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Scope of Practice & Ethical Obligations

February 1, 2013

To students and graduates of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

I write to you on my first day as Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences to bring to your attention the attached statement relating to ethical obligations for professional practice.

As you know we recently completed a mandatory 5-year external review of the MACP that involved submission of a comprehensive self-study and assessment by an expert panel. The directives that arose from the panel report required that we expedite changes to the MACP to meet all the provincial standards required by this credential and to make it clear that the MACP program does not, by itself, prepare graduates in any way to engage in differential diagnosis as part of their professional career. The revised MACP program that goes into effect in May 2013, does address these standards.

The panel also concluded that some students and graduates of the MACP may be unclear about the scope of practice associated with the program. The MACP prepares students for careers as professional counsellors, counsellor therapists or counselling psychologists. Students and graduates who want to engage in professional practice that includes formulating and communicating diagnoses must obtain additional knowledge, skills and formal training.

As you may know, before coming to Yorkville University, I was the Director of Internships and Practicum Training for MA and Ph.D. programs in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. I am also a registered counselling psychologist in Alberta and a member in good standing of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. As such, I have made a commitment to professional competency and integrity and the promotion of the public good within my domain of practice. The expectations of society are constantly evolving and consist of the rules and obligations set out in laws, legislation, codes of ethics and standards of practice. To make clear these expectations of MACP students and graduates, I call your attention to the attached statement on Ethical Obligations for Professional Practice.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind wishes as I begin my tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences. I am very excited about Yorkville University’s mission and delivery model and very enthusiastic about the revised MACP program that we have been communicating over the last several weeks.

Dr. Helen Massfeller
Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

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