The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national bilingual association providing professional counsellors and psychotherapists with access to exclusive educational programs, certification, professional development and direct contact with professional peers and specialty groups.
CCPA promotes the profession and its contribution to the mental health and well-being of all Canadians. As the profession’s advocate, we strengthen our mandate to remain the leading association for counselling and psychotherapy in Canada. We strive to increase awareness about the role of the profession in all healthcare, educational and industry sectors. CCPA supports cultural diversity and the importance of foreign-trained healthcare professionals in mental health. In our ongoing advocacy role, CCPA, with Government of Canada funding, improves labour mobility, and assessment and recognition of foreign-trained health care professionals.
Our membership includes experts and specialists in numerous mental health areas ranging from ADHD and learning disabilities; marriage counselling; eating disorders; stress, depression, and anger; grief and infertility; weight management and body image; addiction; Aboriginal issues; family counselling; career development and management, and much more. As a member of CCPA, you have access to the latest research and scholarly practices in the profession, job opportunities, potential clients, and the latest news on regulations and developments in counselling and psychotherapy. You are part of a professional group of the most qualified peers in Canada.
The Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association National Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of CCPA is a policy board. There are thirteen elected Directors representing all provinces and territories of Canada. Starting in 2014, an annual appointment of an Aboriginal representative to the CCPA Board of Directors took place. The Executive of the Association is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Past President, Treasurer and the Chief Executive Officer. Together, these professionals conduct research and outreach, and function as stewards of the Association. They are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the policies, procedures, initiatives, and advocacy work of the Association are aligned with the best interests of our members and the public.
The Board of Directors is the direct link to the voice of our CCPA membership. As elected officials, they bring to the table the concerns, interests and contexts of counselling and psychotherapy professionals across the country. In addition to the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors consists of one representative per region, except in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario where there is one Francophone Director and one Anglophone Director from each province. The Director for British Columbia also represents the Yukon, the Director for Alberta also represents the North West Territories, and the Director for Manitoba also represents Nunavut. The Director of a region must have their primary residence or workplace in the region that they serve. The Chief Executive Officer of CCPA is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors. It was my priviledge to serve as the Regional Director for BC/YK for the period 2015-2017.