Bhutan Board for Certified Counselor (BBCC) was established on date 9th August 2013 under the patronage of Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck’s noble initiative to develop a cadre of Mental Health professionals providing counseling services in different areas such as career, violence, child protection issues, trauma, abuse, suicide, rape, substance abuse, family, school, HIV, Depression, anxiety, natural disasters and emergencies to name some. The board will develop professional standards and procedures for certification of counseling professionals to practice in Bhutan. BBCC will also create awareness on Mental Health and wellbeing and the need for counselling services in Bhutan. BBCC is also mandated to develop trainings and provide trainings on Mental Health and wellbeing and its related services.
Therefore the purpose of the BBCC would be protection of the profession and clients, standardizing the profession in the country, monitoring and supervision, maintain the National Net-work of Counseling professionals, facilitate continuing education, award certification, facilitate the award of license to practice, connection with other concerned agencies to support the profession and configuration with the international and national standards and practices.
1. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) were signed for the terms and understanding between the (BBCC) and all the stakeholders.
2. The certification procedures began by January 2017.
3. Certified a total of 238 Counselors as National Certified Counselors (NCC) from various fields such as: addictions, schools, family and children, employment and clinical till
October 2019 under 4 categories:
2. Druk Counselor App
DCA is a free to use screening tool application, developed to efficiently manage the client registration Information while visiting the counselors and the counselors using the application to access their visit and accordingly guide them via the application usage.