New college in town.
Yes, there is is a new college in town. It is not an academic institution but rather the newly proclaimed College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. It has been a long time coming but was finally proclaimed on April 1, 2015. Many individuals in the province put in years of hard work and dedication to make this happen. Many mental health practitioners who previously did not have a professional college to belong to now have a common umbrella with the CRPO.
I am now officially a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario and a regulated health professional. There are benefits for me and for my clients.The college outlines ethics and guidelines as to how I must practice as a psychotherapist. Individuals seeking counselling from a regulated professional now have more choice of therapist. Clients may now be able to utilize their extended health care or work benefits and have their fees covered. Potentially this means more people will get help when they need it and everyone benefits from that.