Report explores counselling services in Ontario colleges

December 3, 2012

The Ontario College Counsellors has published an initial report on an analysis of counselling services at provincial colleges. Conducted during the 2011-12 academic year, the study was designed to provide a comprehensive description of counsellor characteristics, determine how counselling is delivered in the colleges, identify models to counselling delivery, identify strengths and weaknesses associated with each model, and develop realistic guidelines that incorporate ethical practice, professional regulatory requirements, and fiscal realities. The report found that system growth has outpaced counsellor complement by 6 times between 2007 and 2012, that upcoming regulation of psychotherapy is seen as a positive development by both counsellors and counselling managers, and that the counsellor role has "narrowed," potentially putting the concept of holistic student development at risk. OCC website | Report