Current as of September 2012
Title - Counselling Therapist
Regulatory Authority - Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists
Type of Regulation - Title Protection
Indirect Client Hours
Duties related to a counselling practice – in administration, case note preparation, in-servicing, research as noted in the NSCCT Definition of Therapeutic Counselling.
Direct Client Hours
Hours in direct client counselling in personal, couple, family or group settings.
Supervision of Candidates has three components:
Candidacy Supervisors must have their Registration, Masters level degree (as a minimum), and have been active practicing members of their profession for a minimum of three years in Nova Scotia after having attained their professional Registration or License.
They must currently have active practicing status with their regulatory body in Nova Scotia.
Individuals who are not registered with the NSCCT will be considered by the Registration Committee on a case by case basis.
Supervisors in administrative relationships to the Candidate, whose position involves evaluating job performance or assessing case management, are not suitable for evaluating the quality of therapy given to a client.
Supervised Counselling Practicum with a minimum of 120 hours of direct client counselling - (compulsory) - Involves professional development and supervised practice in a counselling context. Students are expected to be involved in direct work with clients (individual, family, and/or group counselling) under the supervision of a qualified professional. It is strongly recommended that at least 20 hours of direct client counselling is offered in group settings. These hours may include co-facilitation experiences.
At least 120 hours (150 hours by September 1, 2013) of direct client contact1 are required in a supervised practicum. It is strongly recommended that at least 20 of the direct client contact hours are in group settings. These hours may include co-facilitation experiences.
Scope of Practice
The practice of counselling therapy" means rendering to individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, corporations, schools or other institutions, government agencies or the general public a service that integrates diverse models of human behaviour, such as clinical, pathology, wellness, cross-cultural and other recognized models through a combination of counselling, appraisal and assessment, consulting, referral and research.
Supervised practicum/ internship (within or beyond educational preparation program). Supervised practicum with 120 direct client hours.
RCT Candidate :
Proficiency in English.
Criteria for Registration
(Disclosure of information requirement):
12 hour requirement per year (6-hour carry-over per year).