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Talking Can Help Public Website

This website is specifically for individuals seeking information and support about the profession of counselling and psychotherapy. The website raises public awareness of the role of the profession in mental health and wellness and supports informed decision-making when choosing a mental health practitioner.

The public can find information on reasons for seeking counselling, types of therapies and even tips on finding the right therapist for them. This website demystifies therapy and clears many misconceptions that might be keeping some individuals who are considering counselling from going ahead with it. This is a safe and anonymous way for people to seek answers to their questions and gain access to the help they need.



To order any of our publications, please click here.

Selected publications are available for download:

  • Code of Ethics
  • Standards of Practice
  • Notebook on Ethics

Other publications available for purchase include:

  • Counselling Ethics: Issues and Cases
  • Supervision of Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook

Guide for School Counsellors Working with Military and Veteran Families

Resource for Canadian School Counsellors

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) in partnership with the Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle have released a new bilingual publication for school counsellors in Canada. Part of a series of publications related to professions working with military and Veteran families, the school counsellors’ issue is the second in the series.

School Counsellors Working with Military and Veteran Families raises awareness of the important roles and unique lifestyles of military and Veteran families that enrich schools, communities, and workplaces. The publication assists school personnel in increasing their military literacy, and enabling increased support and inclusion of children and youth of military and Veteran families in the social, academic and athletic lives of schools across Canada.

This publication answers four key questions:

  • What is the military and Veteran lifestyle?
  • What resources are available to school counsellors to assist them in their work with children and youth of military and Veteran families?
  • How can school counsellors promote mental health and advocate for students of military and Veteran families in schools?
  • How can school counsellors support classroom teachers in their work with students of military and Veteran families?

Download the publication

To order a print copy, please contact us at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question regarding the association? Click here for a list of frequently asked questions on the following topics:

  • Membership
  • Mention of membership and use of the CCPA logo
  • Certification
  • Regulation and practicing in Canada
  • Continuing Education
  • Accreditation
  • Ethics


Did You Know? – Possible Pitfalls when Offering E-Counselling Services

E-Counselling is a new and growing field that includes the counselling of clients using technology such as email, online chat, and websites. While there are many ethical and practical issues related to counselling people you have not met, there are certain key issues to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to venture into the world of e-counselling and how to protect yourself as a counsellor if you should decide to do so.

For employers, these issues are doubly important. Employers are liable for the acts of their employees, especially if they are providing services through the employer’s website and there is reference to the employer’s name in emails and contracts when employees are providing e-counselling.

More information can be found in our issues paper.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) have become an important source of employment for mental health counsellors and in particular for CCPA members.

CCPA has put together a list of provincial and national Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers.

Please note that these links are provided as a resource to help you in your search; CCPA does not endorse any of the programs listed. This list is not exhaustive. The information is valid as of November, 2011 and may have changed since then.

National Clinical Supervision Competency Framework 

In recognition of the challenge of operationalizing definitions of “qualified” and “competent,” CCPA initiated a study that commenced with an examination of the literature on supervisor competence in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Co-chairs Blythe Shepard and Beth Robinson, along with Working Group members John Driscoll, Liette Goyer, Mark MacAulay, Anne Marshall, Simon Nuttgens, and David Paré conducted this review of the literature; consulted with American experts, Drs Carol Falender and Janine Bernard; and interviewed experienced Canadian clinical supervisors who represent diverse geographical and employment settings. The next step was to administer a pan-Canadian survey on clinical supervision in late 2016. The primary objective of this study is to establish a national competency framework to support the continued growth and development of clinical supervision practice in Canada.

This framework will establish a collective understanding of what constitutes qualified and competent clinical supervision and will generate myriad practical applications. For example, the competencies could be used to inform supervisor self-assessment and professional growth plans. The implementation of the framework could empower supervisees to engage in self-advocacy related to personal and professional learning and growth needs. Identification of competencies will promote collaborative exploration of supervisory goals, relationship, process, and evaluation in dyadic, triadic, and group supervision contexts. A national competency framework aligns with organizational learning culture and promotes psychologically healthy supervisory relationships at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Delineation of competencies can guide clinical supervision course development within and external to postsecondary institutions. The competency framework will support CCPA’s Canadian Certified Counsellor-Supervisor (CCC-S) designation and could potentially serve as a resource for regulatory bodies in their assessment of candidates. The framework will establish a foundation for greater accountability and contribute to the sustainability of clinical supervision as a specialty area of practice under the umbrella of the counselling and psychotherapy profession.

Framing for CCC Certificates

As a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association we hope you take advantage of the many benefits the association has arranged on behalf of its members. One such benefit is a customized frame to display your recent achievement for obtaining the CCC/ CCC-S designation.

CCPA in conjunction with Leader Frames has designed a wood and metal frame with the Association’s logo embossed in gold metal foil for you to proudly display your certificate. Leader Frames is a Canadian owned company manufacturing all its environmentally-friendly products here in Ontario. They are also the only company authorized to use the CCPA logo.

View all the frames selected by the Association

The Leader Frame website also provides the opportunity to further customize your frame choice by selecting the “Build Your Own” option (please note that prices will be based on individual selection).

The goal of No More Wait Lists (NMWL) is to help reduce long waiting lists that do not meet individuals’ health needs by filling appointment openings with a faster response.

Individuals and their families will have more options to choose the health services they need in a timely manner. And health practitioners will have equitable access to new clientele in shorter wait times.

If you want to make a difference, subscribe or sign up for NoMoreWaitLists.net to make it easier to access health care services and a variety of other businesses, now and for generations to come.

Helpful Resources

Click here for a list of resources that may be helpful to you, your clients and your practice.

Do you have a suggestions on other resources? Send them to Kaylynn at [email protected].