The Professional Development component of the Quality Assurance (QA) Program is to support registrants’ ongoing self-reflection and professional growth, while simultaneously meeting the self-reporting components of the regulations laid out in Ontario law. As a registrant, you demonstrate those requirements by completing the Professional Development tools every two years.
As a registrant, you are given the opportunity to reflect on your knowledge, skills and judgement in the Self-Assessment tool (now available in your CRPO account) by completing both parts.
The General Professional Obligations Inventory helps registrants like you assess knowledge, skill and judgment in select competency areas related to professional regulation. It incorporates CRPO’s Professional Practice Standards for Registered Psychotherapists and addresses changes in 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).
Armed with the reflection on your practice, you can then develop goals for professional development in the Learning Plan tool (available here). You are encouraged to record thoughtful, concrete, measurable plans of action for each goal, and to reflect on your pursuit of those goals. Goals do not always stem from the Self-Assessment, and may be related to other aspects of your role.
You have a space to record all the professional development learning activities you have engaged in throughout your reporting cycle in the Learning Record tool (also available via PDF). You are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities, to engage in different kinds or formats of learning, and ideally engage with material that gives you an opportunity to achieve the goals you outlined in the Learning Plan, too.
Your Professional Development tools are yours to engage with throughout your registration with the CRPO. However, you are required to complete your tools on or before a specific date, every two years, based on your year of registration.
For example, if you registered in January of 2019:
- your first reporting cycle would span from your date of registration though till December 31, 2021
- Your next reporting cycle would span from January 1, 2022 through till December 31, 2023.
- And so on.
Confirm your PD Reporting cycle by consulting the chart at the top of this page.
During each two-year reporting cycle, you must complete the minimum requirements for each tool. These minimum requirements include:
- At least 1 Self-Assessment
- At least 1 Learning Plan which documents at least 1 Goal with a corresponding Action Plan and Reflection
- At least 1 Learning Record which documents that you engaged in 40 hours of learning activities during the relevant reporting cycle
- These hours MUST have occurred during the relevant reporting cycle
- At least 1 of the activities must be Experiential; at least one of the activities must be Didactic
Keep in mind, these are minimum requirements. You are welcome to complete as many tools as you see fit during the reporting cycle, so long what you complete cumulatively meets or exceeds the minimum requirements.
Maintain a personal portfolio of evidence of participation. You are expected to track and retain documentation (e.g. certificates of participation) that can verify your participation in learning activities in your own professional portfolio.
You are only required to provide documentary evidence of participation when asked by CRPO staff. CRPO does not provide any specific direction on what a portfolio should look like, nor does the College provide a way for registrants to download evidentiary materials. How you organize your portfolio is up to you, the registrant. Some registrants simply keep copies of any evidence of participation in learning activities in a paper folder; others keep these materials electronically in a folder stored on their computer. Whatever you choose, just be mindful that the College could ask you for this evidence from the last three years.
For more information about your requirements, please check out the Professional Development Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your requirements, or your capacity to complete them on time, please contact QA staff.
Requests for a deferral of your requirements must be submitted in writing, using the Deferral Request Form, and must meet the criteria outlined on the form.