As part of the application process, all applicants will be asked to provide personal contact information, including information required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and other background information.
Applicants are required to disclose any of the following information about their past conduct:
- findings of guilt for any criminal offence or offence resulting in either imprisonment or a fine greater than $1,000;
- current proceedings or past findings of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity, or any similar finding, in relation to any regulated profession in any jurisdiction;
- findings of professional negligence or malpractice in any jurisdiction;
- a refusal by any body responsible for the regulation of a profession in any jurisdiction to register or license them;
- current and past registration with any body responsible for the regulation of a profession, and whether the applicant is/was in good standing; and
- any other event that would provide reasonable grounds for the belief that the applicant will not practise psychotherapy in a safe and professional manner.
The final item in the above list is intended to include a variety of conduct not captured by the previous items in the list. For example, it includes complaints, discipline or dismissal involving a professional association, employer or educational institution. Applicants are also expected to disclose instances of serious impropriety such as fraud or having sexual contact with a current or former client.
The College will evaluate the significance of such disclosures. It is possible that a past event no longer reflects significantly on an applicant’s suitability to become a Registered Psychotherapist. Alternatively, the College may place a term, condition or limitation on their Certificate of Registration. If an application for registration is refused, there is a process to allow for an appeal before an independent body.
If an applicant misrepresents themself, their conduct or their qualifications in the registration process, and are found to have done so, their application will be refused or their registration revoked.
Applicants are asked to declare if they suffer from any physical or mental condition or disorder which may impair their ability to practise psychotherapy safely and competently and which, if left untreated, would impair their ability to practise psychotherapy. Such a disclosure does not mean that an application will be refused, but could result in a term, condition or limitation being attached to the Certificate of Registration.
Applicants will be required to establish that they are reasonably fluent in English or French (written and spoken) and have professional liability insurance coverage.
Each applicant will also be required to sign a consent form, authorizing the College to seek further information related to their application, as necessary, from outside sources.
In addition to the above, all applicants will be required to submit a statutory declaration attesting to the truthfulness and completeness of all information provided in their application. Unlike a passport application, it cannot be signed by a supervisor, a regulated health professional, or someone you know. The statutory declaration template must only be signed by an authorized individual, which is limited to a lawyer, notary public, judge or magistrate.
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