In this part of The Counsellor's Journey series, I answer followers' questions about the different professional colleges and associations that you are required and recommended to join post grad.
Once you have your degree in hand and want to practice counselling, you will have to apply for, follow and adhere to a strict set of rules outlined and managed by a professional college, under the regulations as stated by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Get excited.
Are you a part of a professional order? If so, was it difficult to apply to?
Once you finish school you will have to become a part of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. To learn more about the CRPO click here.
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association is optional but it's a great way for continuous learning and to feel connected with the mental health providers of our country. They also have awesome conferences every year that I find very useful and important to be a part of as a developing professional in the field. To learn more about the CCPA click here.
How did licensing go with the CRPO or CCPA? (I see that you have CCC, how did you get there if uOttawa is not accredited?)
uOttawa is an approved institution for the Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) designation through the CCPA, so the application is pretty straight forward. Mainly the application consists of submitting proof of your direct counselling hours, your courses and your skills learned.
The Faculty of Education, for which the Masters of Counselling Psychology program is managed, has not applied for accreditation for their students as of yet. This means that the application route to become a Registered Psychotherapist through the CRPO is lengthier.
If you do your homework and put aside all necessary paperwork (notably the course outlines) as you being and go through the program, the application process for both is relatively easy. If you attend an institution that is not accredited, the application for the CRPO is time consuming as you have to complete an extra section of the application called the Competencies Mapping Tool.