The designation of Canadian Certified Counsellor is obtained through a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors whom CCPA recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, meeting of continuing education requirements, and adherence to a formal code of ethics and standards of practice. As a self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice, resources, and discipline for certified members related to matters of professional conduct.
Certification with CCPA is different from membership with CCPA. This distinction between membership and certification is for the benefit of the general public. Only certification represents a successful evaluation of a member’s qualification to practice.
Only counsellors and psychotherapists who are certified by CCPA are permitted to use the title “Canadian Certified Counsellor” and/or the acronym, “CCC.” They also receive a certificate which you should expect to see displayed at their place of work.
If you are unsure about a counsellor or psychotherapist’s qualifications and you would like to verify their professional standing as a CCC with CCPA, you may check to see if they are listed under Find a Canadian Certified Counsellor on the CCPA website. You may also feel free to contact us via email or telephone at 1.877.765.5565.
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