FAQ about the Alliance (6)

The following Frequently Asked Questions are about the Ontario Mental Health Alliance. Questions include the role of the Alliance, the differences between the Alliance and the College of Psychologists, and how the Alliance can support you through member organizations.


Is the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners the same as the College of Psychologists? Are we going to become a College?

Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:19

The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) is a group of associations, they themselves being non-statutory self-regulating bodies. The Alliance successfully worked with government to obtain the regulation of Psychotherapy and Counselling. This was done by actively lobbying the Ontario Government and responding to any queries about our sector in a unified, professional and consistent manner. The formation of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists was the result. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new College for more information.

How can I help increase the awareness of the issues that the OAMHP is faced with?

Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:35

If you belong to an Ontario mental health organization, we recommend finding out if it is a member organization of the Alliance. You can contact your organization to find out how they are involved. They may have volunteer committees that you could work with to help raise awareness. We also encourage mental health professionals to find out about the Alliance and its goals, and to help share its goals by spreading the word among your colleagues.

What should the Alliance mean to me as a mental health professional? What should it mean to my client?

Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:48

As a mental health professional:

  • the Alliance represents, and advocates for, Ontario’s psychotherapists and mental health professionals;
  • enhanced visibility within the community; and
  • increased networking opportunities with colleagues.

As a client:

  • continued cost-effective service,
  • increased accessibility to services covered by insurance,
  • maintenance or increase in the variety of services available.

Who should I contact if my organization is not listed, or if I don't belong to a mental health organization?

Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:52

We recommend that you join a mental health organization; some are listed on the Alliance website.

What is the future of the Alliance?

Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:53

The Alliance will continue to monitor the work that is being done by the Transitional Council to form the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists.

Will this Alliance become a disciplinary body for the mental health field?

Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:54

No, the Alliance is a group of associations with a common interest in pursuing regulation.