British Columbia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Dear BCAMFT member,

Hello & Happy New Year:

    As I begin my position as President for on the board of directors, I want to thank you for placing your confidence in me. I trust that this will be a collaborative experience for all of us in the next two years and I look     forward to sharing this time with you. I would also like to thank Don Collett for all his work and energy as president in the past years. I know he will continue with us as past president and look forward to his guidance and wisdom.

    I would like to draw your attention to the following request from the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health has released a consultation paper which describes some of their ideas about reforming the regulation of the health professions in BC.  You can read the BCAMFT's Board of Directors submitted response to the government, as of January 7th, 2020.  

    You will find that we are generally in support of many of the proposed improvements, particularly changes which contribute to greater public safety, but we are less enthusiastic about the proposal for the governance structure.  We also urge the government to take this opportunity to bring Counselling Therapy under the (revised) health regulations, consistent with the mandate to provide expanded mental health services.

The government's consultation paper can be accessed here

There are two ways for you, as an individual, to provide feedback to the government regarding their request for consultation if you choose to do so.

1. an on-line survey can be accessed here 

2. If you feel motivated to make a more extensive written submission, you can email your response using the subject line 'Feedback - Regulating health professionals.'

We encourage you to support your association's  submission in whatever way is most effective for you.  When the entire profession of Counselling Therapy speaks coherently, our chances for inclusion as a regulated, title-protected profession are improved.

Thank you for your continued support.

Debora Deeter, President, BCAMFT

Roger Wells, Director, BCAMFT, Representative with FACTBC

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