Highly-trained and competent counselling therapists provide mental health services to British Columbians across the province, but because government does not regulate the profession, anyone in BC can claim to be a counselling therapist. That’s dangerous. COVID-19 and the opioid crisis mean many more British Columbians seeking mental health and wellness treatment. It’s time for the BC government to protect its citizens from harm by regulating counselling therapy. Other provinces regulate counselling therapy. BC should as well.
CituU’s graduate, Deshpal Grewal has a Master of Counselling degree and was part of CityU Vancouver BC Cohort-13. He is presently registered with British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and works with Fraser Health Authority as Clinician, Geriatric Community Mental Health in Surrey. In addition to working with various Fraser Health Authority mental health and substance use programs, his contributions involve strong community partnerships, background work in the community with non profit and school district initiatives, developing and implementing community programs involving highly vulnerable families. Deshpal will be starting a new position with Fraser Health Public Health in April 2021 as a Community Health Specialist for the City of White Rock/South Surrey with a focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).”