SELECT Committee Reports
“It’s important to find a nice balance between good technical governance and appropriate board room culture. If it feels right it probably is right. A happy board room gets stuff done.”
2019 was a year of basic foundational work of governance matters that included: review of Committee and Board Terms of Reference; revising forms of the nominations process; refining a Board Survey to be more focused and hence more meaningful and effective; policy development; development of a Board evaluation plan; identification of topics for periodic Board governance education, and overseeing development of a Board Orientation Manual.
Get the committee organized and functional.
We differentiated the nominations process piece and handed this along to a formalized Nominations Committee so the Governance Committee could focus on other aspects in its terms of reference. The Executive Director worked with a consultant to develop the Board Orientation Manual.
Establishment of separate Nominations and Governance Committees; refinement of the Board Survey which happens yearly; development of three tools for a Board evaluation process (meeting, Director and chair components) and received the Board Orientation Manual.
“Supporting the membership through development of ethics resources.“
The Ethics Committee has worked to support the membership through the development of ethics resources that are presented and formatted in a way that are user-friendly, are interconnected with other standards and the Code of Ethics, and to provide breadth of ethics resources to increase awareness and opportunities for self-education.
2019 Goals for the Ethics Committee
Recruit new members for the Committee.
Review the code of Ethical Conduct for currency and user-friendliness.
Consider differing standards between public and private practice issues.
Inform creation of an ethics component for member orientation and other training.
Format documents for ease of accessibility and to promote utilization of resources and links.
Process of Ethics Committee to pursue these goals
A call was put out to the membership for openings on the Ethics Committee, resumes were received, alignment with the Ethics Committee’s vision and goals were considered, interviews were held, and three new members joined the Ethics Committee.
The Committee continued to review standards that were the subject of many member concerns, within the context of needing to review all standards and the Code.
The Committee realized that in order to conduct a thorough review and not duplicate work already completed, standards from the BACP, APA, CCPA could be considered. Two calls were had with the BACP to identify their process, the concerns of their membership, and how their Ethics Committee provided resources for their membership.
The Ethics Committee planned on providing input regarding the development of an online or in-person ethics workshop for members.
Staff and the Ethics Committee worked on a format for the standards revision that would be much easier to digest, provide examples for members, cross-reference other standards, and provide resource links.
The Ethics Committee worked on an overall plan to improve ethics resources for the membership, create an ethics hub, revising standards, practice guidelines, began creation of an infographic for decision making, how to utilize ethics mentors most effectively, and to encourage members to self-educate.
The Ethics Committee now has a complement of 5 members and 2 staff.
The Committee has worked on the Dual Relationship Standard, the Technology Standard, and has approved a contractor to draft a Family Law Standard.
The membership will see new Standards and a new infographic for ethical decision-making coming in 2020.
“Continuing competency programs are a hallmark of all professional organizations. We are proud to be able to offer BCACC members such a program to assist in their commitment to, and completion of, continuing competency activities.”
The committee was interviewed for an article in Insights magazine in August 2019 and other promotions were included in our Mind/Full newsletters. Throughout all this, the committee was kept informed of Head Office staff’s progress and we provided feedback and guidance along the way. By year end, an orientation video on how to use and complete the program was in the making and we were targeting a January 27th, 2020 launch date.
To have the CC Program ready to launch by January 2020.
Provide oversight, feedback and guidance to Head Office Staff as they made our paper copy into an electronic, professional-looking and doable document.
A Continuing Competency Program that launched to the membership in late January 2020.
“We are working to upgrade Clinical Supervision from being an activity to a professional specialty, and come in line with the developed Clinical Supervision culture that exists in counselling across the world.“
To foster the culture of Clinical Supervision through the development of a Clinical Supervision approval process within the BCACC.
The Clinical Supervision Committee had two full day meetings in 2019, supplemented with telephone meetings. This committee worked on the development of a Legacy application process.
The Committee has a draft form for this application process under review.
“This Committee’s discussions continue to be robust and, eventually, conclude in consensus. Members of this Committee experience enrichment and education in the work that they do.”
Among other things, the Inquiry Committee of BCACC is charged with reviewing Investigator reports and determining whether a) the case should be dismissed; b) the member should enter into a consent agreement to address the issues raised by the complainant or c) to send the complaint to a conduct review panel.
This hardworking committee meets monthly to review cases and did a lot of work on changing the way they process Investigator’s reports in 2019.
New processes have resulted in a better sharing of the sometimes-considerable workload, and more efficient use of Committee time.
“The essential doesn’t change.” – Samuel Beckett
The Registration Committee grapples with the most complex of member applications with an attitude of inclusivity.
The Registration Committee meets four times a year to review complex applications from potential members. They have the difficult task of turning potential members away to complete missing requirements. Potential applicants may not be accepted or asked to provide further information if they are missing coursework, have deceased supervisors, criminal record checks that are not clear, coursework that requires interpretation, or credentials that are over 30 years old.
2019 saw this group in preliminary discussions about two new associate member categories that will be rolled out in 2021. Stay tuned!