CAPT is the home of psychodynamic psychotherapy in Canada. Part of the work we do is to raise the profile of the profession with the public, government, and other stakeholders. Here is a collection of the work we have done since our inception in 2000.
Collaboration with the PRPA: CAPT Board joined the Partnership of Registered Psychotherapist Associations in 2019. The PRPA’s focus is to advocate on behalf of the RP profession in Ontario.
Joining PRPA strengthens CAPT’s advocacy efforts by allowing us to represent a much larger number of registered psychotherapists than each association could on their own. Working jointly also allows us to pool our resources, and ensures coordination of advocacy efforts.
Elimination of the HST: CAPT continues to work with the Partnership of Registered Psychotherapist Associations (PRPA), to develop additional strategies for the elimination of the tax.
Promotion of online counselling/virtual practice
In 2019 and 2020, CAPT, in collaboration with OAMHP, presented a workshop “Implementing Online Counselling Services in Your Practice” to members of both associations. Facilitated by Lawrence Murphy (Therapy Online), the workshops provided participants with a solid grounding in the ethics, theory, research and practice of online counselling.
In the wake of the pandemic, members were also provided with resources on how to conduct therapy sessions virtually.
RPIC: Inclusion of RPs in 3rd Party Insurance Coverage
Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee (RPIC):
CAPT is a founding member of the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee (RPIC), which has been working over the past two years to address the following questions:
- How do Registered Psychotherapists gain inclusion into the mental health benefits from third-party payers?
- How do we, as registered professionals, acquire the same “covered” status as other registered professionals such as Registered Psychologists and MSWs?
For more information, click here to visit the RPIC website.
Consultation & Surveys
Past surveys in which CAPT has participated include:
- Erase the Difference – Consider signing the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) petition calling on funding mental health and addictions care just like physical healthcare.
- HST Exemption Petition – Spearheaded by OAMHP (formerly OACCPP). This was a campaign calling on the federal and provincial governments to exempt private practice psychotherapy services from provincial and federal HST fees.
Regulation of Psychotherapy
CAPT played an active role in the regulation of psychotherapy in Ontario. CAPT members were instrumental in submitting research, and providing responses to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, as well as participating in HPRAC and MOHTLC consultations.
CAPT has also advocated on the role of private psychotherapy colleges within the regulatory sphere.