The Alliance

The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners is an umbrella organization whose members are professional associations in the field of mental health. The Alliance was formed to address the issue of regulating counseling and psychotherapy in Ontario. During the development of the College, it provided feedback to the Transitional Council. This website is an excellent resource because it provides introductions, updates, reports and resources intended to help keep member associations such as the OATA, as well as mental health professionals, members of the public and media well informed about the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

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College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario

The Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) is the governing body of a new health regulatory college in Ontario. The College is established under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).The mandate of the College is to regulate Registered Psychotherapists in the public interest, striving to ensure that practitioners are competent, ethical and accountable.

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

January 24, 2017 the CRPO put out a definition of the controlled act of psychotherapy as follows: 

"The controlled act of psychotherapy will be one of 14 "controlled acts" or healthcare activities which are restricted to members of certain regulated professions, due to the heightened risk of harm that these acts pose to the public. The controlled act of psychotherapy is defined as: "Treating, 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". (RHPA 1991)                             

Not all psychotherapy is a controlled act - only a subset of psychotherapy falls within the definition of the controlled act. "