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 Regulation Defining "Client" for Sexual Abuse Provisions

CRPO Council has authorized a 60-day circulation of a draft regulation on Defining “Client” for Sexual Abuse Provisions.

CRPO has drafted this regulation as a way of clarifying and preventing one particular type of sexual abuse: sexual contact between psychotherapists and their clients (referred to as “patients” by other professions) after care of the client has been completed.

Currently, the legislation states that an individual client is still considered to be a client for one year after the conclusion of therapy.

This draft regulation proposes that the client-therapist relationship extends to a period of five years after the conclusion of therapy. The significance of this change is that health care providers who engage in sexual contact with a client or patient without waiting for five years after therapy ends would be investigated for professional misconduct.

The Sexual Contact with Former Clients Within Five Years Post-Termination of Care policy will continue to be posted on the CRPO website and enforced alongside this proposed regulation.

The draft regulation is available here.  Please provide feedback via survey link by February 8, 2019. Respondents may also provide feedback by mail, email or fax.

Electronic Practice Guideline

At its meeting on November 29, 2018, CRPO Council authorized the 60-day circulation of a draft Electronic Practice Guideline. Electronic practice is the second-most frequent topic of practice inquiries received by the College. Issues related to electronic practice are also commonly seen in the Peer & Practice Review component of the Quality Assurance Program. As such, the Quality Assurance Committee identified the need for a guideline on the topic to assist members in their practice.

The guideline is available here. A draft security practices checklist is also available here. Please review the draft guideline here and provide feedback via survey link by February 8, 2019. Respondents may also provide feedback by mail, email or fax.

Closed Consultations 2018

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

A draft guideline, Sexual Contact with Former Clients Beyond Five Years Post-Termination of Care, was posted for public consultation for 60 days, closing on September 13, 2018. Feedback received can be viewed here.

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.

CRPO engaged in a broad stakeholder consultation process to get input on the regulation. Feedback on the regulation was closed on June 15, 2018. Survey responses can be reviewed here.

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.

Feedback received can be reviewed here.

By-law Review

CRPO asked for stakeholder input for 60 days on proposed changes to CRPO’s by-laws. Submissions received may be viewed here. More information about the changes, which were approved by Council, can be found here.

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 draft documents that were shared for review and comment. View the draft regulation and supporting documents here.

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.