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Psychology TodayCanadian Professional Counselors Association Members Get 6 Months Absolutely FREE!

Psychology Today's Therapy Directory and The Canadian Professional Counselors Association are offering you the chance to start getting new clients. Simply sign up for The Therapy Directory using the promotional code "CPCA" when prompted and you'll get 6 months absolutely FREE. That's a value of almost $180! Click here

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario 

Please follow the link below for a video seminar related to applying to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

The clip is just over an hour long, and sheds some light on the College’s membership process.

Watch the Video Seminar

The website CRPO website can be found below for further information

CRPO staff can be reached at 1-888-661-4801 or 416-862-4801 for further information. Alternately, their email address is

2011 Utendale Legal Commentary

2011 Utendale Legal Commentary

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Mr. Bryce have agreed to allow the CPCA to post the Utendale case legal commentary at the Association's website. All rights in this Commentary remain with the BCACC and Mr. Bryce.

Liability Insurance

MCF LogoThe Professional Insurance Program for CPCA administered through McFarlan Rowlands so we would like to take this opportunity to clarify the benefits of our program. In a free marketplace there are other providers that appear from time to time and seem to offer attractive rates and coverage only to disappear within a year or two. At this time it is important to review briefly our present insurance program.

McFarlan Rowlands developed and initiated our program over 20 years ago when there were no other insurance options available. Our program is designed specifically for the CPCA and its members and over time it has been adapted to cover all therapeutic modalities recognized by our association and performed by our members. The program also covers all clients of CPCA members regardless of age and interns pay the same premium as full members. Also as some of our members may be treating clients south of the border the policy was extended to cover both Canadian and US citizens.

Some of the other benefits offered by the CPCA program are:

  • Coverage for e-therapy
  • Coverage for copyright infringement
  • Free legal advice
  • Group benefits options (eg. Life insurance, Income Protection, Office Overhead, Personal Accident)

By comparison the other program takes a "one size fits all" approach for 'Canadian Therapy' and includes more than seventy (70) therapeutic activities. Most of these activities are not practised by our members yet the program excludes some activities that members do practise. For example, it covers kinesiology, acupuncture, and registered massage therapy yet excludes Marriage & Family Therapy and Addiction Counselling. Finally this "one size fits all" approach means that claims from all these activities are pooled together and as a result the premium paid by CPCA members will be impacted by the claims from all these other activities.

In short we believe that the McFarlan Rowlands CPCA professional insurance program provides the best insurance protection and the best value for our members.

We do however, understand the importance of keeping costs down and we are pleased to have negotiated a rate decrease of 15% for all members. This was possible due principally to our outstanding claims history and our competency-based requirements for membership. In addition and perhaps more significantly in recognition of our long standing relationship with McFarlan Rowlands and their relationship with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association these new rates ($190 for the 1 Million limit , $225 for the 2 Million limit and $290 for the 5 Million limit) are guaranteed for three years.

"I have had a chance to review the CPCA's loss ratio as well as some general malpractice claims information. In the mental health field the most common malpractice claims are usually allegations of some form/type of professional incompetence or misconduct. As you can appreciate, in an opinion-based profession their will always be those who disagree with the opinion given and in turn seek compensation. Likewise, the most common general liability claims stem from allegations of libel or slander. Ninety percent of the time these claims never make it to court, but the legal expenses can be quite substantial. While some claims are unavoidable, the CPCA have been fortunate enough to remain virtually claims free since the program's inception. This reflects your association's high level of standards, as well as your member's competency."

Liability Insurance Program

Liability Insurance Application

Paul Hancock, CAIB
McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers
380 York Street,
London ON N6B 1P9

What is "Hidden Discrimination" in the Counselling Profession?

Hidden Discrimination is more difficult to identify due to its less direct or even invisible nature. However, this discriminatory behavior is just as harmful because of the unfair treatment of qualified counsellors. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act reveals that this discrimination may have happened when the Provincial government recently passed Bill 201. Secretive lobbying and little public consultation by a special interest group professed "public protection," under the hidden agenda of "market share". The result of this lobbying initiative has resulted in the passing of legislation, thankfully, this legislation has not been proclaimed. Similar legislation is being proposed in New Brunswick.

One example of this type of discrimination is when an employer (e.g. government or private employer), insurance company, or EAP demands a certain level of education when the job does not require it. The employer may require a particular counselling association with a particular education level when the job does not require that. These requirements discriminate unfairly against counsellors from counselling associations who may not have a particular education or credential and are qualified for the job. In Nova Scotia and other Provinces the Human Rights Act supports that Counsellors have the right to be free from discrimination if you are a member of another professional association (e.g. the CPCA).

Sources: Provincial Human Rights Acts, CPCA research

Why does Canada have a Shortage of Mental Health Workers?

  • Access to mental health services have been hindered by the traditional mental health model.
  • Provincial governments like Nova Scotia have been misled by special interest groups by the creation of legislation (Bill 201, credentialing regulation) that further limits access to mental health services.
  • Limited access to affordable mental health training programs has discouraged candidates from entering the mental health field.
  • This model has caused provincial governments to not meet the mental health needs in the lower and middle income populations because of credentialing and being a "low priority".
  • Insurance companies and EAP providers have not met the mental health needs in the private sector because of credentialing and limiting sessions and (or) low level payment for services.
  • Academic communities (e.g. Universities) have promoted high standards to higher credentialing (instead of competency)in mental health training
  • Academic communities have associated "public safety" to higher credentialing instead of competency.
  • Credential based Counselling Associations have lobbied for provincial regulation throughout Canada for a minimum Master's level credential, which would promote limited access to services.

Why a competency based mental health program?

  • Allows for greater flexibility in the delivery of mental health services in rural, inner city, and small communities.
  • This model may allow for a competent and cost effective delivery of services in all communities.
  • This model may allow for more access to mental health services therefore creates an earlier intervention and identification of mental health issues.
  • This model may reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues by creating more availability of information and services in all communities.
  • This model may promote mental health issues as a higher priority by private and public agencies as a result of being more cost effective and easier access to services.

Sources: WPA journal, CPCA research, Comp Bureau study 2007

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The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association is dedicated to the recognition of competence and professionalism in counselling and psychotherapy.