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Psychotherapy Act Proclaimed! 

On March 31, 2015, the transitional Council was advised by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) 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). In addition, Council learned that proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy has not been proclaimed into force at this time.

All those who have submitted applications for registration with the new College are advised that notifications regarding registration status are being sent out, via our Member Management System. Along with the notification, successful applicants will receive an invoice for their first year’s registration fee, and instructions about next steps to complete the registration process. IMPORTANT: please wait for your official invoice before attempting to pay your registration fee. If you have submitted an application and do not receive a notification in the next 2-3 weeks, this means your application is still under review.

Who should register?

  • Anyone who wishes to use the title, “psychotherapist” (or an abbreviation of that title), or who holds him/herself out as qualified to practise as a psychotherapist in Ontario must become registered, unless they are already a member of one of the other regulated professions whose members may practise psychotherapy.

For established practitioners, the ‘Grandparenting’ route to registration will be available for two years – until March 31, 2017. This does not mean that such practitioners should wait until the end of the grandparenting period to apply. Rather, they should consider whether they need to be registered, and should apply as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so.

Postponement of the controlled act of psychotherapy

Many will be wondering about the implications of this postponement and why it is necessary. Given that the controlled act is very broad, it has caused many mental health service providers to see themselves as possibly involved in performing this activity, thus requiring registration with the new College. Postponement of the controlled act 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.

Contacting the College

Due to the high volume of emails and telephone calls we anticipate at this time, we kindly ask that you read the information above and on our Info for Applicants page at www.crpo.ca, as well as CRPO’s Registration Guide, if you have questions regarding eligibility for registration. Remember: unless you wish to use the title, “psychotherapist” (or an abbreviation), or hold yourself out as qualified to practise as a psychotherapist, or unless your employer requires you to be registered (or may do so in the foreseeable future), the choice is yours – assuming you have completed the required education & training and clinical experience. It is up to you, therefore, to decide whether or not you wish to become a Member!

If you are learning about the creation of this new regulatory college for the first time or were unaware that psychotherapists are to become a new regulated profession in Ontario, please take some time to read the information on our website, particularly the section called “Info for Applicants”. There you will find all the information you need about registration requirements and the registration process.

Regular Route Application for Registration

The Regular Route Application has been available online since mid-December, and applications from recent graduates and non-grandparenting applicants are starting to trickle in.  For more information about Regular Route Registration Requirements, see Info for Applicants at the left.

January 22, 2015 Council Meeting Highlights

At its January meeting, Council received an update regarding proclamation of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007.  The President announced that, following a January meeting with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), CRPO has requested an April 1st, 2015 proclamation date. Significantly, ministry staff was supportive of this request and is working to try to make it happen. That said, the date is not definite and will not be official until it is formally announced by the ministry.

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November 27, 2014 Council Meeting Highlights

At its November meeting, Council received updates regarding proclamation of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, and registration of Regular Route applicants, i.e. non-grandparenting applicants. In addition, it reviewed a draft letter prepared for Minister of Health and Long-term Care, Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins, regarding CRPO transparency measures; and directed staff to conduct stakeholder consultation on transparency principles developed for health regulators in Ontario.

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September 25, 2014 Council Meeting Highlights

At its September meeting, Council received updates regarding proclamation of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 and registration of non-grandparenting applicants, approved changes to the College By-laws, and appointed non-Council Committee members to Registration Committee.

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‘Grandparenting’ Application Available

The online ‘Grandparenting’ Application for Registration is now available for those who have created a user account on our Member Management System and completed the Professional Practice & Jurisprudence e-Learning Module (“JRP Module”).

To access the Grandparenting Application, please follow the steps below and read important information beneath:

  1. Create a user account (see link at bottom of email) or login at top right corner if you have already created an account;
  1. Enroll and pay the required fee ($60 + HST = $67.80) to access the Jurisprudence (JRP) e-Learning Module;
  1. Complete the JRP Module online through your user account. Note: You must complete the JRP Module before you will be able to access the online Grandparenting Application;
  1. Access the Grandparenting Application through your user account; complete the form and pay the application fee ($125 + HST = $141.25) before submitting it (the system will not accept your application until the fee has been paid).

Tips about completing the application – Click here

Please see “Info for Applicants” on the left for detailed information about registration requirements for Registered Psychotherapists.  

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Updated March 26, 2015