SELECT Committee Reports
“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.
2020 Goals for the Ethics Committee
The refinement of new Standards.
Creating an online ethics course that members can take to fulfill the ethical requirements of their continuing competency.
Building a framework for an integrated, online ethics repository to assist members’ self-agency in the field of ethics and ethical decision making.
Process of Ethics Committee to pursue these goals
Over the 2020 year, the Committee worked specifically on two standards which will be released to the membership in 2021. The work to develop standards is long, complicated and involves other stakeholders. Recognizing the intersectionality of the work, a goal of 2020 has been to move outside working in a committee silo and involving other committees such as Inquiry and the Provincial Education Committee.
The Committee has worked very hard on creating a format that will be user-friendly and provide immediate resources and context within each standard. The Ethics Committee hopes to release two new standards in 2021:
- Standard for the Use of Technology in Counselling
- Standard for the Development of Family Law Reports
The Ethics Committee continues to work on the Dual Relationship Standard. While almost complete, this standard still needs further refining based on stakeholder feedback.
With the creation of the new “e-Connect Learning Portal”, the Ethics Committee has discussed the creation of an Ethics Knowledge Repository which will be populated with relevant resource material in order to promote member self-agency in ethics learning.
The Committee interviewed instructors in the field of ethical decision-making models and continues to do foundational work on creating a robust ethics course for the membership.
The future focus of the Committee includes the creation of an Ethics Support Program for members.
Drafts of two ethical standards in a new user-friendly format.
Foundational work to support the creation of online ethical learning.
To further refine, and plan the launch of, a program for RCCs to apply to be recognized as Approved Clinical Supervisors.
The Clinical Supervision Committee had one full day meeting in 2020, and three Zoom meetings. This committee completed the Legacy Application program and began work on the Applicant References component.
The Committee is prepared to launch the Approved Clinical Supervisor application process in Fall 2021.
“The complexity of the complaints and inquiry process continues to increase and requires more in the way of legal consultation and committee work. We recognize and appreciate the work ethic and dedication of this knowledgeable group of BCACC members.”
The Inquiry Committee continued to refine the inquiry process with the goal of implementing best regulatory practices, while acclimating to working in an online environment.
In 2020, we had a single face-to-face meeting before Covid-19 restrictions went into effect. All subsequent meetings were conducted by Zoom. The Committee negotiated Consent Agreements, reviewed investigator reports, debated, deliberated, conceded, and dismissed complaints all through consensus.
New processes have resulted in a better sharing of the workload, and more efficient use of Committee time.
“The essential doesn’t change.” – Samuel Beckett
The Registration Committee reviews complex member applications from potential BCACC members.
Our role is to make recommendations about a path forward for these registrants to become members. We must balance competing needs: to be consistent with our recommendations while acknowledging individual differences in education and clinical experience. Or, put another way, we want a rich and diverse membership body and we want to maintain our rigorous standards for membership at the same time.
The Registration Committee worked quickly to establish a new way of meeting together during the pandemic. Rather than meeting four times a year in-person for up to five hours, we are meeting more frequently for shorter lengths of time via Zoom. And though most of us miss meeting together in-person, we have adjusted.
Our process has only changed slightly with meeting more frequently. There is an obvious difference in that we are not traveling to the meetings. We have shorter agendas and have all become slightly more tech-savvy.
We have had some unintentional benefits of meeting more frequently. First, applicants awaiting recommendations from the committee aren’t waiting as long for our responses. Second, we don’t have to cover as many cases in each meeting and so it is easier for committee members to be fully appraised of the details of each case ahead of time.
Provincial Education Committee
BCACC’s Provincial Education Committee (PEC) works to develop a unified provincial education strategy in line with BCACC’s Strategic Plan and to advise on the deployment of BCACC’s educational opportunities and resources for the membership.
The Provincial Education Committee (PEC) is a relatively new committee formed in 2019 from what was previously known as the Member Services Committee. This dedicated group of volunteers works to develop an overarching framework for the professional development that BCACC deploys for members, including the bi-annual BCACC conference.
2020 Goals for the PEC
Over 2020, the Committee worked to establish an educational framework and began the planning and research into what educational opportunities to bring to the membership. This includes research and development in a Diversity Series focused on education in cultural safety, dismantling racism in practice and recognizing hidden bias. In addition, the Committee worked diligently on the 2021 BCACC Conference and started to develop ideas for business practice educational opportunities for members.
In addition, the PEC Committee identified a need to grow their Committee towards the end of 2019 and recruited two new members to sit in dedicated Indigenous seats on the Provincial Education Committee.
We welcome Jordan White and Laura Rhodes to the PEC.
In addition, we had two members step off the Committee and we would like to thank them both for their time, dedication and insights. They are missed. Thank you to Lida Izadi and Matt Johnston.
The Committee’s in-person meeting day was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Committee reconvened to meet monthly by Zoom meetings starting again in July 2020 and continuing throughout the rest of the year.
The Committee developed a framework to help them go forward with the planning and deployment of online educational events for the BCACC membership.