This award may be awarded to members who have made a considerable contribution to the aims and objectives of CCPA.
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.
This award may be awarded to a member in recognition of outstanding professional contribution to Counselling and psychotherapy in Canada.
This award may be awarded to a long-serving member in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to CCPA.
Application Deadline Date: March 31 (this is an annual grant)
- Practicing Atlantic Area school counsellors who plan to study towards a Master’s Degree
with specialization in Guidance and Counselling. OR
- Practicing Atlantic Area school counsellors who wish to undertake relevant professional
development in Guidance and Counselling. Relevant is defined as professional development
which will have an immediate and measurable impact upon the applicant’s counselling
- Atlantic Area students who are studying towards a Master’s Degree with specialization in Guidance and Counselling.
Application and Award Procedures:
- Complete application form
- The successful applicant will be informed of the award by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association during the first week in June.
- The successful applicant will supply confirmation of registration and entrance into a study program.
- The study grant cheque will be issued shortly after the successful applicant has begun their program.
This 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 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.
The Vance Peavy Memorial Award will be presented annually to honour the recipient’s commitment to the field of counselling and in particular to counselling research and practice from a constructivist oriented and socially dynamic perspective. In recognition of
Vance’s strong ties to First Nation individuals and communities, special consideration will be given to those candidates who work with indigenous populations.
The Award consists of:
a framed certificate
a sum of $500
The award process will be administered by CCPA using its standard procedure.This year award nominations close on February 1st.
The Chairperson of the committee must be knowledgeable regarding Vance work and have participated in Constructivist Counselling Activities and Constructivist Counselling Education.
Current staff and board members of CCPA are ineligible to be nominated for this Award.
Individuals are nominated under reasonably open guidelines in which nominators assemble information that demonstrates the candidate’s worth. One person should assume the role of nomination coordinator.
Minimum requirements of the nomination package include:
• a cover letter that provides a detailed statement presenting the candidate’s case for the
• signed letters of support from three nominators who can attest to the candidate’s work in
• a signed letter from the nominated candidate indicating that he or she agrees:
• to be nominated
• has reviewed the nomination material and can attest to the accuracy of the facts presented
• agrees that all nomination information can be made public at the discretion of CCPA
• agrees to make every effort to attend the CCPA award ceremony a current CV of the candidate
Complete, original nomination information is due at CCPA’s office by February 1st.
All complete nomination information is distributed to each Award Committee member by courier/email as soon as possible after February 1st. Award Committee members review the nominations using the following criteria, plus any additional criteria agreed upon by the Committee members, to individually prioritize the candidates.
1. Does the candidate demonstrate some of the following qualities?
o Ethical reflectiveness
o Honouring of gender equity
o Creativity and innovation
o Knowledge of self
o A social/historical context consciousness
o Openness and respect for multicultural interests and cultural differences
o A respect for dialogue aimed at generating meaning
o Unbiased and unconditional sensitivity and respect towards others
o A risk-taking attitude to authentically meeting the other (away from acting as an expert)
2. Are the candidate’s achievements long-term/sustainable?
3. Has the candidate influenced both theory and practice?
4. Has the candidate nurtured new practitioners in the field?
5. Has the candidate kept a hand in practice?
6. Does the candidate work with indigenous populations?
7. Has the candidate made significant contributions in one or more of the following:
• research, program development and implementation of constructivist counselling theory and techniques,
• outstanding contribution to the advancement of theory or
practice in constructivist counselling,
• consistent evidence of exemplary teaching in constructivist
Having arrived at independent assessments of the nominees, each member e-mails his or her prioritized list (or a recommendation that no nominee is worthy of the award) to the Chair of the
Award Committee. If there is agreement, the Chair proceeds to notify the CEO of CCPA using the form designated for this process.
If there is disagreement, it is the Chair’s responsibility to hold e-mail, teleconference or live discussions to come to agreement. If consensus cannot be achieved, the award is not given.
A decision of the Award Committee is required by March 15th to ensure the award recipient can be notified in sufficient time to make arrangements to attend the Award Ceremony at the CCPA
Communication to Nominees
The CCPA CEO will send a letter to the selected recipient informing him or her of receiving the award and describing the award itself (e.g., the monetary amount, the ceremony at CCPA), and send letters to the nominees who did not receive the award.
The President of CCPA will present the award at the CCPA Award Ceremony.
Award Presentation Follow-Up
The recipient will be acknowledged on the CCPA website Awards area and also in the next edition of Cognica.
Freedom of Information
Although the names of nominees and the recipient are not confidential at any time (i.e., an official request for the information should be responded to honestly), an active effort to spread the names of nominees should not be undertaken.
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.
To honour excellence in advancing culturally safe counselling and psychotherapy services for Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Amount of Award
$500 (plus a certificate)
As this is a special award, the nominee must meet all criteria outlined in the special award preamble including:
– Self-nomination is not permissible .
– The nominee must be a CCPA Professional member in good standing who is nominated by two fellow CCPA members in good standing.
– Contributions must be above and beyond the scope of their employment.
– In addition, the following criteria apply:
– The nominee is currently engaged with Indigenous Peoples, community(ies) or contexts as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
– The nominee is involved in ongoing professional development related to issues that impact Indigenous Peoples.
– The nominee integrates Indigenous ways of knowing and healing in their practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
– The nominee 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.
Nominators must submit the following to [email protected] using the subject line “Indigenous Practice Award” and name of nominee:
– A completed CCPA Awards Application Form, curriculum vitae and letters of reference from both nominators that outline the nominee’s contribution to the counselling /psychotherapy profession by means of their involvement with Indigenous Peoples, communities and contexts.
– The letters of reference and curriculum vitae should address the following components:
o how the nominee’s work has promoted the health and well being of Indigenous Peoples.
o how the nominee has advanced awareness of issues that impact Indigenous Peoples, communities and context.
o how the nominee has undertaken ongoing professional development related to issues affecting Indigenous Peoples, communities and contexts.
Letters of reference and letters/attestations of support for community members could include but are not limited to the following:
• How long the nominee has been working with community.
• How is the nominee contributing to and advocating for Indigenous mental health?
• What the nominee has learned from working with community.
• How the nominee has been impacted by their work in the community.
• How the nominee is promoting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples.
• The nominee’s connection to Indigenous and traditional ways of knowing and living– and how this goes beyond their practice.
Nominees for the above distinguished special award can be posed by any member of the Association, other than the nominee. To be chosen, the nominee must have the recommendation of the Indigenous Director, the Executive, as well as two-thirds majority of the CCPA Board of Directors.
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.
The deadline to apply for this award is February 1st .
Submit the CCPA Award Nomination form with supporting documentation.
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.
These individuals have contributed their commitment and time without expectation of compensation or recognition. This award acknowledges their extraordinary contributions.
Through these contributions, these members exemplify the vision/mission of CCPA and advancement of the counselling profession as a whole.
The deadline to apply for this award is February 1st .
Submit the CCPA Award Nomination form with supporting documentation.