Registered Psychotherapists will not be permitted to practice independently, i.e. without clinical supervision, until they have completed 1,000 direct client contact hours and 150 hours of clinical supervision over the course of their professional careers. This limitation applies to all registrants and will remain in effect until the registrant satisfies the College that they have completed the required hours. Registrants who have not met the independent practice requirement will have a term, condition and limitation on their public register listing.
Registrants who wish to update their hours should contact CRPO staff to find out the number of hours that were approved, as you will need to provide an official letter from a clinical supervisor or manager confirming any additional hours that you have completed.
Direct Client Contact (DCC)
If you have accumulated additional direct client contact hours since the date you submitted your CRPO application, you must provide a letter or DCC confirmation form from your employer of clinical supervisor confirming these hours. If the hours were accumulated in a private practice, a letter from a clinical supervisor or colleague is usually sufficient. If you have accumulated direct client contact hours from multiple places of employment, please provide a letter for each.
The letter should be on headed paper, and must include the number of direct client contact hours accumulated; the start date and end date for these hours; contact information and credentials for the signatory. The letter must also be signed and dated.
Registrants can upload these letter(s) to the “Documents” tab of your CRPO user account and send a message to let staff know that their letter or form is ready for review. Please note that CRPO staff to receive notifications when documents are uploaded.
If you have accumulated additional clinical supervision hours since the date you submitted your application, you must provide a letter or Clinical Supervisor Attestation form for your supervisor confirming these hours. If you have accumulated clinical supervision hours from multiple supervisors, please provide a letter or form for each.
The letter should be on headed paper, and must include the number of clinical supervision hours accumulated; the type of clinical supervision completed (individual, dyadic, group, or structured peer group); the number of participants during group supervision (if applicable); the start date and end date for these hours; a description of what was discussed during the supervision; contact information and credentials for the signatory. The letter must also be signed and dated.
As of April 1, 2018, the qualifications to serve as a clinical supervisor have changed. To update your hours to include hours that took place after this date, you must provide a completed Clinical Supervisor Attestation Form from each supervisor.
Note: For independent practice purposes, no more than 50% of the additional clinical supervision hours you need to satisfy the requirement can come from group supervision.
Please visit the Supervision page for more information about clinical supervision requirements.