Have you seen this ad or a similar ad in your local paper or while on transit?
The ad is part of a campaign sponsored by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), proclaimed (officially open) as of April 1st, 2015.
Having come across some of these ads around Toronto for the past year or so, I wondered if people not familiar with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of psychotherapy and psychotherapists were able to make clear sense of these ads.
It is a public service announcement, of sorts, because many people may not know the details differentiating practitioners and what qualifications are required for those who practice psychotherapy in Ontario.
Up until April 1st, 2015, there was not a regulatory body governing professionals working as psychotherapists in Ontario outside of the following:
Registered Psychologists, Registered Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, Occupational Therapists and Registered Nurses have the capacity to practise psychotherapy as governed and regulated by their respective colleges.
For those who have extended insurance coverage for some of the practitioners above, I wrote a previous post with details about who practising psychotherapy may be covered by benefits.
But now, not only can members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario practise psychotherapy according to the standards and regulations of the college, eventually only therapists who are members of CRPO can use the title, ‘Registered Psychotherapist’ or ‘Psychotherapist’ in Ontario.
The college provides a venue for clients and the public at large to have access to information on the profession of psychotherapy, as well as a process to provide accountability to practising psychotherapists.
If you are considering starting therapy with a psychotherapist, you may wish to learn about whether your chosen therapist is registered with one of the regulatory colleges.
If you have any specific questions regarding the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, please feel free to send me a note via my Contact Page and I would be happy to help clarify.
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