FACTBC is a society of professional associations that represent counsellors and therapists practicing throughout British Columbia. Originally organized informally in 1997 as the Task Group for Counsellor Regulation (Task Group), the Federation was registered under BC’s Society Act in March 2014.
The Task Group for Counsellor Regulation was formed in late 1997 in response to the Health Professions Council (HPC)’s recommendation in its February 1997 report to the Minister of Health that counselling not be designated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) but some other form of regulation be developed.
The Task Group’s founding professional associations collectively represented approximately 2,500 counsellors throughout BC at that time. They included the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, BC Art Therapy Association, Music Therapy Association of BC, Canadian Counselling Association, American Association of Pastoral Counsellors, the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association, and the BC Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.
Since it was formed, the Task Group has completed a number of major projects in support of designation under the HPA, including the Counselling Therapist Competency Profile that has now been adopted by some other provincial regulatory Colleges. The Task Group has continued to work on projects that will be needed when counselling therapy becomes a fully regulated health profession in BC.
Over the years, the Task Group has welcomed other associations to attend the Task Group meetings so that all counsellors, therapists and potential members of the new College would have a voice in the ongoing dialogue about the regulation of counsellors in BC. The Task Group members approved the creation of the Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in BC in early 2014 to consolidate our long-standing association and consensus.
This document sets out the core principles adopted by the Federation as the preferred way to regulate counselling therapy in British Columbia, and describes the role of counselling professional associations in support of this initiative. Learn more…