purpose: To recognize CCPA members providing practice-based research advancement to the counselling and psychotherapy field.

Amount: $2,000

Criteria of eligibility

  1. Cutting edge research project must be practice-based; that is, the project incorporates an element of practice in the methodology or research output
  2. Quantitative and qualitative research proposals are acceptable
  3. Collaboration with community partners is encouraged but not essential
  4. Recipient must hold CCC designation
  5. Research project must be designed to enhance or advance counselling-related practices and/or provide leadership to the profession.

To nominate

Submission of project proposal, including:

  1. Duration of project
  2. Researcher(s) and affiliation
  3. Description of project
  4. Confirmation that ethical review board approval will be sought if relevant.
  5. Funding (if any)
  6. References
  7. Curriculum Vitae

What is practice-based research?

  • practice is an integral component
  • specifically undertaken with a view to generating outputs and outcomes with a defined application to counselling; and/or
  • it theorizes contemporary practice in order to inform the researcher’s individual practice.
  • outputs and outcomes generate new or enhanced knowledge and understanding in the discipline; and/or be undertaken with a specific view to generating outputs and outcomes with a defined application (for example, new or improved products, processes, materials, or policy guidance).

Parameters of Award Funding:

  • Research projects may receive one-time funding only
  • Award may not supplement a major research grant (e.g, SSHRC, CIHR)
  • Recipient will provide update to CCPA on research progress within 12 months of receiving the award
  • Recipient agrees to present findings at CCPA National Conference*
  • Permission is granted to CCPA use the material in Webinars or other CCPA publications but CCPA does not limit the authors  publication of the material.
  • Copyright is retained by author/recipient of the awards.
  • Recipient is expected to acknowledge the source of the funding for the research in publications and presentations.
  • CCPA will cite the author in all uses of the material.

*Note: Attendance and accommodations at the conference are not covered by the grant.

Assessment Guidelines

  • Cutting edge research that is practice-based;
  • Quantitative and qualitative research proposals;
  • Collaboration with community partners encouraged
  • Research enhances or advances counselling/psychotherapy practices or provides leadership within the field
  • Recipient may not have previously received this award or funding/grants

5. The CCPA Doctoral Dissertation Award

Purpose: To recognize outstanding research and development that contributes to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy at the doctoral level.

Amount: $500

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The dissertation must be part of the requirements of an accredited university for a doctoral degree specializing in counselling.
  2. The author must be a CCPA member in good standing.
  3. The dissertation must be completed and approved by the student’s examining committee in one of the two calendar years preceding the award presentation.

To nominate

  1. Submit a letter of intent including two letters of reference (one academic source, one other) outlining how applicant meets assessment criteria. Referees must be familiar with the dissertation.
  2. Electronically submit one (1) complete copy of the dissertation as well as one (1) copy of the summary of not more than twenty (20) pages suitable for publication in a CCPA Publication (right to select for publication rests with Editor).
  3. Please indicate if and where this material will have been published by the following September.

General guidelines for assessment

  1. Originality
  2. Results & Findings: Impact for Counselling
  3. Applicability & Importance of the work to Counselling in Canada
  4. Strengths & Limitations: Implications for Future Research
  5. Writing style and overall quality of presentation

6.The CCPA Counsellor Leadership Award

Purpose: To honour excellence in provincial or national leadership by a CCPA member that encourages advancement of the profession

Amount: $ 1000

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The nominee must be a CCPA Certified member in good standing for at least three (3) years
  2. The nominee must be involved in ongoing professional development and/or program development at a provincial or national level
  3. Demonstrate excellence in leadership by:
      • making major contributions through innovative research, publications, presentations related to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy
      • advocating for a strong professional counsellor educator/counsellor identity
  4. Illustrate competence in counselling and effectiveness of both skills and service
  5. Be involved both within and outside the work community to promote counselling and psychotherapy
  6. Share knowledge and skills with professional colleagues, agencies, organizations, students and the public

To nominate

  1. Any one (1) member of CCPA other than the nominee must sign the application form.
  2. Information and documentation must be provided and sent electronically to substantiate the eligibility criteria stated above.
  3. Electronic versions of supporting letters from at least three other professionals (not including the nominator) in the field must be provided.

7. The CCPA Master’s Thesis Award

Purpose: To recognize the work of CCPA Master’s Level  Students

Amount: $450

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The thesis must be part of the requirements of a recognized university for a Master’s degree specializing in counselling.
  2. The author must be a CCPA student member in good standing.
  3. The thesis must be completed and approved by the student’s examining committee in one of the two calendar years preceding the award presentation.

To nominate

  1. Electronically submit one (1) complete copy of the thesis as well as one (1) copy of the summary of not more than twenty (20) pages suitable for publication in a CCPA Publication (right to select for publication rests with Editor).
  2. Please indicate if and where this material will have been published by the following September.
  3. Submit a letter of intent/purpose including a description of how the required criteria have been met
  4. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation/reference (one academic source, one other) outlining how applicant meets assessment criteria. Referees must be familiar with the thesis.

General guidelines for assessment

  1. Originality
  2. Methodology
  3. Writing style and overall quality of presentation
  4. Strengths and limitations
  5. Findings and results
  6. Importance of the work to Counselling in Canada

8. The CCPA Research or Professional Article Award

Purpose: To recognize research or publications of CCPA members

Amount: $450

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The article must be published in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy or COGNICA in the two years preceding the award event.
  2. The author must be a CCPA member in good standing. In the case of multiple authors, at least one author must belong to the Association.
  3. The article must report the results of an empirical inquiry in counselling or its related fields.

To nominate

  1. Submit one (1) electronic copy of the article.
  2. If there is more than one author, indicate those who are primary writers and those who, as secondary writers, contributed to the research.

General guidelines for assessment

  1. Originality
  2. Methodology
  3. Writing style and overall quality of presentation
  4. Strengths and limitations
  5. Findings and results
  6. Importance of the work to Counselling in Canada

9. The CCPA Counselling Book Award

Purpose: To recognize book publications of CCPA members

Amount: $450

Criteria of eligibility

  1. The book must be written by a Canadian author or authors and must be published in the two years preceding the award event. The same book cannot be considered for two consecutive book awards due to the overlap of publication dates or event dates that may occur.
  2. The book must not be a compilation of articles arranged by an editor.
  3. The author must be a CCPA member in good standing. In the case of multiple authors, at least one author must belong to the Association.

To nominate

  1. Submit one (1) copy of the book. This will be returned.
  2. Submit one (1) electronic copy of an independent review that could be published in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

General guidelines for assessment

  1. Originality
  2. The work must be considered a valuable contribution to the advancement of Counselling in Canada
  3. Overall quality of style and presentation.

10. The CCPA Conference Travel Grant and CCPA Student Conference Travel Grant

Purpose: To support a CCPA member of their attendance at the CCPA annual conference. Award recipients must attend the full conference.

Amount: We offer 6 conference travel awards (valued at $500) and 4 student travel awards (valued at $500).

Criteria of eligibility

  1. Applicant must be a CCPA Member in good standing

To nominate

  1. Applicants are required to provide a current CV and a covering letter addressing the following points:
    • Current and past involvement with CCPA (include your CCPA  Membership number)
    • Current area of work or practice in the Counselling field
    • Confirmation of desire and plan to attend next CCPA Annual Conference
    • Evidence of geographic distance / logistical complexity that makes Conference attendance difficult
    • Contact information including e-mail address

General guidelines for assessment

A CCPA panel will review applications. Criteria for evaluation will include merit of individual applications as well as regional distribution of awards where possible.

NOTE: The nominator’s signature is not required for this award.

11. CCPA/BMS Student Bursary Award

BMS, the CCPA professional liability insurance broker of choice, has provided two $500 awards to support graduate students research in Counselling.

Eligibility: Applicants must be CCPA Student Members currently enrolled as student in a Canadian graduate counselling program.

Application: Applicants are required to provide a brief summary of their research proposal, a letter of approval of their University’s ethics committee, a current CV and a covering letter addressing the following points:

  • Current and past involvement with CCPA (include your CCPA Student Membership number)
  • Current program of studies,
  • Up to date official transcript demonstrating academic excellence
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which is from the research supervisor
  • Contact information including E-mail address

Review Process: A CCPA panel will review applications. Criteria for evaluation will include merit of the research proposal for the field of counselling and of individual applications.

12. NEW – CCPA Annual Conference Research Poster Awards

Purpose: To recognize research poster excellence at the annual CCPA national conference.

Amount: Three first, second, and third place awards, plus a certificate:
1st Place: $450
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150

Criteria of eligibility

  1. Entrant must be a CCPA member in good standing. In the case of multiple
    authors, one author is required to be a member from any membership category.
  2. Poster has been accepted for presentation as a part of the Conference’s peer
    review process.
  3. Where a poster has more than one author, at least one of the poster’s authors
    must be available to present the poster to the judging committee.
  4. Poster should (a) contain original empirical research findings and (b) discuss
    the implications for counselling theory, research, and/or practice (as applicable).
    Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies are equally welcome.
  5. Entrant may submit only one first‐authored poster for consideration.

To nominate

  1. The application form should be fully completed with the following information:
    (a) poster title and request that it be adjudicated at the conference;
    (b) name of all authors/co‐authors, including one presenter who has registered
    for the conference; and
    (c) poster abstract which includes methodology and implications for counselling
    research, practice and/or theory.

General guidelines for assessment

  1. Background
  2. Methodology
  3. Results
  4. Conclusion/Limitations/Implications
  5. Visual Presentation/Impact
  6. Oral Presentation/Impact