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This discussion paper provides a brief update on the controlled act of psychotherapy in Ontario. It builds on two other papers, available here and here. None of this commentary should be construed as legal advice.
Those following regulation of psychotherapy in Ontario will recall that the controlled act of psychotherapy has not been proclaimed. This means the legal definition of psychotherapy is not yet in force.
In spring 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) directed the six regulatory colleges whose members will be authorized to perform the controlled act to work together in clarifying the legal definition.
CRPO Requesting Feedback – Survey
Last week, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) finally released the working group’s document and a YouTube video to clarify the meaning of the controlled act of psychotherapy. The document is meant to make the definition transparent to members of the six regulated professions, potential applicants and the public. The CRPO is now seeking feedback on the document until February 7, 2017 with a survey available here.
This discussion paper was originally published June 26, 2015. The full text is available here.
As most of those following this issue are aware, the Psychotherapy Act was proclaimed on April 1, 2015. It has gone through all of the steps necessary to become law.
The problematic definition of the controlled act of psychotherapy and other sections of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) were not proclaimed. For now, the title, not practice is restricted in Ontario. In its May 11 Communiqué, the College of Regulated Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) explains that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care prompted the six regulatory colleges whose members will be authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy to further define its meaning.
This ought to be good news. However, as previously discussed, the definition is overbroad and leaves many practitioners wondering whether they risk facing enforcement actions from the CRPO. Please continue putting pressure on your MPP, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the CRPO by explaining how your practice may be at risk because of the lack of clarity between counselling and psychotherapy definitions. Your professional associations should have clear standards and scope of practice guidelines, as discussed in the earlier paper. It’s important for these groups to be providing leadership on your concerns as well.