On March 31, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) advised that the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 would come into force on April 1, 2015, thereby creating the new College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPO). However, the proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy has not been proclaimed into force at this time.
Psychotherapists as Regulated Health Professionals
Regulatory colleges are mandated to regulate professionals in the public interest. In addition to establishing rigorous registration criteria, the College will regulate practitioners by establishing and maintaining standards of practice, promoting continued competence and quality improvement, and ensuring professional accountability.
Who practices psychotherapy?
Besides Registered Psychotherapists – who are Members of this College – the members of five other regulated professions practise psychotherapy: nurses, occupational therapists, physicians, psychologists and psychological associates, and social workers and social service workers. This College has no role in the regulation of members of other colleges whose members may practise psychotherapy
Why is the controlled act of psychotherapy currently postponed?
Given that the controlled act is very broad, there are many mental health service providers who see themselves as possibly involved in performing this activity, thus requiring registration with the new College. Postponement of the controlled act of psychotherapy will allow time to develop a better understanding of its meaning and implications. In the meantime, child and youth workers, addiction counsellors and mental health workers may continue to provide services without concerns about the proposed controlled act.
(The information above is sourced from the CRPO website. Please consult the website for further or expanded details regarding the college; April 29, 2015)
David Klauke is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Registered Psychotherapist #1958.