In spring 2017, the Mental Health Commission of Canada initiated a process to explore policy considerations for expanding access to counselling, psychotherapy, and psychological services in Canada. To capture and build on the important work that has already been undertaken by stakeholders, the MHCC commissioned Dr. Howard Chodos to author a background paper synthesizing relevant literature and stakeholder perspectives on key policy issues and questions.

The background paper informed a one-day roundtable. Held on March 21st, it brought together researchers, policy makers, clinicians, representatives from major professional bodies, and service user groups to share ideas and perspectives on policy considerations. A roundtable summary report was developed to capture and share highlights from the day-long discussion.

For more information about the MHCC’s work in this area, please do not hesitate to contact Lara di Tomasso, Research and Policy Analyst