Do I need to register? (7)

This is the description and explains what type of questions you can find in this category

I am a nurse in the College of Nurses currently. I work at an agency counselling clients. I do only counselling and therapy now. Must I register with the CRPO?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:36

The College of Nurses has been granted the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy. The College of Nurses will have developed its own criteria for nurses who also provide psychotherapy/counselling services. If you are a Nurse who wishes to use the title Psychotherapist you must put your primary registration first. So you will need to present yourself as a RN, Psychotherapist. You should contact the College of Nurses for precise direction on this. When stating your titles you must indicate your designation from the College of Nurses first. For example, Nurse Psychotherapist. Only registered members of CRPO may call themselves Registered Psychotherapists.

I am a member in good standing of a professional organization. It means I have fulfilled a great many requirements. Is this not enough?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:44

All applicants to the CRPO must apply individually. There will be no special consideration given to any member of any association in Ontario, other provinces or nationally, who has a credential given by that association or who has membership in a particular association. The answer in the box above applies to you as well.

As a mental health counsellor who is in the final year of a Master's program and will be applying to certify with a professional association, will I be expected to apply to the CRPO?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:38

Deciding whether you need to be registered will depend on the nature of your work and whether it involves the controlled/ authorized act of psychotherapy – not on the associations you belong to or your current title or the sector in which you work. If your work falls within the Scope of Practice of Psychotherapy, as defined in the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, and you are not already registered with another regulatory college whose members are authorized to practice psychotherapy, you should consider becoming a member of the new College.

Scope of Practice

The practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication. -Psychotherapy Act, 2007, section 3.

If your work involves the Controlled/Authorized Act of Psychotherapy (also defined in the Act), you must be registered, or risk practicing in breach of the legislation.

The Controlled Act of Psychotherapy states:

In the course of engaging in the practice of psychotherapy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to treat, by means of psychotherapy technique delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.

Some practitioners treat clients who do not fall within this definition. It will be up to each individual therapist to determine if their clients fall within the definition noted above.

“Mental health therapists” and counsellors who choose not to become registered must be careful not to use any protected titles, and not to “hold themselves out” as qualified to practice psychotherapy in Ontario. They will need to be careful about how they describe their training and qualifications.

If I do counselling I don’t have to register with the CRPO but if I do Psychotherapy I do have to join the CRPO. What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:47

Deciding whether you need to be registered will depend on the nature of your work and whether it involves the controlled/ authorized act of psychotherapy – not on the associations you belong to or your current title or the sector in which you work. In the future, it may also depend on the expectation of your employer(s).

If your work falls within the Scope of Practice of Psychotherapy, as defined in the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, and you are not already registered with another regulatory college whose members are authorized to practice psychotherapy, you should consider becoming a member of the new College.

Scope of Practice

The practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication. -Psychotherapy Act, 2007, section 3. If your work involves the Controlled/Authorized Act of Psychotherapy (also defined in the Act), you must be registered, or risk practicing in breach of the legislation.

The Controlled Act of Psychotherapy states:

In the course of engaging in the practice of psychotherapy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to treat, by means of psychotherapy technique delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.

Some practitioners treat clients who do not fall within this definition. It will be up to each individual therapist to determine if their clients fall within the definition noted above.

“Mental health therapists” and counsellors who choose not to become registered must be careful not to use any protected titles, and not to “hold themselves out” as qualified to practice psychotherapy in Ontario. They will need to be careful about how they describe their training and qualifications.

Can practitioners who do not register still practice and call themselves a counsellor?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:56

The name that you place on your practice is not the relevant issue. You must look at your practice and decide if you fall within the parameters described by the College for mandatory registration. If your work falls within the Scope of Practice of Psychotherapy, as defined in the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, and you are not already registered with another regulatory college whose members are authorized to practice psychotherapy, you should consider becoming a member of the new College.

Scope of Practice

The practice ofpsychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication. If your work involves the Controlled/Authorized Act of Psychotherapy (also defined in the Act), you must be registered, or risk practicing in breach of the legislation.

Deciding whether you need to be registered will depend on the nature of your work and whether it involves the controlled/ authorized act of psychotherapy – not on your current title or the sector you work in.

The Controlled Act of Psychotherapy states:

In the course of engaging in the practice of psychotherapy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to treat, by means of psychotherapy technique delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning. Some clients do not fall within this definition. It will be up to each individual therapist to determine the characteristics of their clients.

Therefore if you do not use the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy in your practice and you do not hold yourself out to be a Psychotherapist you may call yourself a Counsellor. However, if any of your clients fall within the Controlled Act you must register or refer your client to a registered practitioner.

“Mental health therapists” and counsellors who choose not to become registered must be careful not to use any protected titles, and not to “hold themselves out” as qualified to practice psychotherapy in Ontario. They will need to be careful about how they describe their training and qualifications.

If I am a music therapist but my scope of practice doesn't really include psychotherapy but skill building with people who have developmental delays, do I still have to register? And if not can I still call myself a music therapist?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 02:02

The name that you place on your practice is not the relevant issue. You must look at your practice and decide if you fall within the parameters described by the College for mandatory registration. If your work falls within the Scope of Practice of Psychotherapy, as defined in the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, and you are not already registered with another regulatory college whose members are authorized to practice psychotherapy, you should consider becoming a member of the new College.

Scope of Practice

The practice ofpsychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication. If your work involves the Controlled/Authorized Act of Psychotherapy (also defined in the Act), you must be registered, or risk practicing in breach of the legislation.

Deciding whether you need to be registered will depend on the nature of your work and whether it involves the controlled/ authorized act of psychotherapy – not on your current title or the sector you work in.

The Controlled Act of Psychotherapy states:

In the course of engaging in the practice of psychotherapy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to treat, by means of psychotherapy technique delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning. Some clients do not fall within this definition. It will be up to each individual therapist to determine the characteristics of their clients.

Therefore if you do not use the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy in your practice and you do not hold yourself out to be a Psychotherapist you may call yourself a Counsellor. However, if any of your clients fall within the Controlled Act you must register or refer your client to a registered practitioner.

Therefore if you do not use the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy in your practice and you do not hold yourself out to be a Psychotherapist you may call yourself a Music Therapist. However, if any of your clients fall within the Controlled Act you must register or refer your client to a registered practitioner.

Why should I begin the pre-registration process if we do not yet have clarity on exemptions etc. who qualifies? Who has already been accepted and which bodies remain in question?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 02:08

Potential registrants are advised to start the process as soon as it is available as it may take some time to gather all of the information required.

In addition all applicants must complete the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module. The module is now available.

The jurisprudence (JRP) module is a learning program designed for adult learners. It presents information about Ontario law that regulated health professionals need to know in order to practise safely and ethically. The module is divided into 16 ‘lessons’ which can be completed in random order and at different times. Total time to complete the program is approximately four hours. Each lesson covers a different topic, with question sets appearing at intervals throughout. Information is presented visually on screen and by voice over (narrator).

The module can be completed in stages – over several days, weeks or even months. All submitted answers will be saved in the system, and you will be able to resume work on the module at your convenience. Failed question sets can be retried as many times as necessary to successfully complete them. A lock-out period of one hour follows a failed question set, to allow the applicant to review relevant learning material.

Successful completion of the JRP e-Learning Module will be required for registration with the College, and normally is completed prior to submitting an application for registration.

Before starting the module, prospective members are advised to read the online document, Professional Practice and Jurisprudence for Registered Psychotherapists – it provides all the background information required. For those who read the document first, the module will serve mainly as a review of the material.

Applicants should also be aware that the College does not use credit cards or cheques as a method of payment. A bank to bank transfer is used. The process takes 2-3 days for the bank transfer to be completed. Therefore, applicants should ensure that they leave themselves sufficient time to pay for the e-Jursipudence Module prior to their start of the module.

Information about the module can be found at www.crpo.ca