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.