Regulation Media and Press Releases


2015

Primetime Alberta: Regulating Counsellors

August 21, 2015

http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=668339

St. Albert Gazette: St. Albert Counsellor Sees Room for Mental Health Improvement

July 22, 2015

https://www.stalberttoday.ca/local-news/st-albert-counsellor-sees-room-for-mental-health-improvement-1289634


2016

St. Albert Gazette, May 28, 2016: "Regulation will Protect Vulnerable Albertans"

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/Regulation-will-protect-vulnerable-Albertans-20160528

Global Edmonton: Alberta Counsellors Call for more Regulation of Mental Health Counsellors

June 28, 2016

https://globalnews.ca/video/2793144/alberta-counsellors-call-for-more-regulation-of-mental-health-counselling


2017

FACT-Alberta Meeting with Minister Payne

 
 

2018

CBC Radio - Radioactive, Getting Quality Counselling

March 11, 2018

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Global News: Group Representing Alberta Counsellors and Therapists Calls for More Regulation of Profession

March 12, 2018

https://globalnews.ca/news/4079023/regulation-counsellors-therapists-health-politics-alberta/

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FACT-Alberta Press Release: With More Albertans Using Mental Health Services, Regulation of Counsellors is Needed Now!

March 12, 2018

With More Albertans Using Mental Health Services, Regulation of Counsellors is Needed Now!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2018 (Edmonton, Alberta) – The Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta) finds it promising that the Speech from the Throne addressed many social and mental health issues currently facing Albertans. The Government has promised to continue addressing the opioid crisis, expand counselling services to sexual abuse survivors, and increase quality and safety of public services to protect the most vulnerable. However, to accomplish these goals, FACT-Alberta continues to stress the importance of regulating counselling services in Alberta. 

“As it stands, anyone can call themselves a counsellor in Alberta. There is no regulation. No higher board or college to regulate the profession” said Nicole Imgrund, Chair of FACT-Alberta and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. “It’s imperative that as the Government moves forward with promising and offering more counselling services, that Counsellor Therapists are regulated under a college.”

Not regulating this profession is problematic for many reasons such as: lack of boundaries between the Counselling Therapist and the client, breach of privacy, incompetency in the counselling, and poor business or pricing practices. Any and all of these risks can create significant harms to those seeking help and can have lasting adverse effects on the patients’ mental health. 

“We need to ensure that our children are getting appropriate mental health services from regulated counsellors. We need to ensure that the survivors of sexual violence are being supported by regulated Counsellors Therapists who are accountable to a code of ethics and standards of practice, and have the advanced training that would allow them to counsel in complex situations” continued Ms. Imgrund.

FACT-Alberta launched an advocacy campaign on Tuesday to regulate counselling therapy in Alberta after finding out that the Government has decided not to prioritize the regulation of counselling for legislation in the next year. In three days, Counselling Therapists and concerned Albertans have sent over 900 letters to their MLAs and to Minister Hoffman and Associate Minister Payne, a number that only keeps growing each hour. 

“With the increased openness to talk about mental illness and a decrease in the stigma surrounding seeking help, more Albertans are using the services of therapists and counsellors. We need to ensure that they are getting help from regulated professionals. We hope the Government will listen to its citizens”. 

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The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta) is the provincial voice of member associations who are pursuing regulation and the development of the Alberta College of Counselling Therapists under Alberta's Health Professions Act (HPA) to promote and ensure public protection, accessibility and accountability.

For more information or for media inquiries, please contact:

Nicole Imgrund

780.953.5649 | nicole@riversedgecounselling.com 

Global News Morning: Higher Demands for Mental Health Services Spurs Calls for Counselling Regulations

March 14, 2018

https://globalnews.ca/video/4082376/higher-demands-for-mental-health-services-spurs-calls-for-counselling-regulations

FACT-Alberta Meeting with Minister Payne

March 14, 2018

 

 
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A Call to Regulate Counselling Therapists in Alberta

Alberta Primetime

March 15, 2018

https://alberta.ctvnews.ca/a-call-to-regulate-counselling-therapists-in-alberta-1.3845172

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Edmonton Journal

Opinion: Mental health professionals in Alberta need regulation

March 29, 2018

https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-mental-health-professionals-in-alberta-need-regulation

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FACT-Alberta Press Release

FACT-Alberta Held Press Conference on Steps of Alberta Legislature: MLA endorsements from three political parties 

April 5, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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FACT-Alberta Held Press Conference on Steps of Alberta Legislature: 

MLA endorsements from three political parties 

April 5, 2018 (Edmonton, AB) – The Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta) held a press conference today on the steps of the Alberta Legislature with three MLA Champions to urge the NDP government to commit to legislation this year to regulate counselling therapy in Alberta.  Nicole Imgrund, Chair of FACT-Alberta was accompanied by three MLA Champions, who all gave statements of support: Marie Renaud from St-Albert (NDP), Dr. David Swann from Calgary-Mountain View (Alberta Liberal Party), and Karen McPherson from Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill (Alberta Party).

“No matter who we talk to in Alberta, everyone is shocked when we tell them that counselling is not regulated in Alberta” said Nicole Imgrund. “This means anyone can claim to be a counsellor. There are no common standards of practice, code of ethics, or regulatory body to investigate complaints. Without a regulated title that guarantees these basic safeguards, vulnerable people who seek counselling services are on their own to make sure the person they are turning to for help is competent and safe.”

With a decrease in the stigma surrounding seeking mental health services, more and more Albertans are turning to counsellors. In Budget 2018, released on March 22, the Alberta government dedicated $87 million to addictions and mental health in 2018-19. FACT-Alberta stresses that as more funding for counselling services is being provided by the provincial government, they should put in place safeguards to ensure that those seeking help are doing so by regulated, professional, and accountable counsellors.

“It is estimated that there are more than 5000 unregulated counsellors in Alberta. This is a significant gap in the healthcare system” continued Ms. Imgrund. “We have multi-partisan support. I am thankful that Ms. Renaud, Dr. Swann, and Ms. McPherson joined me today to show that this an issue that has broad support across all parties. We now need the Government to commit to legislation after their consultation process is completed in 8 weeks.” 

FACT-Alberta launched a very successful grassroots letter writing campaign to all MLAs and the Health Ministers in March which has already generated over 5,100 letters to Members.

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The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta) is the provincial voice of member associations who are pursuing regulation and the development of the Alberta College of Counselling Therapists under Alberta's Health Professions Act (HPA) to promote and ensure public protection, accessibility and accountability.

For more information or to book an interview, please contact:

Nicole Imgrund

Telephone: 780.953.5649

Email: nicole@riversedgecounselling.com

 
 


Member Statement by MLA Marie Renaud

 
 

FACT-Alberta Meeting with Minister Sarah Hoffman and Art Therapist Teresa Zip 

April 6, 2018

 
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St. Albert Gazette

Regulation of counsellors urgently needed

April 11, 2018

https://www.stalberttoday.ca/columns/regulation-counsellors-urgently-needed-1298389


Bill 30: The Mental Health Services Protection Act

Bill 30 - Legislature Clips

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuL4FYnfPj0DQPMqiR8rv3FyTE174m1tQ

CTV - Province Proposes Counselling Regulatory Body

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1550780


Global News - Support For Families With Addictions in Alberta 

November 27, 2018

https://globalnews.ca/video/4705568/support-for-patients-with-addictions-in-alberta


 
 


Bill 30 Press Conference 

Nov. 27, 2018

https://soundcloud.com/your-alberta/addiction-and-mental-health-services-bill-nov-27-2018

CBC.CA News

Alberta wants to regulate counsellors, private addiction treatment centres

Nov. 27, 2018

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-regulate-counsellors-addiction-centres-1.4923074

St. Albert Gazette

Province to regulate therapy services

Nov. 27, 2018

https://www.stalberttoday.ca/local-news/province-to-regulate-counsellors-1300269


edmontonjournal.com

Watch: Protection for People Seeking Addiction and Mental Health Services

Nov. 28, 2018

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/watch-protection-for-people-seeking-addiction-and-mental-health-services


FACT-Alberta Press Release: Safer Mental Health Services for Albertans: Legislation Introduced to Regulate Counselling Therapy, Addictions Counsellors, and Child and Youth Care Counsellors

November 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Safer Mental Health Services for Albertans: Legislation Introduced to Regulate Counselling Therapy, Addictions Counsellors, and Child and Youth Care Counsellors

(Edmonton, AB) November 27, 2018 – The Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta) is pleased with the Government of Alberta’s decision to move forward with the introduction of legislation to regulate counselling therapists in Alberta. 

As it stands, anyone can call themselves a counsellor and provide mental health services without proper training. This legislation will result in a College of Counselling Therapy to oversee the practices of Counselling Therapists, Addictions Counsellors, and Child and Youth Care Counsellors. 

“We are very happy with the Government’s decision to move forward with legislation” said Nicole Imgrund, Chair of FACT-Alberta and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. “We have been working with the Government for years, and have ramped up our efforts over the last year to convince the government that this legislation is much needed and much overdue. The Government has been very supportive of our position and this legislation is evidence that is shares our priority to provide vulnerable Albertans with the safeguards needed to ensure they receive safe and effective counselling services.

“We’ve had some tremendous support in government for these changes, including Minister Sarah Hoffman, MLA Brandy Payne, MLA Marie Renaud, and MLA Debbie Jabbour. We are also appreciative of the bipartisan support we have received, including Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann and Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson” continued Imgrund.

Regulation currently exists in 4 provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia) and in all 50 states in the United States. Regulation protects Albertan’s from the various harms that can come from an unqualified and untrained person practicing in this space. From poor business practices, to incompetency in providing services, to lack of a formal code of ethics or standards to abide by, the risks can be many to unsuspecting clients who need help. 

“As more Albertan’s are seeking mental health services than ever before, this piece of legislation comes at a good time. It will ensure that Albertan’s are seeking help from qualified professionals” continued Imgrund. 

“As a certified counsellor myself, I know first-hand the devastation clients and families have had from seeking mental health services from untrained and uneducated people claiming to be counsellors. Albertan’s will have peace of mind that counsellors they turn to for help will have the necessary qualifications, ethics guidelines, and higher authority to be accountable towards.” 

Legislation has been introduced in the Assembly entitled The Mental Health Services Protection Act and will go through the normal legislative process. FACT-Alberta hopes for a good dialogue among all parties to discuss this legislation and a speedy adoption into the Health Professions Act. 

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The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta) is the provincial voice of member associations who are pursuing regulation and the development of the Alberta College of Counselling Therapists under Alberta's Health Professions Act (HPA) to promote and ensure public protection, accessibility and accountability.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Nicole Imgrund

 nicole@riversedgecounselling.com

(780) 953-5649 


St. Albert Gazette

Regulation dreams in reach for local counsellor

Dec. 1, 2018

https://www.stalberttoday.ca/local-news/regulation-dreams-in-reach-for-local-counsellor-1300295

FACT-Alberta Letter to Member Associations

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Jesse Reichenstein