Advocating on behalf of Members
Working together on HST exemption
The CAPT Board of Directors actively supported the campaign launched by the OACCPP calling on the federal and provincial governments to exempt private practice psychotherapy services from provincial and federal HST fees. With recent movement in Alberta toward regulating the profession in that province, there is a renewed pressure on the federal government to look at this important issue.
Collaboration with the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee (RPIC)
CAPT has been actively working with many RP associations across the province to move the issue of third party insurance forward: 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?
The CAPT board of directors supported the call for volunteers from the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee (RPIC) for the following initiatives:
- Lobbying the Federal Government to include RPs as service providers in the Public Servants’ Extended Health Insurance Plan.
- Bringing awareness to members that psychotherapy provided by psychologists is eligible for coverage in the Extended Health Insurance Plan for Federal Public Servants, but not for psychotherapy provided by Registered Psychotherapists.
- On March 20, 2018 the College of Psychologists of Ontario issued a Memorandum urging its Members to stop Supervising RPs for third-party insurance purposes.
- Research was needed for the preparation of a detailed briefing for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Public Service Commission, Treasury Board and others.
- Volunteers were needed to contact local Members of Parliament and make the case for adding registered psychotherapists to the plan.
Working with Colleagues in the RP Community
This year saw us continue to foster collaborative relationships with other RP organizations and stakeholders across Ontario. We have been involved in ongoing discussions about how best to work together to move common advocacy concerns forward – as well as how to work together to provide educational and networking opportunities for our members. An example is the 2019 Spring workshop to be held jointly with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).
Bringing members’ attention to CRPO consultations
- The CAPT Board, and Advocacy & Outreach Committee, provided feedback on behalf of CAPT regarding the need for clarity on the meaning of the controlled act of psychotherapy – and what practices would not be considered part of the controlled act.
- Board members shared CAPT’s key issues and priorities (thanks to the Advocacy Priorities survey over 100 CAPT members completed) at a closed CRPO stakeholder meeting.
- CAPT has also been an extremely active participant in quarterly Open Forum meetings – and other networking opportunities – sharing ideas and collaborating with other RP associations across the province.
- CAPT members were asked to participate in the Electronic Practice Focus Group, to help develop member resources on electronic practice. These resources include a guideline and a security self-check tool.
Response to CAPT surveys
Almost 20% of membership provided feedback on CAPT’s key priority issues, and shared their opinions on Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act. The following are the key findings of our surveys.
Survey 1: Key Priority Issues / Advocacy Priority issues
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- Most respondents would like to see CAPT focus on government regulations and initiatives, particularly HST exemption and insurance coverage for RPs;
- Focusing on CRPO regulations is also very important (second to government regulations) – with a focus on controlled act clarification and QA requirements; and,
- There is interest in CAPT working with other RP organizations.
Survey 2: Bill 87 – Sexual Cooling-Off Period
Sexual Contact with Former Clients Within a Five-year “Cooling Off” Period Policy, which is part of Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act.
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- The vast majority of respondents felt this to be an important issue and that there is always an inherent power imbalance between clients and RPs;
- Slightly more respondents than not (56%) supported the CRPO’s proposed mandatory penalty for sexual misconduct; and,
- There were split (and wide-ranging) opinions on the appropriate length of time for a cooling-off period; however, most (47%) agreed with the CRPO’s 5-year proposal.
Proration fee option for new studentsWe instituted a proration option for new students who join CAPT in the fall. The prorated fee enables students to immediately become members, instead of waiting until January of the following year. They can then immediately obtain professional liability insurance.
AGM presentation by Lawrence Murphy, Online Therapy
Lawrence Murphy, founder of Therapy Online, provided an overview of online therapy at the 2018 AGM, held on November 16, 2018. Topics discussed:
- Being aware of legal process, regulation guidelines and insurance requirements
- Considering privacy terms within communications software
- An analysis of the benefits of online therapy
- An invitation to review academic resources on the Therapy Online website
Lawrence will be following up on his talk with a workshop on this topic on April 13, 2019, at an event co-sponsored by CAPT and the OACCPP.