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FACT-ALBERTA is an alliance of professional associations that represent counsellors and therapists practicing throughout Alberta.
The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta) is the provincial voice of member associations who are pursuing regulation and the development of the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta.
Counselling and counselling therapy mean assisting clients through the counselling relationship, using a combination of appraisal and assessment, mental health and human development principles, methods and techniques to achieve mental, emotional, physical, social, moral, educational, spiritual or career development and adjustment and well-being through the client’s lifespan.
Since the legislation was passed, FACT-Alberta has:
In Alberta, regulation is mandatory for professionals who are qualified to be regulated and providing health care services. Therefore, we expect over 4000 practitioners to apply for registration in the new College. If you are a practitioner, currently working as a Counselling Therapist, Addictions Counsellor, or Child and Youth Care Counsellor, we offer this information to help you understand what these changes mean for you and what work is being done on your behalf to establish the new College and prepare for registration.
The Federation has worked to establish a College of Counselling Therapists of Alberta under Alberta's Health Professions Act (HPA) to promote and ensure public protection, accessibility and accountability.
On December 11, 2018 our months of advocacy work came to fruition as the Mental Health Services Protection Act received Royal Assent creating a new College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta to oversee the practices of Counselling Therapists, Addictions Counsellors, and Child and Youth Care Counsellors.
FACT-Alberta was established to advocate for regulation of the profession in Alberta. Members of FACT-Alberta are practitioner associations, with the Steering Committee being comprised of representatives from these associations. In order for a college to be established, we were asked by the Alberta government to create a single association, the Association of Counselling Therapy Alberta(ACTA), which upon proclamation, will become the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (CCTA). Unlike FACT-Alberta, ACTA will be comprised of the individual practitioners who will follow the Expedited route into the new college.
All of the Steering Committee members of FACT-Alberta now sit as the Directors for ACTA, thus ensuring ongoing representation for all of the practitioner associations that are members of FACT-Alberta. An Executive has been elected and these individuals, along with other newly elected members and public representatives, will also form the first Executive Council of the new College.