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1 Labour Mobility Working Group of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association HRSDCCCPA Setting the Context for the April 2011 Symposium

2 Regulated and Non-regulated Occupations RegulatedRegulated - specific public assurance by the regulator (at the time of acceptance for licensure) of ability to practice safely and effectively in a Canadian context; and continuing thereafter Non-regulatedNon-regulated - general expectation by society of “ability” or “readiness” to join the workforce and work safely and effectively in a Canadian context (Occupational Health and Safety); continuing thereafter Employers/ClientsEmployers/Clients – seek both competencies and capabilities - whether regulated or non-regulated WorkersWorkers – seek acknowledgement of prior learning, credentials, competencies, capabilities to obtain employment

3 AIT Agreement To enable any worker who is qualified in a province/territory to be granted access to employment opportunities in their occupation in other P/Ts. Intent is to eliminate barriers and achieve mutual recognition of qualified workers across Canada.

4 Additional Requirements Includes (but not limited to): examinations, additional education/training, or practice hours, ANY ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT MUST BE LINKED TO DEMONSTRATED DIFFERENCES IN OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS OR SCOPES OF PRACTICE

5 Legitimate Objectives Public security, safety, and order Provision of adequate social and health services to all its regions All additional requirements must be listed on public website

6 QUEBEC Public Safety Ethics Legislation (1973) QUEBEC Shared competency profile (colleges, universities – for entry to practice and professional practice (2004) BRITISH COLUMBIA Preparations, consultations, competency profile development (1995 – present) PEI Consultations (2007) PEI Legislation being pursued (2009) ONTARIO Regulation (Bill 171) Transitional Council in place (2009) NOVA SCOTIA Regulation pending (2009) ALBERTA Health Act Amended – no regulation of counselling (2008) NEW BRUNSWICK Legislation discussions (2009) QUEBEC Reserved Title and Practice Protection Legislation: psychotherapy/reserved activities/mental heal evaluations (2009) 2008 NOVA SCOTIA Legislation (2008) 2009 MANITOBA Health Act amended – no regulation of counselling (2009) QUEBEC Title Protection “Guidance Counsellor” Legislation (1963) Regulation Timeline 2010 QUEBEC Creation of 3 Colleges: for related registered professions NEW BRUNSWICK Bill in preparation for regulation created (2010) NEW BRUNSWICK Legislation discussions begin (1994)

7 ROLE OF REGULATORY COLLEGE Registration: - determine qualified registrants - register qualified candidates / exclude those without competencies or personal suitability Inquiry: Responding to public complaints and concerns -Passive: publish standards, await complaints -Active: education, inspections, audits, college- initiated complaints Discipline: -providing limits and sanctions for registrants who have violated professional standards RESEARCHCONSULTCONFIRM GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL REGULATION: -confirmed scope of practice -confirmed definition of restricted or controlled act or title -confirmed competencies -confirmed code of ethics

8 A Note About Terminology Throughout the survey, the term “profession” and “counselling” were used consistently as general, umbrella terms to describe the breadth and depth of more specific titles and actions used across the nation. –Use of the generic term “counselling profession” is clearly understood across Canada to be inclusive; it reflects a variety of specific counselling-related titles –Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that the “definition of counselling” and the “scope of practice” described them despite their personal use of more than 70 different specific counselling-related titles and more than 250 practice types.

9 National Symposium on Counsellor Regulation (November 2005, Vancouver, British Columbia) To support the process of: –Proving a case for regulation by a thorough analysis of risks of harm and to define the most appropriate models for regulation; –Defining what constitutes counselling for the purposes of regulation; –Defining the competencies (e.g. education/training and experience) for entry into the profession –Demonstrating the need for diverse counselling associations to cooperate and to agree on major issues, including a commitment to fund the start-up phase of regulatory college.

10 ENTRY-TO- PRACTICE COUNSELLING COMPETENCIES GENERIC COUNSELLING COMPETENCIES SPECIALIZED COUNSELLING COMPETENCIES PASTORAL CAREER MARRIAGE & FAMILY ART ADDICTIONS MUSIC PLAY SCHOOL REHABILITATION

11 National Symposium on Inter-Provincial Mobility within the Counselling Profession (November 2008, Ottawa ON) Purpose: –Follow-up and continue the dialogue of November 2005 in Vancouver –Update key stakeholders on current status of mobility and regulation in each jurisdiction –Establish a national collaboration on national standards as well as impediments to occupational mobility

12 National Symposium on Inter-Provincial/Territorial Mobility within the Counselling Profession (November 2009, Ottawa ON) Purpose: –Research and Development: share supportive materials for the use of provinces and territories as they seek regulation and enhance mobility. Compare a variety of Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice Research definitions of counselling and psychotherapy to determine typical attributes and features of the definitions Research scopes of practice for counselling and psychotherapy to determine typical attributes or features

13 National Symposium on Inter-Provincial/Territorial Mobility within the Counselling Profession (2009 cont’d) –Expand awareness of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and the boundaries that it imposes on regulatory realities across all jurisdictions. –Provide participants with a basic understanding of the issues related to professional mobility and to fully discuss and explore them.

14 ROLE OF REGULATORY COLLEGE Registration: - determine qualified registrants - register qualified candidates / exclude those without competencies or personal suitability Inquiry: Responding to public complaints and concerns -Passive: publish standards, await complaints -Active: education, inspections, audits, college- initiated complaints Discipline: -providing limits and sanctions for registrants who have violated professional standards RESEARCH CONSULTCONFIRM GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL REGULATION: -confirmed scope of practice -confirmed definition of restricted or controlled act or title -confirmed competencies -confirmed code of ethics entry-to-practice counselling competencies definition of counselling scope of practice National validation of... code of ethics framework INFOSHEETS for emerging and existing regulatory colleges -stakeholders -researchers -public INFOSHEETS for emerging and existing regulatory colleges -stakeholders -researchers -public

15 Symposium 2011: Sharing Research & Development of Generic Support Materials Purpose: Share and confirm findings of survey of members of the profession re: titles, definition, and generic scope of practice. Provide core set of materials that increase mobility of labour across Canada by simplifying and streamlining the regulatory process. Consult re: national framework for code of ethics/standards of practice.

16 Regulatory Status of Counselling-related Professions: A Pan-Canadian Tour

17 STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA No action on regulation portfolio

18 Preparations and legislation discussions present STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

19 No action on regulation portfolio

20 Health Act amended 2008 No action on regulation portfolio STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

21 No action on regulation portfolio STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

22 No action on regulation portfolio

23 Health Act amended 2009 No action on regulation portfolio STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

24 Legislation 2007 Transitional Council in place 2009 Regulation not yet started STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

25 Title Protection Regulation 1969 Amendments 1973, 2004 Practice Protection Regulation Colleges for Regulated Professions 2010 STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

26 No action on regulation portfolio STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

27 Legislation being pursued 2009

28 Bill in preparation for legislation developed (2010) STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

29 Legislation 2008 Regulation pending STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

30 Provision of Materials 2008 –2010 Validated entry-to-practice competency profile Definition of counselling Scope of practice for the profession PowerPoint presentation: requirements for regulation and the AIT (mobility of regulated professions agreement) PowerPoint presentation: history of the National Symposia “As was said” reports for National Symposia

31 Thank you / Merci


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