Once registered with CRPO, all members must use the title indicated on their Certificate of Registration.

In addition to the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) category of membership, the College will issue certificates for the following categories of membership: RP (Qualifying), RP (Temporary) and RP (Inactive). More information about each category can be found below, along with the acceptable titles members should use, depending on their category of membership.

Registered Psychotherapist

  • Registered Psychotherapist or the abbreviation RP.
  • Psychothérapeute autorisé, Psychothérapeute autorisée or the abbreviation PA.

Those in the Registered Psychotherapist category have successfully met all of the requirements for registration including direct client contact and clinical supervision hours.

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) or the abbreviation RP (Qualifying).
  • Psychothérapeute autorisé (stagiaire), Psychothérapeute autorisée (stagiaire) or the abbreviation PA (stagiaire).

Virtually all applicants seeking registration via the regular route will spend some period of time as Qualifying members, in order to be deemed eligible to write the Registration Exam and have successfully completed it. To be eligible to write the Exam, a Qualifying member must have completed all education and training requirements for RP registration, but not necessarily all required direct client contact hours and clinical supervision hours. Once the Registration Exam is successfully completed (and all other registration requirements met), Qualifying members are eligible become Registered Psychotherapists (RPs).

Qualifying members must practise with clinical supervision while completing requirements for registration as a Registered Psychotherapist.

More information can be found on the Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) page of our website.

Registered Psychotherapist (Temporary)

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Temporary) or the abbreviation RP (Temporary).
  • Psychothérapeute autorisé (temporaire), Psychothérapeute autorisée (temporaire) or the abbreviation PA (temporaire).

Temporary members are practitioners from other jurisdictions who wish to be registered for a temporary period, generally due to an offer of temporary employment as a psychotherapist in Ontario, often in an academic or consulting role.

To inquire about temporary membership with CRPO, please contact us at info@crpo.ca.

Registered Psychotherapist (Inactive)

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Inactive) or the abbreviation RP (Inactive).
  • Psychothérapeute autorisé (inactif), Psychothérapeute autorisée (inactive) or the abbreviations PA (inactive) or PA (inactive).

Inactive members are individuals who, for one reason or another, are not currently engaged in the practice of the profession. Inactive members are prohibited from:

  • providing or supervising direct client care;
  • providing supervision; and
  • making any claim or representation to having any competence in psychotherapy.

More information can be found on the Renewal page of our website in the “Transferring to the Inactive Category” section.

Use of Specialty Titles

Members are permitted to use terms, titles and designations conferred by third parties, along with their regulated title, if:

  • The title is not honorary and was not awarded purely based on attendance at a course or workshop. The member must have acquired knowledge and skill, i.e. competence, associated with the term, title or designation, generally having completed a professional education and training program that included study, mastery and evaluation.
  • It is conferred by a recognized credentialing body, i.e. one that is broadly recognized within the profession as legitimate.
  • It meets established standards, i.e. standards that are broadly recognized within the profession as legitimate.
  • Prominence is given to the member’s regulated title.

These conditions will enable members to use terms, titles and designations that are meaningful and generally recognized by the profession. Members should be aware that specialty titles used inappropriately could result in misconduct complaints to the College.

Registered Psychotherapists will not be permitted to use the title Doctor or its abbreviation Dr. in a clinical setting (i.e. when working with clients or with other professionals in a health care setting), or when supervising students who are working with clients. Members will be able to use the title Doctor (Dr.) in purely academic settings and in their personal/social lives. This rule, limiting the use of the Doctor (Dr.) title, is found in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, which sets out the professions whose members are permitted to use the title.