Part of the rebranding process we have undertaken at l’Association des psychothérapeutes du Québec (APQ) is to do outreach with other provincial associations representing professionals in psychotherapy and counselling. The benefits are multiple: creating a collegial atmosphere with peers; exchanging information about issues common across organizations; learning about the unique aspects of the field in other jurisdictions; and developing mutually beneficial strategies.
Most recently, Rosa Caporicci, the Board’s inter-provincial liaison organized a tele-conference with representatives from the New Brunswick Association of Counselling Therapists (NBACT), the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT), The Association of Registered Psychotherapists & Mental Health Professionals (Ontario – OACCPP), and the Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists in British Columbia (FACTBC).
During the discussion, the APQ learned that the legislative situation differs from province to province; for instance, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec have recently regulated psychotherapy—though Quebec distinguishes itself in protecting the “act” while Ontario and Nova Scotia opted for title protection—which the other two provinces are also pursuing. However, some of the issues affecting practitioners across the board are taxation, heightening the profession’s profile with the public, accessibility, both for practitioners and users, and third party insurance reimbursement.
Though solutions are not obvious given the complexity of legislative realities unique to each province, we believe joining forces to advance our common concerns may result in increased opportunities to achieve our goals. We will be continuing the conversation in the months to come, and will keep you abreast of developments.