Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

HPRAC: The Controlled Act of Psychotherapy

RNAO supports HPRAC's general approach to regulation as it works within the structure of existing professional colleges who have been granted the authority to practice psychotherapy. Enabling them to set standards and educational requirements for psychotherapy will avoid the need for dual registration for professionals with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and their own Colleges.
RNAO is of the opinion that this clarifying document does not provide clarity. Furthermore, it shows a lack of understanding about how psychotherapy is practiced. This has led to a superficial and over simplified model which is not realistic or effective for practitioners or patients.

Summary of RNAO Recommendations:

  1. Provide a clear definition of psychotherapy which includes a wellness approach to further clarify the aspects of this practice which would make it a controlled act.
  2. Ensure that standards are put in place for psychotherapy and are consistent across the authorized professional colleges.
  3. Ensure members of the six colleges be entitled to use the protected title of "psychotherapist" without having to hold dual membership with their professional college and the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
  4. Ensure members of the six (6) Colleges are authorized to initiate and perform the controlled act of psychotherapy, without seeking an order from a prescriber.
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