WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!

Dear Members,
We are reaching an exciting time with proclamation nearing. If you are certified and have not yet registered with ACTA now is the time to do so. There is a deferral of some of the fees for a period of time right now as well, making it the perfect time to get registered to be ported over as soon as the College is proclaimed.
Thanks,
Michelle Briegel, M.Ed, Certified CCYCC
President
The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS

It has been 16 months since the Mental Health Services Protection Act was passed in the legislature. As a result of this act, the professions of Counselling Therapy, Addictions Counselling and Child and Youth Care Counselling are to be included in the Health Professions Act (HPA), and a new College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (CCTA) will be proclaimed to oversee these professions. Since the act was passed, ACTA has been actively building the college and processing applicants through the Expedited Route. We have also been engaging with Alberta Health and the government to determine a timeline for the proclamation of the CCTA. With the consultation documents prepared, and our work plan for college development progressing well, ACTA is eager for the college to be proclaimed, so that the protections for the public which we have spent years advocating for will finally be in place.

We are pleased to share that we recently received two significant pieces of communication regarding the government’s commitment to regulation and the timeline. We wanted to share parts of this communication with you:

On March 26, 2020, Leanne Wagner, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Workforce Planning and Accountability Division, Alberta Health, stated: “I assure you that regulation of your profession is important, and government is proposing to move regulation forward in fall 2020; however, adjustments may be necessary depending on how matters proceed. Mr. Andrew Douglas, Director, Health Professional Regulation Unit, Alberta Health will keep you updated on the status of your regulation.

On May 28, 2020, Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro stated: “I appreciate the importance of regulating counselling therapists, addiction counsellors and child and youth care counsellors, and I have directed Alberta Health to prioritize this work. Please continue working with Andrew Douglas, Director, Health Professional Regulation Unit, Alberta Health. Mr. Douglas will be able to advise you on timelines going forward.
 
We have since consulted with Mr. Douglas regarding the next steps and understand that his team is preparing for the stakeholder consultation. We will continue to offer our support to Alberta Health in any way which is helpful. It is our hope that this next very important step will be initiated by Alberta Health this summer. In the meantime, buoyed by the good news of the government’s willingness to prioritize regulation, and the hope of a fall proclamation, the ACTA Board will continue to work hard on behalf of our members and the public to ready the college for opening. 
  
As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. 

Linda Sahli, Registrar
registrar@acta-alberta.ca

Nicole Imgrund, Board Chair
On behalf of the ACTA Board

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A crucial step towards proclamation of the new college is getting as many Counselling Therapists, Addictions Counsellors and Child & Youth Care Counsellors as possible under one umbrella, which is ACTA. We understand that cost may be prohibitive to many that wish to apply to ACTA through the Expedited Route, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we recently launched a COVID-relief fee deferral plan, allowing applicants to defer their registration payment until proclamation (which we anticipate for fall), or April 2021, whichever happens sooner. 

Apply now to the Expedited Route to become one of the first registrants of the College of Counselling Therapy upon proclamation! 

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