Approved Certifications for Expedited Route

Approved Certifications - Counselling Therapy

In September 2018, a sub-committee of the FACT-Alberta Steering Committee consisting of Counselling Therapy Association Member representatives were asked to review the certifications and designations that each member association of FACT-Alberta put forward for consideration for the ‘Expedited Route” in the new College.  The Sub-Committee primarily focused on the following types of information:

  1. Competencies: Do the competencies align with the Counselling Therapy competencies?  If yes, were the competencies acquired through experience, education or a combination?  What were the educational requirements?  Was the education received at an accredited institution? Was the education a part of a structured and coherent training program?  How was the experience acquired?  What was the framework for acquiring the competencies through experience?

  2. Supervision: What types of supervision were required? How many hours were acquired and what were the credentials of the supervisors?  Do the supervisors meet the competency standards for a Counselling Therapist?

  3. Direct Client Contact: What types of professional experience was required before certification was granted?

Beyond reviewing the competencies for the Expedited Route the Committee was also asked to consider the Intermediate and Regular Route requirements. The certifications being expedited should meet the Intermediate and Regular Route requirements. A hybrid of these characteristics was considered as the benchmark for the certifications to be expedited.

In December 2018, the Sub-Committee finalized a chart of requirements outlining the necessary qualifications for entry to the College and the appropriate route for each Association designation that was put forward for consideration.  This information was then presented to the FACT-Alberta Steering Committee for review and discussion.

We recognize that there are diverse routes to acquire professional learning and experience and these applications will be processed individually when applicants apply via the Intermediate Route to the College. It is our intent to support regulation for a diverse Counselling Therapy workforce in Alberta.  It is also important to ensure a high standard is being observed in order to continue to place public safety as paramount. Individuals who have been recommended to apply through the Expedited Route are encouraged to apply as soon as this entry method becomes available as this is a temporary route of entrance.

Associations:

Appropriate Route: Expedited

Appropriate Route: Intermediate

  • Alberta Association for Spiritual care (AASC)

CSCP, CPST

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  • Alberta Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

Clinical Fellow

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  • Association of Cooperating Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT)

MTC, RTC, ACC

RTCc, ACc

  • Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH)

-

RCCH

  • Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA-ACAT)

RCAT

PCAT

(Professional member)

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

CCC

CCC-Q

  • Canadian Professional Counselling Association (CPCA)

RPC, MPCC

RPC-C

  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)

REAT

-

  • North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA)

RDT

-

  • Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP)

CPC

-

  • The Music Therapy Association for Alberta (MTAA)

MTA

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The following requirements must be met for the Expedited Route, in addition to having achieved an approved certification:

  1. At least 750 currency hours in the three years prior to application; 500 of which must be completed in Canada;

  2. At least 450 hours of direct client contact (entire career);

  3. Criminal records check within one year of application including vulnerable sector check;

  4. A release of information consent;

  5. A good character and reputation letter;

  6. A notarized affidavit attesting to the accuracy of their application.

Approved Certifications - Addictions Counselling

In September 2018, a sub-committee of the FACT-Alberta Steering Committee consisting of addictions counsellors reviewed the various addiction designations provided by associations to Canadian addictions counsellors. The unique circumstances of not having an Alberta specific Addiction Counselling Association allowed this sub-committee to review certifications and designations beyond the represented membership of FACT-AB Steering Committee including Canadian Addiction Certification Federation (CACCF), Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC), Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC Global), and  Alberta Health Services’ designated position of Addiction Counsellor III and IV.  Due to AHS’s clear competency profile for these positions, hiring practice, and historic organisational training practice of providing ongoing addiction specific training through the CATS training program (AADAC) this sub-committee was able to determine that the Addiction Counsellor minimum competencies have been acquired within these designated positions within AHS.

Certification / Designation

Provided by:

CCAC, ICADC, ICCDPD, ICCAC, ICCS, CCCS

Canadian Addiction Certification Federation (CACCF)

CIWAW, CIAS I,II,III,IV, CICSA, CITLAS

Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)

CACII

Canadian Council of Professional Certification Global Inc. (CCPC Global Inc.)

Addiction Counsellor III & IV

Alberta Health Services (AHS)

We are aware that there are many addiction counsellors working within Alberta that do not hold an addiction counselling certification that has been recommended for expedited entrance into the college. We recognize diverse routes to acquire professional learning and experience and these applications will be processed individually during the Intermediate Entrance Route to the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta. It is our intent to support regulation for the diversity of our current Addiction Counselling Workforce in Alberta while ensuring competencies are being met. Individuals who have been recommended to apply through the expedited route are encouraged to apply as soon as this becomes available as this is a temporary route of entrance

The following requirements must be met for the Expedited Route, in addition to having achieved an approved certification:

• At least 750 currency hours directly related to addiction counselling in the three years prior to application; 500 of which must be completed in Canada;

• At least 450 hours of direct client contact; 225 hours of which must be directly related to addiction counselling (entire career);

• Criminal records check within one year of application including vulnerable sector check;

• A release of information consent;

• A good character and reputation letter;

• A notarized affidavit attesting to the accuracy of their application

*Hours of practice and knowledge for Addiction Counsellors must be directly related to scope and practice of Addiction counselling.

Child and Youth Care Counsellor Certification - Expedited Route

The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta presently has a certification process which has existed for decades. As the Child and Youth Care certification process moves to the College of Counselling Therapist of Alberta, those Child and Youth Care Counsellors that are presently certified should apply to Expedite into the College with a few additional requirements (see below). Those who are in process of certification when the College is proclaimed will be eligible to apply for the Intermediate Route. Those who have not started the certification process before proclamation or who will be graduates from accredited Child and Youth Care programs in Alberta will be eligible to apply to the Regular route.

We recommend that as soon as the application into the College of Counselling Therapists becomes available that those who are already certified with the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta apply for this temporary Expedited route. Once the College is proclaimed the Expedited route will not longer be available.

Once the College of Counselling Therapists of Alberta expedited route opens the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta will not longer oversee the certification process.

Additional requirements for Expediting into the College of Counselling Therapists:

1.     At least 750 currency hours directly related to Child and Youth Care Counselling within the last three (3) years prior to application, 500 of which must be completed in Canada (completion of currency hours chart)

2.     At least 450 Direct Client Contact hours, directly related to Child and Youth Care Counselling, over your career

3.     A Criminal and Vulnerable Sector check (within six (6) months of application)

4. Copy of existing Insurance coverage (personal or agency; minimum $2 million liability)

5. Professional Good Character reference (supervisor, other registered colleague)

6. Letter from current licensing/certification body attesting to your present standing

7. A release of information consent

8. A notarized affidavit attesting to the accuracy of their application.