CRPO Communiqué
September 2016
September 12, 2016

Dear CRPO Member or Stakeholder;

This month's Communiqué includes information about our first communications survey, the requirements to qualify as a clinical supervisor for registration purposes with CRPO, what events Members are required to self-report to CRPO and highlights from our most recent Council meeting. We hope this month's Communiqué provides you with useful and informative CRPO updates.
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2016 CRPO Communications Survey - We want to hear from you!

CRPO is conducting its first communications survey to help evaluate our current practices and to assist us with future communications planning. The survey will be an important tool to inform us about the communications preferences of our stakeholders so we can determine how our communications efforts can best serve you.

Take this quick survey  to help guide the future of CRPO's communications. The survey will be open until Sept. 30, 2016 . Your participation is greatly appreciated.

For more information about the survey, please contact Shauna Grey, Manager, Communications, at
Clinical Supervisor Competency Requirements
On April 1, 2018, CRPO will phase in new requirements for qualifying as a clinical supervisor. Specifically, clinical supervisors will need to demonstrate competence in providing clinical supervision. 
CRPO's Registration Committee has approved the following criteria for demonstrating competence in providing clinical supervision:
  1. The supervisor must be a Member in good standing of a regulatory college whose members may practise psychotherapy.*
  2. The supervisor must have five years' extensive clinical experience.
  3. The supervisor must meet CRPO's "independent practice" requirement (completion of 1000 direct client contact hours and 150 hours of clinical supervision).
  4. The supervisor must have completed 30 hours of directed learning in providing clinical supervision. Directed learning can include course work, supervised practice as a clinical supervisor, individual/peer/group learning, and independent study that includes structured readings.
  5. The supervisor must provide a signed declaration that they understand CRPO's definitions of clinical supervision, clinical supervisor, and the scope of practice of psychotherapy. 
CRPO staff may request evidence of 30 hours of directed learning in providing clinical supervision and may also request a letter of verification and a statement describing the supervisor's approach to providing supervision.

It is recommended that a clinical supervisor be able to provide their supervisee with a letter attesting to their competency, as set out in 1 through 5 above, that the supervisee would submit as evidence of supervision in the supervisee's application to CRPO.

*College of Nurses of Ontario; College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario; College of Psychologists of Ontario; College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario; Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Criteria 3-5 listed above will not take effect until April 1, 2018. Supervision received prior to this date must be provided by a Member in good standing of one of the regulatory colleges whose members may practise psychotherapy, who has extensive clinical experience (generally five years or more) in the practice of psychotherapy and who is competent in providing clinical supervision, in order for those hours to count for registration purposes with CRPO.
Mandatory Self-Reporting

One requirement of being a member of a regulatory body is self-reporting certain events to one's college. The following is a list of items that Members needs to disclose to CRPO: 
  • A finding of guilt in relation to any offence in any jurisdiction.
  • A finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity (or any similar finding), made by another regulator in any jurisdiction.
  • Any current proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity by another regulator in any jurisdiction.
  • A finding of professional negligence or malpractice in any jurisdiction.
  • A refusal by a regulatory body to issue registration or a license.
  • Any resignation or revocation of a Member's license with another regulator in any jurisdiction, and whether the Member's license was in good standing at the time.
  • Any other event that would provide reasonable grounds for the belief that the Member will not practise psychotherapy in a safe and professional manner.
  • Change of name or contact information.
To read more about this, including how to self-report an event, please visit the Mandatory Self-Reporting section of our website.
Council Highlights

The Council met at CRPO's office in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 to review and discuss a variety of matters, including reports from various committees, a clarification document on the controlled act of psychotherapy, stakeholder consultation on proposed by-law amendments and clinical supervisor competency requirements.

Council meetings are open to the public. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 24, 2016. Please see our reservation policy if you wish to attend a future Council meeting.