Thanks for visiting my page. Through the time that I have been practicing I have come across very valuable resources regarding therapeutic approaches, registration, associations, etc. and I would like to use this venue to share these resources with you. Feel free to share this site with other colleagues or even clients if you think they can benefit from the resources I have gathered in this site.
Before you start your counselling practice in Alberta you need to make sure you have insurance. Most colleges and associations will require you to have a minimum 2 000 000 liability. Shop around for the best options. Your association might have some companies with which they deal on a regular basis, it is a great way to star.
The CCPA is the association that oversees most Canadian counsellors and psychotherapists. Starting with membership is a good idea and later you can decide if you continue down the path of certification. Please understand that certification and registrations are not the same things. Certification means that you have the credentials in order to practice the profession. The CCPA website is a wealth of information regarding tools, seminars, continuing education credits and much more. Also if you become a member, make sure you also register for the Alberta/NWT chapter as it is a great way to connect with colleagues and stay informed of what's happening in our province
The Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta (ACTA) is on its way to becoming the College of Counselling Therapists of Alberta. This would be the association regulating your practice as a counsellor in the province. The College has not been proclaimed yet but once it does the title of counsellor will become protected and only those who meet the Entry-to-practice competencies will be allowed to use the call themselves Counselling Therapist, Addictions counsellor and Child and Youth Care counsellors.
If you are planning on opening your own private practice, you might need a license from the city of Calgary. It is a simple process but might be necessary one given the nature of our line of work. We are considered medical professionals
Supervision is a process in which a supervisor engages with a supervisee to discuss the direction of therapy services you offer to your clients. This relationship promotes professional growth, personal reflection and self-awareness. I provide supervision for applicants looking to certified with teh CCPA and possibly in the future I might be able to offer supervision for those wanting to register with the CCTA. For more information email
Online counselling has become a very convenient way to connect and help clients. However, picking up the phone or using FaceTime might not be all there is to it. Inform yourself regarding privacy and client protection laws so that you are compliant (PHIPA, PIPEDA, FOIP, etc.)
Attending a seminar or a presentation might be a good idea and you could even possibly use it as a continuing education credit :)
Positive Psychology is a website that explores the ins and outs of the theory and provides mental health professionals with plenty of articles, resources, handouts for clients and much more.
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As the name says it, this site has all sort of handouts that can be used for homework for your clients. They have a great selection of worksheets, in several languages.
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Gottman Institute has over 35 years of research on couples, families and child-rearing. They frequently post articles and training dates that might be of your interest
Psychology Today provides you with interesting articles from psychology professionals as well as allows you to be part of the directory of professionals in your area. For more details Click here
I can't rave enough about this podcast. Listen to Scott Barry Kaufman (one of my favourite people on earth) experts as they discuss so many different areas of our line of work. You can access it everywhere you listen to podcasts or by clicking HERE
The host Xavier Katana will lead you through a conversation about human behaviour, learning and so much more. Click here to access their page
Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, shape our choices and direct our relationships. Click HERE to access their site
Regardless of your area of specialization, I think you will come around a client who is experiencing issues with attachment and/or parenting. This book will help.
This book helps parents understand the phenomenon known as "peer orientation" and provides solutions to restore the intuitive child-parent bond to its rightful preeminence.