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The Council

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (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.

Learn more about elections and becoming a Council member.

Current Council Members

  • Andrew Benedetto, RP, President (District 7 – Central)
  • Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, RP (District 3 – East)
  • Gary Cockman, Public Member
  • Carol Cowan-Levine, RP (District 8 – Ontario)
  • Mary Kardos Burton, Public Member
  • Shikha Kasal, Public Member
  • Sheldon Kawarsky, Public Member
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley, Public Member
  • Kenneth Lomp, RP (District 4 – Central East)
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP, Vice-President (District 2 – North)
  • Miranda Monastero, RP (District 5 – South West)
  • Pat Rayman, RP (District 7 – Central)
  • Len Rudner, Public Member
  • Steven Stijacic, Public Member
  • Kevin VanDerZwet Stafford, RP (District 1 – West)

Read Council member biographies.

Upcoming Council Meetings:

  • November 29, 2018
  • March 1, 2019

All meetings are held at CRPO’s office at
375 University Avenue, Suite 803 in Toronto.

Council meetings are open to the public. Please adhere to our Council Meeting Policies and Guidelines. If you would like to attend the next Council meeting, please send your request to info@crpo.ca.

Access Council meeting materials, review past meeting highlights and minutes.

Committee Membership

The following are the statutory and non-statutory committees required so that the College can fulfill its regulatory mandate.
Non-statutory committees are marked with an asterisk (*).

Client Relations

The Client Relations Committee sets policy on the prevention of sexual abuse by members of the College and administers a therapy and counselling fund for client victims of sexual abuse.

Client Relations Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Carol Cowan-Levine, RP (Chair)
  • Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, RP
  • Mary Kardos Burton
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley
  • Sue Lymburner, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Steven Stijacic

Discipline

The Discipline Committee holds discipline hearings in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. It also sets policy and procedure relating to the discipline process.

Discipline Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Shikha Kasal (Chair)
  • Heidi Ahonen, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)

All members of Council sit on this committee.

Examination*

The Examination Committee considers appeals regarding failure of the Registration Examination, where there are alleged grounds of unfairness or other extenuating circumstances. It may also grant time extensions to individuals who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to write the exam within the time period set in the Registration Regulation.

Examination Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Kenneth Lomp, RP (Chair)
  • Andrew Benedetto, RP
  • Gary Cockman
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley
  • Steven Stijacic
  • Kevin VanDerZwet Stafford, RP

Executive

Elected by Council, the Executive Committee provides strategic direction, financial oversight and engages in policy development. In certain circumstances, it may act on behalf of Council.

Executive Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Andrew Benedetto, RP (President)
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP (Vice-President)
  • Carol Cowan-Levine, RP
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Steven Stijacic

Fitness to Practise

The Fitness to Practise Committee holds hearings related to alleged member incapacity in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. It also sets policy and procedure relating to the fitness to practise process.

Fitness to Practise Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Barbara Locke Billingsley (Chair)

All Council members sit on this committee.

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports (ICRC)

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee panels screen complaints and other concerns about members and decide how to deal with them (e.g. issue a caution, refer to a discipline hearing, take no action). It also sets College policy on the screening process.

Inquires, Complaints and Reports Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Kevin VanDerZwet Stafford, RP (Chair)
  • Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, RP
  • Carol Cowan-Levine, RP
  • Kali Hewitt-Blackie, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Mary Kardos Burton
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Kenneth Lomp, RP
  • Miranda Monastero, RP
  • Pat Rayman, RP
  • Len Rudner
  • Steven Stijacic

Nominations and Elections*

The Nominations and Elections Committee establishes election processes, assists the Registrar in supervising and administering the election process and addresses election-related disputes. It could also function to encourage members of the College to consider running for positions on Council and may be involved in identifying potential candidates.

Nominations and Elections Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Pat Rayman, RP (Chair)
  • Shikha Kasal
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP
  • Len Rudner

Quality Assurance (QA)

Working from the foundation set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and the Quality Assurance Regulation, the Quality Assurance (QA) Committee develops policies, processes, and related tools and resources to support members of the College in meeting requirements of the QA Program.

Quality Assurance Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Mary Kardos Burton (Chair)
  • Andrew Benedetto, RP
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Kenneth Lomp, RP
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP
  • Miranda Monastero, RP
  • Pat Rayman, RP
  • Len Rudner

Registration

The Registration Committee develops registration policy and processes, and its members form panels to review applications for registration that have been referred by staff.

Registration Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP (Chair)
  • Heidi Ahonen, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Andrew Benedetto, RP
  • Gary Cockman
  • Carol Cowan-Levine, RP
  • Tamar Kakiashvili, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Shikha Kasal
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley