The Psychotherapy Act, 2007 was proclaimed by the Ontario government on April 1, 2015, bringing the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) into full operation as a health regulatory college. CRPO regulates its members in the public interest under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). Only members of CRPO can use the protected title “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 (QA) 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.