Scope of Practice for ACCT Counsellors

The Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT) is a self-regulated professional association for counsellors and therapists incorporated under the Cooperative Associations Act of British Columbia. Members are regulated by the Code of Ethics and Practice Standards for ACCT. In this scope of practice, each time Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) is used it is understood to also include Master Therapeutic Counsellor and Registered Counselling Supervisor.


RTCs are dedicated to providing the highest standard of competent professional assessment, counselling, consulting, and training services. Members of the cooperative are committed to improving mental health through promoting the professional development of competent counsellors, advancing the practice of competency-based counselling and nourishing respect for human dignity and diversity. RTCs provide ethical, accountable and compassionate counselling to individuals, couples, groups and families.


1. RTCs assist clients through the experienced and ethical use of the therapeutic relationship to increase self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth.


2. The overall aim of counsellors is:


a.) To provide an opportunity for people to explore possible solutions to personal and interpersonal problems.

b.) To support people to resolve conflicts.

c.) To help people define goals.

d.) To support people to make decisions and move toward living a more satisfying and resourceful life.


3. Counselling relationships are unique to the individuals involved and counselling may be concerned with, but not limited to the following:


a.) Developmental issues.

b.) Addressing and resolving specific problems.

c.) Understanding of strengths and weaknesses.

d.) Making decisions.

e.) Coping with crisis.

f.) Developing personal insights and knowledge.

g.) Working through feelings of inner conflict.

h.) Restructuring feelings, beliefs and concepts.

i.) Improving relationships with others.


Counselling treatment includes, but is not limited to counselling, psychotherapy, behaviour modification, hypnotherapy, sex therapy, consultation, coaching, mediation, client advocacy, crisis intervention, and providing needed information and education to clients.


Counselling Services refers to one or more of the following:


1. Assessment, evaluation, and treatment of individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of settings using a wide variety of methods.


2. Interventions to facilitate optimum growth and functioning in client’s lives;

consultation and/or referral to appropriate client services which lie beyond the RTC’s areas of expertise.


3. Provision of supervision and/or consultation to RTCs (and other) professional practitioners, students and supervisees.


4. Program development, research, teaching and writing.


5. Testing, consulting, conflict resolution, mediation and coaching practices.


Each RTC has personal competencies within the ACCT's scope of practice, which are determined by their education, training and practice as defined in 3.7 of Code of Ethics and Practice Standards for ACCT.


RTCs are aware of their strengths and areas of competence. They communicate professionally, are sensitive to diversity and use an ethical decision making process.


They evaluate and strive to improve their professional performance, remain current and consistently grow as counsellors.


They confer with professional colleagues or ACCT to assist them when needed in order to provide the best quality of service to their clients.


Counsellors refer clients to specialists as required when issues are outside of their realm of competence or expertise.