The Discipline Process

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) is responsible for addressing complaints and other concerns about the conduct, competence and capacity of its registrants.

Serious matters involving allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence may be referred to the Discipline Committee for a hearing.

Discipline Hearings

A discipline hearing is a formal, legal process. Evidence is presented to a panel of three to five Discipline Committee members, including members of the profession and members of the public appointed to the College’s Council by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council.

The College is represented by a lawyer who prosecutes the case. The registrant is advised to retain a competent representative, but may choose to be self-represented. In addition, the panel has its own legal advisor, known as Independent Legal Counsel (ILC), who is independent of the College and the registrant.

Careful preparation goes into conducting a hearing. The names of witnesses, documentary evidence and the reports of expert witnesses, must be disclosed in advance, both by the College and the registrant. In addition, pre-hearing conferences may be held to discuss whether any issues can be settled or simplified in advance of the hearing.

Discipline hearings are generally held in public.

If a registrant is found to have committed professional misconduct, the committee may make one or more of the following orders:

  • direct the Registrar to revoke the registrant’s Certificate of Registration;
  • direct the Registrar to suspend the registrant’s Certificate of Registration for a specified period of time;
  • direct the Registrar to impose specified terms, conditions and limitations on the registrant’s Certificate of Registration for a specified or indefinite period of time;
  • require the registrant to appear before the panel to be reprimanded;
  • require the registrant to pay a fine of not more than $35,000 to the Minister of Finance;
  • if the act of professional misconduct was the sexual abuse of a client, require the registrant to reimburse the College for funding provided for that client under the Client Relations Program; and
  • if the panel makes an order under paragraph 6, require the registrant to post security acceptable to the College to guarantee the payment of any amounts the registrant may be required to reimburse under the order under paragraph 6.

If the professional misconduct involved sexual abuse of a client, the panel shall reprimand the registrant and suspend their Certificate of Registration. In cases involving intercourse or certain forms of sexual touching of a client, the panel is required to revoke the registrant’s Certificate of Registration for a period of at least five years.

Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee has Rules of Procedure that govern how discipline hearings are conducted and are reviewed by the Committee periodically.

Discipline Hearing Observers

Discipline hearings are generally open to the public, unless the panel has ordered otherwise. Attendance at a hearing is subject to available space. In order to reserve an observer seat at a discipline hearing, please contact us at hearings@crpo.ca.

General Information for Observers

  • The use of any audio/visual equipment, including video cameras, laptop computers, tape recorders or phones in the hearing room is not permitted.
  • Cell phones, pagers, alarms and electronic devices should be turned off during the proceedings.
  • Refrain from conversing during the proceedings.
  • Remain as quiet as possible in the area immediately outside of the hearing room to avoid disrupting the proceedings.
  • Refrain from approaching or speaking with any hearing participants, including the member, witnesses, the discipline panel or lawyers.
  • No food or drink other than water is permitted in the hearing room, except during breaks.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave or other scents.

Protocol to be Observed During the Hearing

  • Generally, only hearing participants may speak, and then only when recognized by the Discipline Committee panel Chair.
  • All present are required to rise as the Discipline Committee panel enters or leaves the hearing room, and to remain standing until the panel is seated or has exited the room.
  • Observers are advised to enter and exit the hearing room during breaks only.
  • Latecomers will be seated during breaks in the hearing.
  • Anyone not following this protocol may be removed by the Chair.

Current Discipline Hearings

The list below outlines current referrals to the Discipline Committee, including the details of scheduled hearings.

In the interest of the health and safety of everyone involved and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the CRPO has temporarily stopped in-person hearings in favour of virtual or written hearings.

If you would like to observe a virtual hearing, please contact the Hearings Officer (hearings@crpo.ca) or 416-479-4330, ext. 116 and we will provide you with access to the videoconference.

Asim Ghosal

Member Name: Asim Ghoshal

Registration Number: 001847

Notice of Hearing and Allegations

               Notice of Hearing

Summary of Allegations:  

  1. That the Registrant provided improper or unprofessional services or advice.
  2. That the Registrant crossed professional boundaries.
  3. That the Registrant improperly discontinued services.
  4. That the Registrant inappropriately disclosed information about a complaint to the College.
  5. That the Registrant did not maintain adequate records.

Hearing Date: Awaiting scheduling.

Sarah Durant

Member Name: Sarah Durant

Registration Number: 003518

Notice of Hearing and Allegations

Notice of Hearing

Summary of allegations:

  1. That the Registrant attended a restaurant and consumed alcohol and/or became intoxicated, where it is alleged the Registrant
    a. Began harassing staff and/or customers
    b. Made inappropriate comments and/or advance towards staff and/or customers
  2. That the Registrant
    a. Left the restaurant without paying; and/or
    b. Operated her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
  3. That the Registrant was found guilty of operation while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 starting at 10:00 am via video conference.

Elisabeth Haramic

Member Name: Elisabeth Haramic

Registration Number: 001399

Notice of Hearing and Allegations

Notice of Hearing

Summary of Allegations:  

  1. Violating boundaries and sexually abusing a client.

Hearing Dates: Awaiting rescheduling. 

Wendy Hunter

Member Name: Wendy Hunter

Registration Number: 002935

Notice of Hearing and Allegations

Notice of Hearing

Summary of Allegations:  

  1. The Registrant made a misleading claim about consulting a social worker.
  2. The Registrant breached client confidentiality.
  3. The Registrant did not provide access to a client’s own record.
  4. The Registrant over-disclosed her own personal information to a client.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021, starting at 10:00 am via video conference

John Field

Member Name: John Field
Registration Number: 0026164
Committee: Discipline
Notice of Hearing
Discipline Decision: Awaiting written reasons
Hearing Date(s): February 5, 2021 via videoconference

Summary:
ON READING the Notice of Hearing dated October 5, 2020, the Agreed Statement of Facts dated February 3, 2021, and the Joint Submission on Penalty and Costs dated February 3, 2021, and on hearing the submissions of counsel for the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (the “College”) and counsel for John Field (the “Registrant”):

A. THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE FINDS that the Registrant has committed acts of professional misconduct pursuant to:

1. Subsection 51(1)(c) of Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and as defined in the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 317/12 made under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007:

a. paragraph 1 (contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession, namely, 1.5 – General Conduct, 1.7 – Dual or Multiple Relationships, and 1.8 – Undue Influence and Abuse);

b. paragraph 52 (engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional); and

c. paragraph 53 (engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession).

B. THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE ORDERS THE FOLLOWING PENALTY AND COSTS:

1. Requiring the Registrant to appear before the panel to be reprimanded immediately following the hearing of this matter.

2. Directing the Registrar to suspend the Registrant’s certificate of registration for a period of three (3) months, on a date to be selected by the Registrar.

3. Directing the Registrar to immediately impose the following specified terms, conditions and limitations on the Registrant’s Certificate of Registration:

4. Requiring the Registrant to successfully complete, at his own expense, the PROBE Ethics & Boundaries Course within three (3) months of the date of this Order; and

5. Requiring the Registrant to successfully complete, at his own expense, the College’s Professional Practice & Jurisprudence (JRP) e-Learning Module, within two (2) months of the date of this Order.

6. Requiring the Registrant to pay to the College costs in the amount of $5,000.00 within one (1) month of the date of this Order. The Registrar is authorized to impose an instalment plan to ensure regular and consistent payment of the costs order.

Discipline Decisions

The Decision and Reasons arising from each referral to the Discipline Committee are posted below, following approval by the panel that heard the matter.