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We are lawyers for psychotherapists and work with registered psychotherapists to navigate regulatory issues at the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (“CRPO”). This includes advising on complaints, investigations, and discipline hearings related to the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, including the Professional Misconduct Regulation, the Quality Assurance Program Regulation, and the Registration Regulation.

How We Assist Psychotherapists

Our team of defence lawyers assists psychotherapists with the following regulatory issues:

  • Responding to various inquiries at the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, including drafting responses to patient complaints at the CRPO, which are reviewed by the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”);
  • Defending psychotherapists at CRPO discipline hearings, including those involving sexual abuse allegations where a zero tolerance policy is now in effect;
  • Assisting psychotherapists in CRPO registration applications;
  • Representing psychotherapists in CRPO appeals before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”) (e.g. where a decision of the ICRC has been made);
  • Assisting with CRPO fitness to practice matters;
  • Reporting past history, including criminal charges and findings of guilt, to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario; and
  • Advising psychotherapists on other practice issues that may arise, including quality assurance, dual practice, fees and billings, practicing out of province, self-referral, record-keeping, and audits of professional liability insurance (“PLI”).

Articles

The Controlled Act of Psychotherapy

On December 30, 2017, an amendment to the Regulated Health Professions Act came into force, introducing a new controlled act of “psychotherapy” into the regulatory scheme. Prior to this, the provision of the service of “psychotherapy” was not strictly regulated. 

Reviewing Decisions of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario at the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB)

The Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (“CRPO”) is responsible for addressing formal complaints against registered psychotherapists. After the ICRC disposes of a matter, psychotherapists and complainants will have the opportunity to request a review before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”). Based on our experience at HPARB proceedings, here is a brief overview of the review process.

What Psychotherapists need to know about Discipline Hearings at the CRPO

Following the investigation of a complaint to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) will decide how to address a psychotherapist’s conduct, and may make a referral to the Discipline Committee. This is the most serious disposition the ICRC can make, and can intensify what is likely an already stressful situation for a psychotherapist. What follows is a brief guide to discipline hearings.

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