September 27, 2018

Are you an RP with at least 5 years’ experience? Interested in being a leader in the profession? Consider applying to be a CRPO peer assessor. Peer assessors are responsible for carrying out Peer and Practice Reviews (PPR). The PPR is a type of practice assessment designed to identify a member’s areas of strength and weakness. The purpose of this assessment process is to help members improve their practices so that they meet or exceed the standards of the profession.

In taking on this role, peer assessors:

  • gain a deep understanding of the Professional Practice Standards and how these apply in diverse practice settings;
  • become recognized leaders in the profession by peers, colleagues and professional networks; and
  • help to build tools and resources that benefit the profession as a whole.

Hours are flexible and you will be compensated for your time.

I enjoy connecting with other psychotherapists, learning about other’s practices and working to provide a kind and understanding presence in a setting in which some members may feel unsettled. I also enjoy the learning / training sessions with the College and other peer assessors... and I like the diverse experience it provides as it branches me outside of my day to day practice.

Tina Strutt, RPPeer assessor

I wanted to ensure that my knowledge of the professional standards was of highest priority and thought this would be a perfect way to ensure this... The experience has been very rewarding. I enjoy my interview time with the RP's, using my clinical skills to help them remain calm and engage in a dialogue about what they do and how they do it without feeling judged.

Josée Brouillette, RPPeer assessor

Duties & Tasks

Reporting to the Quality Assurance Manager, the role of peer assessors is to:

  • review materials submitted by members and prepare for interviews;
  • conduct interviews by telephone, webinar, and in-person in a manner that is ethical and impartial;
  • coordinate and carry out all aspects of Peer and Practice Reviews in accordance with policy and established practice; and
  • craft and submit comprehensive, objective and accurate assessment reports in a timely manner, using the infrastructure supplied by CRPO.

Anyone holding the position of peer assessor will:

  • engage in any peer assessor training provided by the College;
  • maintain confidentiality;
  • keep abreast of changes to legislation and standards of the profession;
  • maintain good standing with CRPO; and
  • meet the experience and qualifications listed in the next section.

Experience & Qualifications

Candidates for a peer assessor role must possess the following experience / qualifications:

  • have a minimum of five years’ extensive clinical experience;
  • hold a current certificate of registration as a Registered Psychotherapist and meet CRPO’s “independent practice” requirement (completion of 1000 direct client contact hours and 150 hours of clinical supervision;
  • meet the annual registration requirements;
  • have no prior history with CRPO or another Regulatory Body resulting in a decision of the ICRC, the Executive Committee, the Fitness to Practice Committee or the Discipline Committee other than a decision to take no action;
  • successfully complete (or be up-to-date) with all Quality Assurance Program requirements;
  • possess current computer skills and have (or be willing to obtain) secure and private access to a laptop that uses the Windows operating system;
  • have successfully completed the required training, and engage in a Peer and Practice Review when required as part of the training;
  • be willing to travel within the province.

Other qualifications that are considered assets:

  • experience in interviewing, adult education, conducting assessments and/or audits; and
  • demonstrated fluency (written/spoken) in French and English.

Availability & Remuneration

The bulk of PPRs typically occur from January to August. Assessors can expect to complete 5 to 10 assessments in this time frame, depending on their availability. Assessments can last from 1 to 4 hours, depending on the type of assessment that is conducted – remote interviews tend to be shorter, while in-person interviews are longer. Each assessment will require preparation (e.g. review of advertising materials submitted by a member) and follow up (e.g. discussion with staff regarding results).

There is significant flexibility in scheduling of assessments – peer assessors will be able to work with members and staff to coordinate mutually agreeable meeting times. Assessors will be remunerated for each interview conducted/report completed, in accordance with the chart below.

Description Rate
Remote Interview $150
In-Person Interview (typically requires travel within Ontario) $300
Long distance travel honorarium (for distances over 500km) $125
Travel, meal & accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with established policies.

Method of Appointment

The peer assessor selection process is as follows:

  1. Applicants submit a current resumé to QA@crpo.ca.
  2. Resumés are reviewed and ranked based on a skills matrix and CRPO determines that selected candidates have no prior history with the College or another regulatory body resulting in a decision of the ICRC, the Executive Committee, the Fitness to Practice Committee or the Discipline Committee, other than a decision to take no action.
  3. Selected candidates undergo a telephone interview and reference check.
  4. Selected candidates also engage in the peer assessor training session, which will take place in November. This training session is a component of the selection process.
  5. The Quality Assurance Committee reviews candidate resumes, interview summaries, reference checks, skill matrix rankings, and any recommendations from the peer assessor trainers, then appoints qualified candidates to the peer assessor role.
  6. Selected candidates receive written notification accompanied by a contract that must be signed and returned to CRPO.