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Regulatory Status of Counselling-related Professions: A Pan-Canadian Tour with a Stopover in Ontario. A Presentation for the National Capital Region Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association November 2012. Regulation Timeline. QUEBEC Title Protection

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regulatory status of counselling related professions a pan canadian tour with a stopover in ontario
Regulatory Status of Counselling-related Professions:A Pan-Canadian Tour with a Stopover in Ontario

A Presentation for the National Capital Region Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

November 2012

regulation timeline
Regulation Timeline

QUEBEC

Title Protection

“Guidance Counsellor”

Legislation (1963)

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Preparations, consultations, competency profile development (1995 – present)

PEI

Legislation being pursued (2009)

QUEBEC

Psycho-therapy Act (2012)

NOVA SCOTIA

Regulation proclaimed (2011)

ALBERTA

Health Act Amended – no regulation of counselling (2008)

MANITOBA

Health Act amended – no regulation of counselling (2009)

PEI

Consultations (2007)

2008

2009

2007

1963

1973

1995

2004

2010

2011

2012

NOVA SCOTIA

Legislation (2008)

QUEBEC

Reserved Title and Practice Protection Legislation: psychotherapy/reserved activities/mental health evaluations (2009)

QUEBEC

Creation of 4 Colleges:

for related registered professions

QUEBEC

Public Safety Ethics Legislation (1973)

QUEBEC

Shared competency profile (colleges, universities – for entry to practice and professional practice (2004)

ONTARIO

Regulation (Bill 171) Transitional Council in place (2009)

NEW BRUNSWICK

Legislation discussions begin (1994)

NEW BRUNSWICK

Legislation discussions (2009)

NEW BRUNSWICK

Bill in preparation for regulation created (2010)

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

No action on regulation portfolio

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

Preparations and legislation discussions

1995 - present

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

No action on regulation portfolio

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

Health Act amended 2008

No action on regulation portfolio

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

No action on regulation portfolio

slide8

STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

No action on regulation portfolio

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

Health Act amended 2009

No action on regulation portfolio

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

Legislation

2007

Transitional Council

in place 2009

Regulation anticipated 2014

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

Title Protection Regulation 1969

Amendments 1973, 2004

Practice Protection Regulation 2009

4 Colleges for Regulated Professions 2010

Psychotherapy Act 2012

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

No action on regulation portfolio

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

Legislation being pursued

2009

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

First reading of Bill for legislation developed (2013)

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STATUS OF COUNSELLOR REGULATION IN CANADA

Legislation

2008

Proclamation 2011

the ontario context
The Ontario Context
  • Ontario is working towards title protection and reserved activities for Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) and Registered Mental Health Therapists (RMHTs)
  • The Transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists is the governing body of a new health regulatory college
  • The Regulatory College (College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario) is not yet in place.
  • Professional Misconduct Regulations have been finalized and approved by the Government of Ontario – October 24, 2012
  • Quality Assurance and Registration Regulations are currently in draft form and have been submitted to the Government of Ontario for consideration.
the ontario context1
The Ontario Context
  • The Entry-to-Practice Competency Profiles for RMHTs and RPs were approved by Council in May, 2012. 
    • List of competencies required of individuals entering practice for the first time, focused on safe, effective and ethical practise across a variety of settings.
  • The draft Registration Regulationsets out registration requirements for five categories of membership, including time-limited ‘grandparenting’ provisions for both RP and RMHT categories.
  • The Education Framework for reviewing and recognizing education and training programs that prepare students with the entry-to-practice competencies identified in the draft Registration Regulation is under development.
    • List of recognized programs planned to streamline registration process - applicants who successfully complete a recognized program will be “fast-tracked”. Applicants who have successfully completed a non-reviewed program will be considered for registration through a more detailed review of their program, including transcripts, course descriptions, etc.
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The Ontario Context – Definitionshttp://www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca/pages/Home/Info_for_Applicants
  • Registered Psychotherapist
    • Main focus of practice is psychotherapy;
    • provide one-to-one, couple and/or group therapy;
    • therapy often extends for long periods (months or years);
    • often self-employed (in private practice);
    • intensive training/ education in psychotherapy.
  • Registered Mental Health Therapist
    • Psychotherapy is part of what they do or may be interwoven throughout;
    • provide a range of services; possibly, including forms of counselling that would not be considered psychotherapy;
    • generally provide therapeutic interventions of shorter duration;
    • mainly work in agencies/ other supervised settings;
    • educated/ trained in another human services discipline (addiction counselling, child & youth services, justice services, etc.).
the ontario context2
The Ontario Context
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) component:
    • criteria and process for assessing applicants for temporary, alternative route to registration for established Ontario practitioners (for both Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists). Also known as “grandparenting”.
    • Available for two years following proclamation of regulation.
    • Involves multiple components which are rated on a scale.
    • Some components are exemptible others are not.
    • Currency is an important requirement for Ontario practitioners who wish to be grandparented.
    • To be eligible to apply for grandparenting, a practitioner must have practised the profession, within the three years prior to proclamation:
      • for 500 hours in Ontario; and
      • for an additional 250 hours in any jurisdiction.
    • Information for future applicants can be found at http://www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca/pages/Home/Info_for_Applicants
what s happening right now
What’s happening right now?
  • Two task groups of the Transitional Council are completing:
    • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio structures that will gather information from applicants for grandparenting
    • Education Framework research to be used by education/ training programs applying for recognition by the transitional Council/ College. 
  • The Government of Ontario is reviewing
    • draft Registration Regulations
    • draft Quality Assurance Regulations
  • Consultants have been contracted to assist with tasks associated with the Educational Framework and the Grandparenting process.
  • Examinations:
    • A jurisprudence learning module has been created and is being finalized (online platform)
    • A professional practice examination has been created (online platform) for the RP category
    • A professional practice examination for the RMHT category is pending government feedback on the draft registration regulations
what happens next
What happens next?
  • The Government of Ontario approves, requests amendments, or rejects the draft Regulations for Registration and Quality Assurance
  • Once the Government approves the remaining draft regulations and any remaining programs or processes of the regulatory process are in place, the Psychotherapy Act 2007 may be proclaimed.
  • Pre-registration will occur prior to the proclamation of the Psychotherapy Act (perhaps as early as 2013)
  • Once the Psychotherapy Act 2007 is proclaimed, the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario comes into existence and:
    • Registration begins (perhaps as soon as 2013)
    • The grandfathering period begins
    • Applicants begin to submit their applications http://www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca/pages/Home/Info_for_Applicants
i m a ccc do i need to register
I’m a CCC: Do I need to register?
  • 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 health regulatory college whose members are authorized to practise 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)

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I’m a CCC: Do I need to register?http://www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca/pages/Home/Info_for_Applicants
  • If your work involves the Controlled/Authorized Act of Psychotherapy (also defined in the Act), you must be registered, or risk practising 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 in which you work. 
  • Authorized Act

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. (Psychotherapy Act, 2007, section 4)

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And now…

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

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Why Belong to CCPA

AND the Regulatory College?

why belong to ccpa and the regulatory college
Why Belong to CCPA AND the Regulatory College?

PURPOSE OF A REGULATORY COLLEGE:

A Focus on the Public -

  • To protect the public from potential harm

PURPOSE OF CCPA:

A Focus on You -

  • To protect you- the practitioner - from potential harm
    • To advocate for the profession
    • To provide ongoing professional learning opportunities
    • To provide cost-effective liability insurance
    • To conduct profession-related research and development

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why belong to ccpa and the regulatory college1
Why Belong to CCPA AND the Regulatory College?

Regulatory College membership

+

Association membership

=

best practice

You protect yourself as a professional and

protect the people you serve

important coordinates and contacts
Important Coordinates and Contacts
  • Email info@collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca
  • Website www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca
  • Telephone

Transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists 416 862-4801 | 888 661-4801

important coordinates and contacts1
Important Coordinates and Contacts
  • Email info@ccpa-accp.ca
  • Website www.ccpa-accp.ca
  • Telephone

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association 613-237-1099 | 877-765-5565