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.

New Discussion Paper – released in August 2018
Expanding access to psychotherapy: Mapping lessons learned from Australia and the United Kingdom to the Canadian context, offers considerations for policy makers and advocates  for the expansion of access to psychotherapies in Canada.  It examines the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the United Kingdom and Australia’s expanded access programs and explores implementation considerations in the Canadian context. It also provides illustrative examples of how these lessons learned could be adapted to the Canadian context.

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