Professional development is a process of engaging and reflecting on your abilities as a practitioner. By uncovering your own strengths and gaps and acting on this new self-knowledge to enhance your competence, you drive a process of change that can have lasting, positive impacts on your practice.

All registrants must complete the Professional Development requirements using the tools provided by CRPO, which include the:
1. Self-Assessment
2. Learning Plan
3. Learning Record

Self-Assessment

The Self-Assessment tool is meant to help you build awareness of the current state of your practice by capturing a snapshot of your current knowledge, skill and judgment. It consists of two sections:

The General Professional Obligations Inventory will help you assess your own knowledge, skill and judgment in select competency areas related to professional regulation. It incorporates CRPO’s Professional Practice Standards and addresses changes in your practice environment and advances in technology.

The Reflection section consists of a series of exercises designed to help you contemplate the more interpersonal aspects of your practice, such as your professional relationships, support systems, and safe and effective use of self (SEUS).

Complete the Self-Assessment within two months of registration by responding to the questions in both sections in accordance with the instructions provided in the QA Portal.

At least one Self-Assessment must be completed for each two-year Professional Development participation cycle. If a significant change in practice has occurred (e.g. change in clientele), a new Self-Assessment must be completed within 6 months of the change. The Learning Plan, described in the next section, must be updated to reflect any newly identified learning goals.

Learning Plan

The Learning Plan tool helps you to think ahead and plan your learning goals(s) for the next two years. Your goals should be revelant and meaningful to you, and can be, for example:

Broad: “Learn more about professional standards.” or “Broaden my professional network.”
Specific: “Develop a checklist to incorporate into my informed consent process with clients.” or “Review recent developments on addiction.”
Long-term: “Complete a training program in trauma-informed practice.”
Short-term: “Revise record retention policy in accordance with CRPO standard and apply immediately.”

Complete the Learning Plan by:

  • Considering your Self-Assessment responses, reflecting broadly on your practice and identifying ways to enhance your professional practice. Think also about how you want to grow as a professional.
  •  Stating goals in one or two short sentences.
  • Describing how you will achieve your goals, following the prompts provided in the tool.
  • Reviewing regularly, adjusting based on your current practice context, and reflecting on how pursuing and/or achieving your goals has impacted your practice.

Learning Record and 40-hour Requirement

Engaging in learning activities is an important part of maintaining competence that keeps you abreast of current practices, issues, trends and new techniques. It also helps you maintain and enhance your knowledge, skill and judgment with respect to the Professional Practice Standards for Registered Psychotherapists, relevant legislation, and regulations. Use the Learning Record tool to track your participation in learning activities.

What you need to know about the 40-hour learning activity requirement:

  1. You are required to engage in at least 40 hours of learning activities over the course of your two-year participation cycle.
  2. At least one of the activities must be didactic, and at least one must be experiential. It is recommended that you engage in a broad range of activities. See the tables below for examples of didactic and experiential activities.
  3. Learning activities that you engage in to meet the 40-hour requirement must be documented in the Learning Record.
  4. The activities must have taken place while registered with CRPO.
  5. Learning activities must be credible, relevant to the practice of the profession, and verifiable.
  6. CRPO may request verification that you participated in the learning activities documented in your Learning Record. Retain a record of any materials and notes that could be used support your participation in a learning activity. The following tables list examples of learning activities and acceptable supporting documentation.

Any learning activities you engage in should be documented in your Learning Record, following the instructions provided in the QA Portal. You are welcome to document activities that are complete or in progress. You may also document activities that are unrelated to the goals listed in your Learning Plan.

Learning Activities

CRPO does not provide a list of “pre-approved” courses or learning materials. Registrants are expected to rely on their professional judgment to identify opportunities that will meet their individual learning needs and goals. The type of evidence that would be considered acceptable depends on the activity; they may include didactic or experiential activities such as:

Activity

  • Attending education/training programs or courses
  • Attending workshops, seminars, conferences or webinars
  • Conducting research
  • Engaging in independent study/ self-guided learning
  • Preparation for teaching programs, courses, workshops, seminars, conferences or webinars
  • Writing for a scholarly publication (e.g. journals, textbooks, and other educational resources)
  • Other
  • Participating in study group(s)
  • Peer consultation
  • Receiving clinical supervision
  • Receiving personal psychotherapy
  • Other

Acceptable Evidence of Participation

  • Transcripts, letters or certificates of completion
  • Letters or certificates of completion
  • Proposals, abstracts or agreements
  • List of reading material/activities and summary of learnings
  • Course/workshop/seminar outline or syllabus in addition to a list of list of reference materials used to develop course content
  • Link to the publication, or copy of the articles title page, which bears the name of the registrant as author (or contributing author)
  • The type of evidence that would be considered acceptable depends on the activity.
  • List of reading material/activities and summary of learnings
  • Letter of confirmation or outline of the consultation and contact information of the consultant
  • Letter from supervisor, copy of contract, supervision log
  • Letter from psychotherapist, payment receipts for services provided