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Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
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Winter 2012

In This Issue:

CaPS Resource Centre

Update to CCPA Members working in Québec: CCPA, Québec CCCs and Bill 21 By Lorna Martin, President of CCPA

Relevant Workshops


Dear Counselling Students & Recent Grads:

My name is Janice Tester, your Career Advisor at McGill CaPS.  CaPS is your Career Office where you can find help related to your career needs.  You can come and see me or another advisor to help you with you CV, cover letter, have a mock interview, or attend any of our workshops.  You will find more information on our services at www.mcgill.ca/caps.

For those of you graduating, congratulations! Did you know you are eligible to use our services for free for the next year? We hope to see you around!

CaPS Resource Centre

CaPS Resource Centre
Whether you are looking for information on a career, scholarship information, tips on resume writing, contact information in the industries, or specifics on a program of study, the CAPS Career Resource Centre is here for you!

CaPS subscribes to a number of publications and online services that may be of interest to counselling students.  

Careers in Counseling and Psychology for Masters Level Graduates: A Guide to Choosing the Right Career Path (2010)
A book for students enrolled in or considering a master’s degree in counselling and psychology.  The book is divided into 3 sections: Careers in counselling and psychology, working with families, and counseling competencies and professional development.  Topics covered from licensure and certification requirements to roles and responsibilities and best practices in the fields.

Your Career in Psychology: Clinical and Counseling Psychology (2006)
This book introduces students to the variety of forms that clinical or counseling psychology careers may take. Each chapter presents a career path, including an overview, advantages and disadvantages, and a profile of a psychologist who has chosen that path.

Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World (2004)
Career opportunities available for those who possess undergraduate and graduate degrees, focusing on the qualifications for different careers within psychology. Each chapter describes the types of careers available within specific areas of psychology.

Directory of Self-Help Groups in the Greater Montreal Area (2009)
A standardized and detailed description of approximately 74 self-help groups in Greater Montreal area.  Topics covered in the guide: Addictions, bereavement, caregivers, elderly people, family and personal relationships, violence, women, youth, mental and psychical health, and more.

Occupational Profiles

Working in Canada – Occupational Profile http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/
Specify a job title (e.g.: “Counsellor”) and a city or province in the search boxes to retrieve a full report that contains occupational information such as job description, salaries, job prospects, etc.

WetFeet – Psychology and Counseling (Occupational Profile) http://www.wetfeet.com/careers-industries/careers/psychology-and-counseling
An overview of career in Psychology and Counseling, including job outlook, career tracks and compensation.

A Guide to Psychology and its Practice – Clinical and Counseling and Licensure http://www.guidetopsychology.com/cln_cns.htm
Brief introduction of Clinical and Counselling Psychology.  The website also provides a list of additional resources at the bottom of the website.


Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) http://www.ccacc.ca
A national association of professionally trained counsellors engaged in the helping professions.  The website provides links to graduate programs, resources to students, and links to other professional associations (national, provincial, international).

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association http://www.cpca-rpc.ca/
A non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition of competence and professionalism in counseling and psychotherapy. The website offers a counselor directory, events and resources for counselors.

Canadian Psychological Association – Counselling Psychology http://www.cpa.ca/aboutcpa/cpasections/counsellingpsychology/
Contains downloadable newsletters, news updates, and award information relevant to counseling psychology.

Society of Counseling Psychology Division 17 http://www.div17.org/
Division 17 – Counseling Psychology promotes personal, educational, vocational and group adjustment in a variety of settings.  The website provides job opportunities and list of useful resources.

Quebec Counselling Association www.ccpa-accp.ca/en/qcahome
The Anglophone voice of Quebec counselling professionals.

Job Search Websites
Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal – emplois http://www.emplois.santemontreal.qc.ca/emplois.html
A search engine for job opportunities in Montreal.  You can also use this website to find a list of health institutions in Montreal.

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Update to CCPA Members working in  Québec: CCPA, Québec CCCs and Bill 21
By Lorna Martin, President of CCPA

It is a time of potential change for CCPA members in Québec. And change is stressful. CCPA understands how difficult it can be to know that change may be in the air with the advent of Bill 21 and yet not know how that may impact one’s livelihood. We have been actively monitoring the progress of Bill 21 through the legislative process, and have been working on your behalf to clarify the status of CCCs in relation to the impending enforcement of the Psychotherapy Act. In a nutshell, Bill 21 continues to exist as draft legislation. This means that to date no definitive answers are available on what the ultimate wording of the Psychotherapy Act will be, precisely when it will be enforced, and exactly what that will mean for our Canadian Certified Counsellors working in Québec. Here is what we DO know:

CCPA is a national, self-regulating body. It does not provide provincial certification nor does the ‘CCC’ designation fulfill the requirement of belonging to a provincial statutory regulatory body. According to the Canadian Constitution, no national organization can offer or claim to offer provincial credentials. Provincial certification is available ONLY through provincial regulatory college(s). Many of CCPA’s members hold provincial certificates and provincial licenses in addition to the national ‘CCC’ designation. For some members, the ‘CCC’ provides increased mobility across unregulated provinces and territories; for others it is a conscious decision to be recognized as part of a national network of professionally trained counsellors and psychotherapists.

Psychotherapy becomes regulated as a reserved title (psychotherapist) and reserved activity (psychotherapy) once Bill 21 is enforced in Québec. In a recent letter (August 17, 2011) to M. Dutrisac, President of the Office of Professions in Québec, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association indicated that it “has been studying the ongoing development of the amendments to the professional code in Québec and wonder if you might provide some direction on the recognition of acquired rights for our certified members in your province.”

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Workshops of interest to students in counselling

In general, the Career and Placement Service offers several workshops for students to approach the job search.  You will find the list of relevant workshops bellow.

  • Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia (Module 3) (Graduate Students)
    February 1st, 10:00am-11:30am - Brown Building, Room 3001

    This workshop will help you to prepare or revise your CV for the non-academic job search.

  • Self Assessment and Careers Outside Academia and Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not working (Module 1+2) (Graduate Students)
    February 7th, 2:00-4:00pm - Macdonald Campus, MS084

    This combined workshop will help you to explore your intrests, values, and skills so that you find a career you'll love outside academia as well as an in depth look at how to improve your networking skills.

  • Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia and Interviewing Theory (Module 3+4) (Graduate Students)
    February 10th, 2:00-4:00 - Macdonald Campus, MS084

    This combined workship will help you to prepare or reise your CV and will cover what to do before, during, and after a job interview.

    February 15th, 5:00pm - To be Announced

  • Interviewing Theory (Module 4) (Graduate Students)
    February 20th, 3:00-4:30pm - Brown Building, Room 5001

    This popular workshop covers what to do before, during, and after a job interview.

  • Speed Networking - Fast-tracking your Career (Boston alumni branch)
    February 21, 6:00pm - To be announced

  • One Stop Shop (Graduate Students)
    February 27th, 10:00-1:00pm - Brown Building, Room 5001

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    February 27th, 2:00pm - Brown 5001

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    March 2nd, 10:00 am - Brown 5001

  • Study and Go Abroad Fair
    March 3rd, 1:00pm - To Be Announced

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    March 6th, 10:00am - Brown 5001

  • Self Assessment & Careers Outside Academia (Module 1)
    March 9th, 10:00 - Brown 3001

  • LGBT Students: Heterosexism, Career Choice and the Workplace
    March 15th, 3:00pm - Brown 3001

  • Workshop #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    March 20th, 2:30pm - Brown 3001

  • Job Search Simplified: Networking or Not Working! (Module 2)
    March 21st, 3:00pm - Brown 3001

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    March 22, 10:00am - Brown 3001

  • Where to find Worldwide Work: Passport to Adventure
    March 26th, 2:00 - Brown 3001

  • Workshop #5 = Practice your Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    March 27th, 2:00pm - Brown 3001

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    March 28th, 2:00pm - Brown 3001

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    March 29th, 2:30pm - Brown 3001

  • Interviewing Theory & Practice (Module 4)
    May 14th, 10:00am - Brown 5001

  • MAC Intensive A: Self Assessment & Networking
    May 14th, 10:00am - Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building

  • Effective Job Applications for a Career Outside Academia (Module 3)
    May 18th, 3:00pm - Brown 5001



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