What program of study will be accepted? (3)

When will a list of approved educational programs be available?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 23:57

The transitional Council is developing a ‘Framework’ (criteria & process) for reviewing and recognizing education and training programs that prepare students with required entry-to practice competencies. This is relevant to applicants using the regular route to registration. For grandparenting applicants, programs and courses do not require approval.

Until then, prospective applicants are advised to review the draft registration requirements and use them to informally assess whether a given program appears to meet the requirements.

Individuals who have completed graduate level education and training central to the practice of psychotherapy may apply for registration regardless of whether their education and training program has been recognized by the College.

Individuals who have completed programs that do not fulfill all the requirements may be eligible to register in the Qualifying Member category and work with clinical supervision until they complete outstanding requirements, for example, client contact hours, clinical supervision hours, limited course work or the registration examination.

How will Master’s degrees be assessed? By program or course by course?

Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:12

The transitional Council is developing a ‘Framework’ (criteria & process) for reviewing and recognizing education and training programs that prepare students with required entry-to practice competencies.

Until then, prospective applicants are advised to review the draft registration requirements and use them to informally assess whether a given program appears to meet the requirements.

Individuals who have completed graduate level education and training central to the practice of psychotherapy may apply for registration regardless of whether their education and training program has been recognized by the College. College staff will assess the education and training presented by an applicant to determine whether it meets the requirements or substantially meets the requirements. This may require scrutiny of individual courses.

Individuals who have completed programs that do not fulfill all the requirements may be eligible to register in the Qualifying Member category and work with clinical supervision until they complete outstanding requirements, for example, client contact hours, clinical supervision hours, limited course work or the registration examination.

It is likely the majority of applicants using the regular route to register will spend some time in the Qualifying category. Even those who meet ALL of the education and training requirements and the clinical experience requirements will need to be Qualifying until they are deemed eligible to write the registration exam and the College has received the results. With notification of passing the exam, the College will process a transfer of a fully qualified member to full RP class.

I have a master's degree in counseling psychology from a US school. Will the College just review the contents to determine approval?

The transitional Council is developing a ‘Framework’ (criteria & process) for reviewing and recognizing education and training programs that prepare students with required entry-to practice competencies.

Until then, prospective applicants are advised to review the draft registration requirements and use them to informally assess whether a given program appears to meet the requirements.

Individuals who have completed graduate level education and training central to the practice of psychotherapy may apply for registration regardless of whether their education and training program has been recognized by the College.

Individuals who have completed programs that do not fulfill all the requirements may be eligible to register in the Qualifying Member category and work with clinical supervision until they complete outstanding requirements, for example, client contact hours, clinical supervision hours, limited course work or the registration examination.

I received my Master's Degree in Community Counselling from KSU, in Kent, Ohio in the early 90's. I have been using the term Counsellor. How can I attest to being a psychotherapist when this is not the terms that we were using?

Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:29

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 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. 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.

If you are intending to apply via the Grandparenting route for current active practitioners in Canada, you will be asked to submit a letter of verification from a clinical supervisor, employer or professional colleague verifying that you have been practising psychotherapy.