On April 1, 2015, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario was finally given official status by the government. As of this blog, more than 6,000 potential therapists have submitted applications to join the new college. The application process is rigorous and demanding and requires a great deal of supporting documentation.
What this new college essentially will do is provide professional practice standards for all clients seeking service, including general professionalism (confidentiality of client information, consent and record-keeping) and conduct.
The vision of the College is provide leadership in professional self regulation, dedication to excellence, fairness, openness, responsiveness and respect for diversity.
What it will provide clients is assurance that psychotherapists in Ontario are held to the high standards of professional accountability and ethical and competent practice.
It will also regulate the use of the title of Psychotherapist. The initial's RP or Registered Psychotherapist after a clinician's name will indicate membership in the College and will not be permitted otherwise.
This new College will change the face of our practice in Ontario and will provide clients with confidence that our Psychotherapists are trained and accountable.