The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) regulates its Members in the public interest. CRPO is established under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). Only Members of CRPO can use the protected titles “psychotherapist” and “Registered Psychotherapist”, along with the professional designation, RP.
CRPO fulfills its mandate to protect the public interest by:
- developing, establishing and maintaining requirements for registration and renewal;
- developing Professional Practice Standards for Registered Psychotherapists and the Code of Ethics;
- ensuring the ongoing competence of Members through the Quality Assurance program;
- holding Members accountable for their conduct by investigating and addressing all complaints;
- maintaining a Public Register of Members;
- taking action to prevent non-Members from using restricted titles; and
- providing funding for therapy and counselling in the event a client is sexually abused by an RP.
More details about the specific objects of the College are set out in section 3 of the Health Professions Procedural Code.
Mission, Vision and ValuesMission
To develop standards and procedures to regulate psychotherapists in the public interest, striving to ensure competent and ethical practice within a professional accountability framework.Vision
Leadership in professional self-regulation, dedicated to the principles of excellence, fairness, openness, responsiveness and respect for diversity.Values
Leadership, Excellence, Accountability, Equity, Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, Openness
CRPO is governed by a Council of nine elected Members and as many public members as are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council in accordance with section six of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007. The Council and its committees make decisions related to registration requirements, standards of practice, continuing professional development and the professional conduct of Members, along with developing and monitoring regulations, policies and business systems for CRPO. Council’s duties are supported by a number of statutory and non-statutory committees, as well as by CRPO staff.