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Ready, Set, Launch!

Posted by: CC PA on June 19, 2015 10:26 am

website To celebrate CCPA’s 50th Anniversary as a National Association, we are proud to announce that we have launched a brand new website! www.ccpa-accp.ca has a fresh new design, a more organized layout, and a sleek sophisticated feel.

All of the same information will still be readily available:

– Are you thinking about becoming a CCPA member?

– Are you interested in applying for our Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation?  Download our certification requirements & procedures manual

– Access a list of all of our available forms including (but not limited to):

  • Proof of Student Status
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) application
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor – Supervisor (CCC-S) application
  • Continuing Education Credits (CEC) application
  • Awards Nomination
  • Publication Order

– Want to join a new chapter? View all of our interest based and regional based chapters

– Looking for advertisement options?

– Get the most up-to-date information regarding our Annual Conference

– Learn more about CCPA’s National Board of Directors and National Office staff

– Do you have general questions regarding membership, mention of membership, certification, regulation across Canada, continuing education, accreditation, or ethics? Visit our FAQ section!

– Do you have specific questions for one of our staff? Contact us directly!

We welcome your feedback, so please feel free to leave your comments below.

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Happy Birthday to Us!

Posted by: Dawn Schell on June 3, 2015 8:46 am

50. The CCPA is 50 years old!

Imagine all that has changed since 1965…

Vehicles, medical breakthroughs, space exploration, job titles, prices, environmental concerns, clothing styles (though some of them keep coming back!), phones, computers, technology, the Internet…to name a few.


Attitudes towards counselling have changed. Not to mention where and how counselling takes place.  Mental health and wellbeing is an increasingly important conversation in workplaces and communities.

Yup. A lot has changed.

And now imagine all that hasn’t changed ….

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Musings of a Conference Junkie

Posted by: Stephanie Burley on June 2, 2015 8:28 am

June 2, 2015

Self-care has become a hot topic within the realm of counselling, and rightfully so. As counsellors we are witness to an incredible amount of pain, loss, trauma, and a myriad of other emotions. In order to forge a positive therapeutic alliance with our clients it is important that we as counsellors are in a place of wellness so that we can bring our own strength into the counselling relationship to assist our clients by asking those hard questions, and listening without judgement. In my own experience I find that I often don’t know that I need to indulge in self-care until I finally do it. Once immersed in a self-care activity it becomes strikingly apparent that, boy, did I need it! Last week I had the privilege of spending three and a half days at the CCPA National Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. It might sound odd to equate attending a busy, mentally taxing conference with self-care, but I can assure you that is exactly what it was. This is an interesting point to consider – self-care needs to be tailored to the individual. Not everyone will find the same activities rejuvenating or restful.

Currently I am working as a Career Counsellor in an Ontario university. Although I have seen some attitude change, I believe that there is a belief that career counselling is different from personal counselling. I’ve heard colleagues in non-counselling roles indicate that career counselling was the “light” side of counselling. I suppose in some instances this may be true. However, as a career counsellor I can attest to the fact that the clients that join me in my office are often experiencing emotions linked to loss, grief, disappointment, confusion, frustration and shame. Over the past several months I have seen students – both at the undergraduate and graduate level – arriving in my office and sharing stories of financial crises, marital separation, heniagara-falls-113525_640alth concerns, stress and anxiety, familial pressure to succeed, and suicidal ideation. The number of instances where I have asked the student sitting in front of me “are you planning on harming yourself?” is now so high I’ve lost track. The idea that career counselling is “light” counselling does not align with the experience I have had throughout my career.

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

It’s Time to GET LOUD for Mental Health!

Posted by: CC PA on May 5, 2015 9:43 am

Join Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Celebrating Mental Health Week!

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is proud to celebrate Mental Health Week, taking place from May 4-8, 2015.  An initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, this special week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week of May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.

“Qualified counsellors and psychotherapists are part of the continuum of care in primary health care and make vital contributions to the mental health and well-being of all Canadians,” said CCPA President, Blythe Shepard.  “Together, we collaborate with other mental health associations, organizations, and governments to advocate for appropriateness of care – access to the right care, provided by the right provider(s), to the right person, at the right time.”

Read CCPA’s Press Release Issued on May 4th, 2015 here: http://www.ccpa-accp.ca/en/newsevents/newsreleases/details.php?id=130

For more information on Mental Health Week visit, www.mentalhealthweek.ca

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

CCPA Applauds Ontario Government on New CRPO

Posted by: CC PA on April 7, 2015 9:55 am

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) congratulates the Ontario Government on the official proclamation made April 1st, 2015 that the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 has come officially into force by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“Regulation of a profession requires commitment and collaboration amongst the government, the profession and key stakeholders. CCPA is proud to be part of this collaboration and this milestone for the profession”, said Blythe Shepard, CCPA President. “CCPA congratulates the Transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists on this significant accomplishment.  CCPA hopes that the regulation of the profession in Ontario hastens the regulation efforts in other jurisdictions of Canada.”

Read more here: http://www.ccpa-accp.ca/en/newsevents/newsreleases/details.php?id=127

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

It’s Brain Awareness Week!

Posted by: CC PA on March 16, 2015 2:52 pm

“In the past twenty years, neuroscience and psychotherapy research has increased our knowledge of how and why people change and the reasons individuals may ‘get stuck’ in negative patterns of behaviour. This new brain awareness allows for innovative ways to understand interpersonal relationships, emotional memories, and strategies for mental health and wellness,” said CCPA President Blythe Shepard.  “It simultaneously offers new hope for recovery and stabilization of mental illnesses.  The brain can change — it is not fixed. The brain responds to external environmental events and actions undertaken by the individual. This means that counselling and psychotherapy can also build new brain networks as we actively listen to our clients, show empathic understanding, and build upon and recognize clients’ strengths.”

CCPA hosts a public website “Talking Helps” (www.talkingcanhelp.ca), which facilitates open dialogue and provides a place where members of the public can find authoritative information about the benefits of counselling in ameliorating a variety of challenging life situations. This website also provides a directory to Canadian Certified Counsellors by geographic location and specialty. You can also visit www.ccpa-accp.ca, to access this directory and search for a Canadian Certified Counsellor in your region.

Read more at: http://www.ccpa-accp.ca/en/newsevents/newsreleases/details.php?id=125.

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Good Conference? IAC/CCPA 2014

Posted by: Dawn Schell on May 16, 2014 3:45 pm

What makes for a good conference?  The definition varies for everyone.   For me, if there are one or two things I learn that I can apply directly to my work, and if I can make one new connection with a colleague I feel quite satisfied that my time and money has been well spent.

Sometimes there are so many fabulous sessions and the schedule is so full there is little opportunity to connect with others.  Other times I have walked away feeling I didn’t learn anything I could use though I met amazing people and felt re-energized by my connection with the counselling community.

The latest IAC & CCPA conferences in Victoria, BC were a balance of learning and connection.

A few of the highlights for me:

Meeting and talking with counsellors from so many different countries. Particularly in the final panel session when many of them shared their perspectives about the IAC’s vision and mission.

Andrew Samuels’ thought-provoking keynote address (and this will be an oversimplification of the topic) on Therapy and Politics.  He talked about “good enough” leadership, economic inequality, therapeutic responsibility and the politics of intimate relationships. I am still mulling over what he said.  Check out his website –  http://andrewsamuels.com

Learning about the University of Malta’s inspiring programme in Transcultural Counselling.   It is a “collaborative degree programme offered by the University of Malta and the University of New Orleans…The mission of the M.A. in Transcultural Counselling is to train world counsellors who are able to serve diverse populations worldwide. Graduates of this programme are global citizens who, as counsellors, possess a sense of social responsibility and global civic engagement, as well as global competence.”


Stephane Grenier’s honest, humourous and compassionate keynote address on Mental Health in the workplace.  He spoke about his own experience with PTSD and how workplaces need to be sources of social support for those who struggle with mental illness.  Hear! Hear!

Hearing about exciting new research in Technology and Counselling.   Avatars, augmented reality, and applying Erikson’s stages of development to adoption of technology.  I look forward to hearing the end results of the work these students are doing.

Several sessions gave me fresh ideas that I can use with my clients.  Yeah!

Participating in a panel discussion with Paul Jerry, Simon Nuttgens, Lawrence Murphy and Dan Mitchell on the topic of Online Counselling.  A subject near and dear to my heart.

There is so much more I could say here about what I gained.   I’ll have to save it for a future blogpost.

What makes for a good conference?

Spending time with old and new friends, sharing ideas, resources, strategies, research and learning, learning, learning.
IAC/CCPA 2014 was indeed, a good conference.

See you in Niagara Falls next year at the 50th anniversary of the CCPA.

Dawn M. Schell, MA, CCC, CCDP is an affiliate of Worldwide Therapy Online Inc.  http://www.therapyonline.ca

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA