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 DCC confirmation form from your employer or clinical supervisor confirming these hours. If you have accumulated direct client contact hours from multiple places of employment, please provide a form for each. The form must have a handwritten or electronic signature from your employer/supervisor.
Registrants can upload their forms to the “Documents” tab of their CRPO user account and send a message to let staff know that their form is ready for review. Please note that CRPO staff do not automatically 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 Clinical Supervisor Attestation form from your supervisor confirming these hours. If you have accumulated clinical supervision hours from multiple supervisors, please provide a form for each. The form must have a handwritten or electronic signature from your 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 supervisor qualifications and supervision requirements.