Definition and Scope of Practice
Counselling Therapy is a relational process based upon the ethical use of specific professional competencies to facilitate human change. Counselling therapy addresses wellness, relationships, personal growth, career development, mental health, and psychological illness or distress. The counselling process is characterized by the application of recognized cognitive, affective, expressive, somatic, spiritual, developmental, behavioural, learning and systemic principles.
Scope of Practice
- Are attentive to and responds to diversity and inclusiveness;
- Work in the interest of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, communities, and the public-at-large;
- Work in the domains of cognition, emotion, expression, somatics, human development, behaviour, learning, and interactive systems;
- Promote mental health by developing and enhancing:
- personal, relational, sexual, career, and spiritual growth and well-being,
- personal awareness and resources,
- decision-making and problem-solving;
- Remediate or provide treatment for disorders in cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal, and emotional functioning;
- Apply specific and recognized evaluation and assessment methods;
- May also participate in supervision, education, training, consultation, research, diagnosis, and referral.