CRPO often asks the public, members and stakeholders for their feedback on proposed policies, processes, standards and by-laws. This process of gathering input is called a consultation and helps to support CRPO’s work to protect the public interest.

Open Consultations

Draft Guideline: Sexual Contact with Former Clients beyond 5-Years Post Termination of Care

At its meeting on June 28, 2018, CRPO Council authorized the 60-day circulation of the draft Guideline Sexual Contact with Former Clients beyond 5-years Post Termination of Care. The guideline is intended to provide members with substantive direction to support them in practice. It will also provide College screening and discipline committees with a framework in which to evaluate complaints and reports related to sexual contact beyond 5-years post termination of care.

Please review the draft guideline here and provide feedback by September 13, 2018.

Feedback can be provided in a number of ways:

Closed Consultations 2018

Draft Regulation Categories of Prescribed Therapies Involving the Practice of Psychotherapy

On December 30, 2017, the government of Ontario proclaimed into force the controlled act of psychotherapy with a two-year transition period to allow the mental health sector a period of time in which individuals may become registered with one of the appropriate colleges or restrict their services so that they do not perform the controlled act.

In conjunction with the proclamation, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care directed the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) to provide more clarity on the meaning of the controlled act of psychotherapy and what practices would not be considered to be part of the controlled act.

The five categories in the regulation draw on the history and recent developments in the field of psychotherapy. CRPO’s position is that all RPs will be able to find the origins of their practice in one of these broad categories. Those who do see their modality reflected may need to seek registration or restrict their practice to refrain from performing the controlled act of psychotherapy before the end of the transition period on December 31, 2019.

CRPO engaged in a broad stakeholder consultation process to get input on a suite of documents and resources (including the regulation) which aim to provide further clarity on the controlled act of psychotherapy. Feedback on the regulation was closed on June 15, 2018. Survey responses can be reviewed here.

Draft Regulation: Categories of Prescribed Therapies Involving the Practice of Psychotherapy

  1. The following are the categories of prescribed therapies involving the practise of psychotherapy:
  • Cognitive and Behavioural therapies
  • Experiential and Humanistic therapies
  • Psychodynamic therapies
  • Somatic therapies
  • Systemic and Collaborative therapies

Projet de règlement : catégories de thérapies prescrites comprisesdans la pratique de la psychothérapie

Documents de consultation de la Groupe de travail sur l’acte autorisé (Français)

Draft Policy for "Cooling Off" Period

CRPO received feedback for a 60-day period, closing June 9, on the draft Sexual Contact with Former Clients Within a Five-year “Cooling Off” Period Policy. CRPO Council recommended it for implementation in anticipation of the relevant section of Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017, being proclaimed into force. This is the section that will allow the CRPO to set out in regulation the time period for defining a “cooling off” period during which an individual would continue to fall under the definition of “client” for the purpose of the sexual abuse provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). This is an interim measure that is being proposed while we wait to be able to pass a regulation, since it is unknown how long the regulation making process will take.

The draft policy may be reviewed here. Feedback received can be reviewed here, and will be presented to CRPO Council at the June 28 meeting.

By-law Review

CRPO asked for stakeholder input in spring 2018 on proposed changes to the CRPO by-laws. The stakeholder survey closed on May 14, 2018. We appreciate the feedback received during this public consultation.

The majority of the feedback was about the proposed changes to the fee structure; as such, it’s important members and prospective members have some information about the funding and operations of CRPO.

CRPO registration fees are the lowest of the five newly proclaimed colleges and among the lowest of all of the health regulatory colleges in the province. This is despite the fact that our membership is still in its growth stage. It is important to note that larger, more established colleges benefit from economies of scale that we do not yet have; CRPO has made careful investments in technology and efficient operations in order to fulfil its mandate and operate in a way that provides excellent service to both the public and its members, but that maintains fees that are demonstrably lower than other regulatory bodies.

Membership fees are the College’s only source of income and they must provide the financial means to develop and manage all of the CRPO programs required by the RHPA. Decisions around revenue are made after careful deliberation and in consideration of the College’s responsibilities, which include developing a Quality Assurance Program; addressing unregulated practice; handling complaints, reports and discipline; and maintaining adequate reserves for victims of sexual abuse by RPs.

Regardless of whether an RP works full-time or part-time, the work of the College in relation to each member is the same: to protect the public interest. A complaint of abuse at the hands of an RP, for example, takes investigatory and disciplinary resources to process; the volume of clients that RP has does not influence CRPO’s obligations.

The next step in the fee adjustment process is for the proposed changes to be reviewed by CRPO Council at their next meeting. Members will be informed of Council’s decision via the website and Communiqué.

Controlled Act Task Group Draft Consultation Documents (English)

On December 30, 2017, the government of Ontario proclaimed into force the controlled act of psychotherapy. In conjunction with the proclamation, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care directed the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) to provide more clarity on the meaning of the controlled act of psychotherapy and what practices would not be considered to be part of the controlled act as provided by Registered Psychotherapists.

Specifically, CRPO was compelled to develop:

  • a regulation prescribing therapies involving the practice of psychotherapy, governing the use of prescribed therapies and prohibiting the use of therapies other than the prescribed therapies in the course of the practice of psychotherapy; and
  • policies and other supporting resources that clearly articulate the activities that Council does not consider to be part of the controlled act of psychotherapy. 
The deadline set by the Minister for the completion of this work was July 1, 2018.
In response to the Minister’s direction, CRPO has developed the following draft documents that are being shared for review and comment:
A.  Psychotherapy with a Registered Psychotherapist
B.  Draft Regulation: Categories of Prescribed Therapies Involving the Practice of Psychotherapy
C.  Draft Policy: Activities that are Not Part of the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy
D.  Companion Document for Registered Psychotherapists  
E.  Self-Assessment Tool for Unregulated Practitioners
F.  Registered Psychotherapists: Information for Ontarians
In developing these documents, CRPO undertook  a thorough review of: the extensive work of College staff and the Registration Committee in assessing some 7,000 applications for registration; HPRAC’s report  The Therapeutic Relationship as the Cornerstone of the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy (including the literature, jurisdictional and jurisprudence reviews); and relevant published and grey literature.
CRPO is fully committed to engaging with stakeholders and welcomes feedback from any individual or organization who wishes to comment on the draft documents. The public survey is now closed, but further consultation on all of the documents, including the mandatory formal circulation of the proposed regulation for the 60 days required by statute, will happen before the final deadline for submitting the proposed regulation to the Minister.

Draft Guideline: Disclosing Information to Prevent Harm

CRPO invited stakeholder comment on a Draft Guideline: Disclosing Information to Prevent Harm.

Received Submissions

Closed Consultations 2016

Transparency By-laws (Phase II)

CRPO invited stakeholder comment on this second phase of proposed by-law provisions designed to enhance transparency of College processes.

Criminal Record Checks

CRPO invited stakeholder comment regarding a possible implementation of a requirement that a completed criminal record check be submitted to the College by applicants and/or Members.

Professional Practice Standards

CRPO invited stakeholder comment on a new Professional Practice Standard: Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and a proposed change to Standard 3.1: Confidentiality.