2001

HPRAC produced a report entitled Adjusting the Balance: A Review of the Regulated Health Professions Act. The report summarizes public input, provides analysis and lists recommendations for changes to the RHPA. [click year to view more details]

The recommendations that directly concern those in the mental health field are:

  • 2.b) "(That the Minister) ... invite a request for a referral from appropriate psychotherapy groups on amending the RHPA to list the additional controlled act of psychotherapy."
  • 5. "That Section 30 (1) of the RHPA be amended to add the element of psychological harm."
  • 6. "That Section 30 (1) of the RHPA be amended to remove the word 'serious'." This section would then read: "No person other than a member treating or advising within the scope of practice of his or her profession, shall treat or advise a person with respect to his or her health in circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that physical or psychological harm may result from the treatment or advice or from an omission from them." (The "member" to whom the legislation refers is a member of a regulated college, such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons or the College of Psychologists.)
  • 7. "That Section 30 (4) be amended to remove the word 'emotional' from the exemption for counselling". This section would then read: "Subsection (1) does not apply with respect to counselling about social, educational or spiritual matters." (Implication: if the above recommendations were implemented, most counsellors and psychotherapists in Ontario, who are not members of regulatory colleges, would no longer be allowed to practice)