On April 1st, 2015 the new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) was proclaimed. The CRPO is a regulatory college under the Registered Health Professions Act, similar to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario or the College of Psychologists of Ontario. The mission statement of the CRPO is …
“To develop standards and procedures to regulate psychotherapists in the public interest, striving to ensure competent and ethical practice within a professional accountability framework.”
I am an active member of the CRPO with the registration status of Registered Psychotherapist or RP, registration number 1046. Only members of the CRPO are permitted to use this restricted title in order to make it easy for members of the public to determine what kind of training and experience the therapist with whom they are working may have. Registered Psychotherapists have to have a comprehensive training specific to the practice of psychotherapy. We also have to have tools and practices that allow us to assess our competency and safe and effective use of self (of our experiences, personalities, social skills, etc) on an ongoing basis.
Members of some other professions are also allowed to use the terms “psychotherapy” or “psychotherapist”. However, they are not permitted to use the title of RP or Registered Psychotherapist unless they have completed additional training that satisfies the requirements of the CRPO and are members of the CRPO. Their practices of psychotherapy underlie the regulations of their own regulatory college. These professions are:
- Medical doctors and psychiatrists
- Occupational Therapists
As a member of the CRPO I am bound by the regulations and standards of excellency that the college promotes. I am also bound by the CRPO’s Code of Ethics:
Code of Ethics
As a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, I strive to practise safely, effectively and ethically, and to uphold the following principles:
Autonomy & Dignity of All Persons
To respect the privacy, rights and diversity of all persons; to reject all forms of harassment and abuse; and to maintain appropriate therapeutic boundaries at all times.
Excellence in Professional Practice
To work in the best interests of clients; to work within my skills and competencies; maintain awareness of best practices; and to pursue professional and personal growth throughout my career.
To openly inform clients about options, limitations on professional services, potential risks and benefits; to recognize and strive to challenge my own professional and personal biases; and to consult on ethical dilemmas.
To strive to support justice and fairness in my professional and personal dealings, and stand against oppression and discrimination.
To participate in my community as a responsible citizen, always mindful of my role as a trusted professional; and to consult on potential conflicts-of-interest and other personal-professional challenges.
To conduct only basic and applied research that potentially benefits society, and to do so safely, ethically and with the informed consent of all participants.
Support for Colleagues
To respect colleagues, co-workers, students, and members of other disciplines; to supervise responsibly; to work collaboratively; and to inspire others to excellence.
Approved at Council November 16, 2011.
You can find out more about the CRPO at their website at http://www.crpo.ca/. My listing in the public register of the CRPO can be found here: https://www.terida.com/idms/directory/profile.seam?profileId=508. Should you ever find reason to be unsatisfied with or concerned about my work or work ethics and feel that you can not resolve your concerns in conversation and collaboration with me, you can address your concerns to the CRPO. You can find information about the Complaints and Concerns process here: http://www.crpo.ca/home/complaints-and-concerns/
Sabine Cox, RP – registration number 1046