Controlled Act of Psychotherapy

By January 23, 2017News

The controlled act of psychotherapy, if and when it is proclaimed, will be one of 14 “controlled acts” or healthcare activities which are restricted to members of certain regulatory colleges (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, College of Psychologists of Ontario, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, College of Nurses of Ontario, College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario). Five regulatory colleges recently created a clarification document and YouTube video to help individuals who provide psychotherapy services understand the distinction between psychotherapy as the controlled act and psychotherapy that does not fall under the definition of the controlled act.

We cannot determine if one’s practice involves the provision of psychotherapy that falls outside the controlled act or if your combination of education and training and experience would meet the criteria for registration without a thorough review of a full application. This review process has been developed to ensure that each applicant has the opportunity to provide CRPO with all relevant information required.

When considering if you should apply for registration with CRPO, please review the clarification document as well as the Info for Applicants section of our website, which outlines the competencies as well as the requirements to qualify for grandparenting and regular route registration as a Registered Psychotherapist (RP). If you believe that your practice may involve the provision of psychotherapy as it is contemplated by the controlled act (i.e. you are treating by psychotherapeutic techniques, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances that may seriously impair an individual) then your work falls within the scope of practice and you are encouraged to register. Moreover, if you are using the title “psychotherapist”, “Registered Psychotherapist” or any abbreviation thereof, or if you are  holding yourself out as qualified to practice as a psychotherapist in Ontario (no matter what title you may use), you are required to register.

Please note that the window to register through the grandparenting route closes on March 31, 2017. Anyone who wishes to register through this route must submit an application by this deadline. Anyone applying after this must apply through the regular route.


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