Good news!! The Mental Health Services Protection Act was introduced in the Alberta Legislature yesterday. If passed, it will create a new college of Counselling Therapy and set standards for Counselling Therapists, Addiction Counsellors and Child and Youth Care Counsellors. The Act would include the counselling profession in the Health Professions Act and provide Albertans with much needed safeguards to ensure the counselling services they receive are safe and effective.
I have been advocating for regulation of the profession for almost 15 years, for the last 4 years as Chair of FACT-Alberta.
We are very excited to see this long journey bring us to legislation and to celebrate this achievement with all 4000+ Counselling Therapists across the province.
The Mental Health Protection Act was passed on the third reading unanimously on December 5th. It has now also received Royal Assent.
What does this mean? Alberta is now..
5th province to regulate Counselling Therapists
3rd province to regulate Addiction Treatment Centers
1st province to regulate Child and Youth Care Counsellors
1st province to regulate Addiction Counsellors
This represents the end of a very long road of advocacy…and the beginning of much work ahead as we create the new Alberta College of Counselling Therapy and facilitate registration for over 4000 professionals. Updates on this process can be found on the FACT-Alberta website, or you may contact our Director, Nicole Imgrund, as she is Chair of FACT-Alberta (email@example.com).