Counsellors at Nuway
Most of the counsellors at Nuway Counselling are Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) from the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Do you know what they are?
R.C.C. - Registered Clinical Counsellor
What is R.C.C.?
R.C.C. is a professional who has completed masters-level counselling education and has received classification as a Registered Clinical Counsellor from an association called BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). There are several necessary standard requirements that the counsellor needs to meet to become a member of BCACC (3).
What does it mean?
Counsellors at Nuway Counselling are R.C.C., which means their professionality is regulated and guaranteed by BCACC. The client’s benefits and confidential information are also protected.
How to become an R.C.C.?
The counsellor needs to complete masters-level counselling training in one of the five approved institutions in BC, which are: Alder University, City University, York University, SFU and UBC (3). The counsellor must also meet all the requirements to become a member of BCACC.
Differences between a R.C.C. vs Psychologist
Registered Clinical Counsellors have a minimum of a Master’s Degree, while Psychologists have a Doctor’s Degree
Psychologists can provide a diagnosis and assessment for mental health concerns while R.C.C. cannot
Counselling services provided by both RCC and Psychologists are not covered by MSP (4)
BCACC – BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
What is BCACC?
One of the most well-recognized designations in BC that helps counsellors to demonstrate their professional validity. It is an association that regulates R.C.C. practices and receives complaints regarding R.C.C.’s counselling service. It is also a counsellor community that allows counsellors to connect with one another that creates a province-wide client referral system (1).
What does it mean?
Seeing a counsellor who is a member of BCACC means that the counsellor’s professional accountability and adherence to high ethical standards are guaranteed. Clients can be transferred freely between counsellors because of the available large counselling community if needed (1). The differences between seeing a counsellor from BCACC and a counsellor from other associations are that BCACC requires a higher standard of education, clearer ethics training and more in-depth education than other associations in BC.
How to become a member of BCACC?
To become a member of BCACC, the counsellor needs to have a master’s degree from an accredited institution. For example, counselling, clinical or educational psychology, pastoral counselling, child and youth care, marital and family counselling...etc. A few required courses also need to be taken. If you would like to learn more, please click here. Also, 100 hours of clinical supervision and other requirements must be met. (2)
BC Registered Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) - https://bcacc.ca/members/member-info/member-benefits/
BC Registered Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) - https://bcacc.ca/members/member-info/eligibility/
BC Plan - https://bcplan.ca/resources/Documents/Career%20Path%20-%20Registered%20Clinical%20Counsellor.pdf
BC Children’s Hospital (Kelty Mental Health Resource Center) - https://keltymentalhealth.ca/what-difference-between-psychologists-and-registered-clinical-counsellors#:~:text=Psychologists%20have%20advanced%20training%20at,minimum%20of%20a%20Master%27s%20Degree