Counselling Therapists Regulations

Link to law: https://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/ctcounsther.htm

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Counselling Therapists Regulations
made under Section 12 of the

Counselling Therapists Act

S.N.S. 2008, c. 37

O.I.C. 2011-368 (October 11, 2011), N.S. Reg. 287/2011

Table of Contents

 

Interpretation

Citation

Definitions for Act and regulations

 

Registration, Licensing and Membership

Competence assessment

Information in Register

Categories of licences

Criteria for registration

Criteria for entry in the active-practising roster

Supervised experience

Entitlements of members in active-practising roster

Active-practising with conditions or restrictions roster

Term of licences other than temporary licences

Restrictions or conditions on a previous licence

Member struck from the Register [roster] if licence not renewed

Active-practising candidate roster

Entitlements of members in active-practising candidate roster

Entitlements of temporary licence holders

Expiry of temporary licences

Waiver by Registration Committee

 

Affiliated Members

Categories of affiliation

Retired member affiliation

Student affiliation

Associate affiliation

Honorary affiliation

 

Professional Conduct

Functions of Registrar

Additional information to Complaints Committee

Powers of Complaints Committee and disposition of complaint

Compliance with requirements of Complaints Committee

Preparing and tendering settlement proposals

Complaints Committee actions when settlement proposal referred

Professional Conduct Committee actions when settlement proposal referred

Settlement proposals and hearings

Consent revocation

Notice of hearing

Amendment of notice of hearing

Public notice of hearing

Attendance at a hearing

Hearing procedures

Compliance with requirement of Professional Conduct Committee

Respondent’s failure to attend hearing

Subpoenaed witness fees

Recording evidence at hearing

Preserving the evidence

Disposition by Professional Conduct Committee

Written decision of Professional Conduct Committee

Disclosing and publishing decisions and licensing sanctions imposed without hearing

Disclosing and publishing decisions and licensing sanctions imposed through hearing

Costs awarded after hearing

Application for reinstatement

Investigation on reinstatement application

Notice of reinstatement proceeding

Attendance at proceeding for review of reinstatement application

Reinstatement proceeding procedures

Decision of Reinstatement Committee

Costs of reinstatement proceeding

 Interpretation

Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Counselling Therapists Regulations.

Definitions for Act and regulations

2     (1)    In these regulations,

 

“Act” means the Counselling Therapists Act;

 

“active-practising candidate” means a person whose name is entered in the active-practising candidate roster ;

 

“competence assessment” means a process approved by the Board that uses themethods and tools described in Section 3;

 

“competencies” means the specific knowledge, skills and judgment required for acounselling therapist to be considered competent in a designated role and practicesetting;

 

“licensing year” means a 12-month period determined by the Board;

 

“notice of hearing” means the notice required by Section 44 of the Act;

 

“prescribed fee” means the applicable fee set out in the bylaws of the Board underSection 11 of the Act;

 

“Registration Committee” means the Committee appointed under Section 15 of theAct;

 

“supervisor” means a counselling therapist or other registered mental healthprofessional approved by the Registration Committee to supervise an active-practising candidate.

 

       (2)    In the Act and these regulations,

 

“counselling therapist candidate” has the same meaning as “active-practisingcandidate”;

 

“licence” is further defined to include an active-practising candidate licence and atemporary with conditions or restrictions licence.

 

       (3)    In clause 2(o) of the Act, “equivalent to the programs approved by the Board” meansa program that meets both of the following criteria:

 

                (a)    the program is obtained from a government-authorized degree-grantinginstitution in Canada or a degree-granting institution in another country that hasbeen recognized or authorized by a governmental or other authority approvedby the Board; and

 

                (b)    the program is subject to the oversight of a recognized external academicauthority recognized and approved by the Board.

Registration, Licensing and Membership

Competence assessment

3     (1)    The methods used in a competence assessment may include but are not limited tointerviewing, verification of documents, observation, reflective practice, self-assessments or testing.

 

       (2)    The tools used in a competence assessment may include, but are not limited to, chartaudits, self-assessments, written tests or live demonstrations of competencies.

Information in Register

4     In addition to the name of each person entitled to be registered, as required by subsection13(1) of the Act, the Register must contain all of the following information for eachmember:

 

                (a)    name and location of the school of counselling therapy attended;

 

                (b)    year the member graduated from the school of counselling therapy;

 

                (c)    date of entry in the Register.

Categories of licences

5     (1)    The following are the categories of licences:

 

                (a)    active-practising;

 

                (b)    active-practising with conditions or restrictions;

 

                (c)    active-practising candidate;

 

                (d)    temporary;

 

                (e)    temporary with conditions or restrictions.

 

       (2)    All information about the licensing status of persons in a roster must be available tothe public.

Criteria for registration

6     (1)    An applicant for registration must submit a completed application form together withthe prescribed fee along with proof that the applicant meets the registration criteria insubsection (2).

 

       (2)    In addition to completion of a counselling-therapy education program, as required bysubsection 16(1) of the Act, the following are the criteria for registration:

 

                (a)    successful completion of any registration examinations approved by the Board;

 

                (b)    no outstanding complaints or licensing sanctions against the applicant from anyjurisdiction where the applicant was previously practising counselling therapy;

                (c)    demonstration of proficiency in the English language in the manner required bythe Registrar;

 

                (d)    meeting the criteria for entry in any of the following rosters:

 

                         (i)     the active-practising roster in Section 7,

 

                         (ii)    the active-practising with conditions or restrictions roster in Section 10,

 

                         (iii)   the active-practising candidate roster in Section 14;

 

                (e)    successful completion of 1 of the following:

 

                         (i)     an ethics course as part of the counselling-therapy education programcompleted,

 

                         (ii)    an ethics workshop approved by the Registration Committee aftercompleting the counselling-therapy education program,

 

                         (iii)   an ethics exam as approved by the Registration Committee;

 

                (f)    successful completion of 1 of the following:

 

                         (i)     a supervised practicum or internship as part of the counselling-therapyeducation program completed, with a minimum of 120 practice hours ofdirect contact between the counselling therapist and clients,

 

                         (ii)    a supervised practicum or internship after completing the counselling-therapy education program, with a minimum of 120 practice hours ofdirect contact between the counselling therapist and clients and in asetting approved by the Registration Committee.

Criteria for entry in the active-practising roster

7     (1)    An applicant for entry in the active-practising roster must submit a completedapplication form together with the prescribed fee, along with proof that the applicantmeets the criteria in subsection (2).

 

       (2)    The following are the criteria for entry in the active-practising roster:

 

                (a)    the member is not currently subject to any disciplinary finding that wouldprohibit the practice of counselling therapy;

 

                (b)    the member has completed at least 2 years of supervised experience in thepractice of counselling therapy in accordance with Section 8;

 

                (c)    the member’s eligibility to practise counselling therapy is not subject to anyconditions or restrictions;

 

                (d)    the member has provided any information the Registration Committee requiresto establish that the member has the capacity, competence, capability andcharacter to safely and ethically practise counselling therapy;

 

                (e)    the member has provided any information the Registration Committee requiresto establish that Section 41 of the Act does not apply to the member;

 

                (f)    the member has completed the continuing-education credits required by theBoard;

 

                (g)    unless the requirement for professional liability insurance is waived by theRegistration Committee, the member has provided any information theRegistration Committee requires to establish that the member is covered byprofessional liability insurance in at least the minimum amount approved bythe Board.

Supervised experience

8     The 2 years of supervised experience required by clause 7(2)(b) must include at least 2000hours in the practice of counselling therapy as an active-practising candidate, with thefollowing minimum content:

 

                (a)    50 hours spent as direct contact hours with a supervisor;

 

                (b)    800 hours counselling with individuals, couples, families or groups.