Working Towards Your Professional Designation

Having a professional designation provides our graduates with excellent flexibility, credibility, legal protection, access to third party billing, extended health coverage and better career outcomes. Because of this, Rhodes Wellness College has worked with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and International Coach Federation (ICF) to help streamline the professional accreditation process for our graduates.

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association

Academic Requirements

The CPCA has approved the Professional Counsellor Diploma as meeting the rigorous academic requirements of the Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) designation.

Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) Exam Preparation

The Ethics and Professional Practice class, one of the units in the last section of the Professional Counsellor Diploma program includes examination specific information and preparation. Rhodes Wellness College provides testing facilities for students to write the RPC examination at the end of this class. Additionally, many of the instructors and administrators at Rhodes Wellness College are Registered Professional Counsellors and can provide personal insight and guidance on the accreditation process.

Supervision

To become fully accredited Registered Professional Counsellors, students must undergo two years of practice supervision. To facilitate and accelerate this requirement, Rhodes Wellness College provides free supervision services to students enrolled in the Professional Counsellor Diploma program and low cost supervision services to graduates and alumni.

UPDATE: Rhodes Wellness College is pleased to now offer 24 months of FREE CPCA supervision to all Professional Counsellor Diploma program students and graduates (the amount of supervision required by the CPCA for the full Registered Professional Counsellor designation). In addition to making it easier for our students to find professional supervision, this service will save students as much as $5,000 in supervision fees! For more details, contact the Admissions Department.

*Note: To qualify for free supervision, must be able to attend Rhodes Wellness College for monthly meetings and meet other CPCA supervision criteria. Skype sessions may be available. Contact the Admissions Department for more information.

About the CPCA and Registered Professional Counsellor Designation

The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA), a Canadian non-profit Society registered in accordance with the National Corporate Registry of Canada, regulates Registered Professional Counsellors.

Since its founding in 1990, the CPCA has been dedicated to the promotion of public confidence and trust in the counselling profession in Canada. The CPCA serves the public from coast to coast.

Members meet rigorous standards for education and training and are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession before they can use the RPC (Registered Professional Counsellor) designation. RPC Members have met the highest standards of the profession for education and clinical experience. Student and Intern membership categories are available for counsellors in training for clinical practice.

Registered Professional Counsellors attend to the emotional well-being of clients by applying principles and skills from the disciplines of mental health, psychology or human development and through the use of cognitive, affective, behavioural or systemic interventions. Through these interventions the RPC can address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology. In preparation for this challenging career, an RPC must undergo extensive education and training. This includes both academics and field training. RPC’s serve in all levels of our communities where the helping profession is required – at schools and universities, in hospitals, mental health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, business and industry, correctional institutions, religious organizations, community centres and private practice.

International Coach Federation

Rhodes Wellness College has worked with the International Coach Federation to have COAC 100 – Life Skills Coaching approved as an ACSTH coach training course. This approval streamlines the portfolio accreditation approval process, recognizing a comprehensive list of coaching skills.