Regulation and the College of Psychotherapists
Currently, mental health services are provided to the public by a wide range of practitioners, both regulated and unregulated, who operate in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, community agencies, schools, prisons, and many institutional and community-based programs funded by the government.
In June of 2007, legislation was passed to establish a College of Psychotherapists and Regulated Mental Health Therapists of Ontario. In September of 2009, a Transitional Council was named to develop the policies and procedures of that College.
In April 2015, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario was proclaimed. Therefore psychotherapy is no longer a self-regulated profession, and in the future practitioners will have to be registered members of the College.
CREATE Institute is a member of the Ontario Alliance for Mental Health Practitioners, an organization formed to help advocate for practitioners & stay on top of what is happening with the College. A Framework for Recognizing Education and Training Programs has been developed, and the Framework document has guided programs in completing their Application for Recognition. The Create Institute has applied for recognition and expects a response from the College shortly.
On April 1st 2015, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario was proclaimed however, the controlled act of psychotherapy has not been proclaimed at this time but it is anticipated to be by December 2015. The CRPO has become the legal governing and regulating body for the practice of psychotherapy in Ontario.
The CRPO has been in development in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and a key group of stakeholders. The current registration regulations, code of ethics, by-laws and much more can be found on the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario website.
Both the Grandparenting and Regular Applicant application processes are now available. However, the online Jurisprudence e-learning module ($60.00) must be completed before you can apply. See the Jurisprudence study document (free).
For more information on The Transitional Council of the College of Psychotherapists, please visit http://www.crpo.ca
How CREATE fits in
All current signs lead us to be optimistic about the future status of expressive arts therapy as a profession and of CREATE grads as professionals.
Our graduates are working in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada, and the CREATE faculty continues to function as a strong and committed group of teachers and leaders in the field.
CREATE Institute is an active member in the Ontario Alliance for Mental Health Practitioners (formerly Ontario Coalition of Mental Health professionals, formed in 2002 to advocate for the interests of unregulated practitioners; that is everyone who is not registered with a College). The Coalition presented briefs to the provincial committee involved and made it clear both that the interests of the public need to be protected and that legitimate unregulated practitioners would also benefit from a fair and inclusive process that would provide guidelines for practice.
CREATE Institute continues to offer a solid training in Expressive Arts Therapy. We look at the regulation of practitioners as an opportunity for the continued growth and development of our field.
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CRPO- Regular Route Application Now Available - click here Please check out the following website for updated information regarding this process:
The Regular Route is intended for recent graduates of psychotherapy education & training programs, and students nearing completion of their education & training, in contrast to the 'Grandparenting' Route, which is available only to experienced practitioners.