About The College

Counselling Therapy has a proud tradition in Nova Scotia. In order to share knowledge and to promote the growing profession among the public, in 1993 a group of dedicated counsellors sought out colleagues from across the Province to form the Nova Scotia Association of Professional Counsellors. In 1995 the NSAPC became recognized under the Societies Act, and in 2006 changed their name to the Nova Scotia Association of Counselling Therapists (NSACT). In the years that followed, the NSACT leadership began to lobby government to move the association from a member-service organization to a self-regulating professional body responsible for serving and protecting the public interest. The Counselling Therapists Act was proclaimed on October 11, 2011 and the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) came to life. Today, more than 370 Registered Counselling Therapists (RCTs) practice throughout Nova Scotia under license of the College, providing safe, competent and ethical mental health services.

Oversite of the College is provided through a statutory Board of Directors, made up of elected members and government-appointed public representatives. The Board Executive is comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The remainder of the Board includes four Members-at-Large, three Public Representatives and the Executive Director/Registrar in a non-voting capacity. The statutory functions of the College are fulfilled by five statutory committees, and the work of the Board is supported by three additional non-statutory (ancillary) committees.

2020 NSCCT Annual report.

Statement on Anti-racism

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” – Angela Davis

The Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists is an anti-racist organization. We are committed to creating an environment where Black, Indigenous and people of colour employees and registrants are safe, valued and respected.  We are committed to examine and take action against the multifaceted nature of racism in Nova Scotia and Canada. Racism is dehumanizing to everyone it touches.

The values of Counselling Therapy are consistent with upholding and working toward social justice for all. The College and its registrants make-up a caring community; welcoming and respecting diversity and striving toward social justice. Racism must be examined beyond the actions of individuals in order to recognize how it is embedded in the fabric of society and its institutions.

We acknowledge that racism can be unconscious or unintentional, and that identifying racism as an issue does not mean that those involved are necessarily racist or that they intended the negative impacts of their behaviour. As we make this organizational commitment to anti-racism, the College vows to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of race and the impact they have on our organization, its people and the community. We will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct inequities in our policies and processes.

We are resolved to explicitly and publicly affirm our identity as an anti-racist organization.

We are resolved that our anti-racism efforts be reflected in the life and culture of the College through our policies and practices as we continue to learn about racism.

We resolve to develop and work to implement strategies that dismantle racism within all aspects of the College and among its practicing registrants.

Our goal is to create and maintain an environment where everyone working for, and working with, the College feels safe to discuss issues of race and racism and the impact it has within our organization and to our lives outside of work.

Organization Overview

Board of Directors

Chair — Ed Wohlmuth, RCT

Vice-Chair — Marian Burris-McDonald, RCT

Past Chair — Kimberly Strange, RCT

Treasurer — Nathan Torti, RCT

Secretary — Elizabeth Stephen, RCT

Member at Large — David Devine, RCT-C

Member at Large — Katherine Ilnitski, RCT

Member at Large — Brenda Johnson, RCT

Member at Large — Michelle Labine, RCT-C

Public Representative — Luke Pelot

Public Representative — Lisa Matthews

Public Representative — Trevor McGowan

Executive Director & Registrar — John Hubert (Ex-Officio)

Administrative Coordinator — Brittany Snow

Board of Directors Code of Conduct (PDF)

Board of Directors Conflict of Interest Policy (PDF)

Committees

Statutory Committees

These committees govern the function of the College and are required by law.

Registration Committee [RCT ACT 15 (1)] – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair – Vacant
  • RCT Member – Lisa Dexter, RCT (Acting Chair)
  • RCT Member – Derek Smith, RCT-C
  • Public Representative – Luke Pelot
  • Executive Director & Registrar – John Hubert (Ex-Officio)

Registration Appeal Committee [RCT ACT 20 (1)] – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair – Kim Burton, RCT-C
  • RCT Member – Mary Louise Grant, RCT
  • Public Representative – Lisa Matthews

Complaints Committee [RCT ACT 33 (1); 33 (5)] – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair – Lisa Matthews (public representative)
  • Vice Chair – Lauren Scott, RCT-C
  • RCT Member – Alison Arthur, RCT
  • RCT Member – Sara Lamb, RCT
  • RCT Member – Sue Ward, RCT
  • Ad Hoc Roster – unpopulated

Professional Conduct Committee [RCT ACT 43 (1); 43 (2) 43 (5) 43 (9)] – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair – Meaghan Chaffey, RCT-C
  • Vice Chair – Vacant
  • RCT Member – Daniel Van der Lans, RCT
  • RCT Board Member – David Devine, RCT-C
  • Associate Member – Wayne Maxwell
  • Public Representative – Vacant
  • Ad Hoc Roster – unpopulated

Reinstatement Committee [RCT ACT 50 (1)] – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair – Kimberly Strange, RCT-
  • RCT Board Member – Marion Burris-McDonald, RCT
  • RCT Board Member – Elizabeth Stephen, RCT
  • Public Representative – Vacant

Ancillary Committees

These are committees that directly support the work of the College.

Ethics and Practice Standards Sub-Committee – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair – Alison Arthur, RCT
  • RCT Member – Jeff MacDonald, RCT
  • RCT Member – Mary Norton, RCT
  • RCT Member – Karen Johnston-Hutchins, RCT
  • Public Representative – Trevor McGowan

Policy and Procedures Committee – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair Michelle Labine, RCT-C
  • RCT Member – Lori Slaunwhite, RCT
  • RCT Member – Davina Melanson, RCT-C
  • RCT Member – Vacant
  • Public Representative – Lisa Matthews
  • Executive Director & Registrar – John Hubert (ex-officio)

Public Engagement and Stakeholder Relations Committee – Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Chair – Marian Burris-MacDonald, RCT
  • RCT Member – Vacant
  • RCT Member – Vacant
  • RCT Member – Vacant
  • Public Representative – Lisa Matthews
  • Executive Director & Registrar – John Hubert (ex-officio)