Psychotherapists are now a regulated profession in Ontario! On April 1, 2015, the government of Ontario proclaimed the Psychotherapy Act into law.
Now, only members of the newly created College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CPRO) may use the titles “Psychotherapist”, “Registered Psychotherapists” or “RP”.
With regulation, access to psychotherapy services is enhanced, as third-party insurers of extended health benefits are beginning to recognize the profession and provide coverage. And, College members can practice independently if they meet CRPO’s requirements for independent practice.
Psychotherapists receive their education and training in diverse ways. Some hold graduate degrees in clinical counselling, while others have completed independent training programs that operate outside the college and university system – Jungian or Gestalt training, for example. Applicants for registration with the new College are required to have completed a recognized education and training program and a significant number of supervised client hours.
To date, some 2,500 members have been registered, and several hundred applications are currently under review.
The Psychotherapy Act does not prevent alternative practitioners from using psychotherapy techniques in their practice. It does, however, prevent them from using restricted titles or claiming to be qualified to practice psychotherapy.
With information from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.