Psychotherapy Act: Information to Help Nurses Understand the Current Issues

--From the CNO website--
 
Psychotherapy now a regulated profession.
 
On April 1, 2015, the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 came into effect and the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPO) was created.
Nurses can no longer use the title “psychotherapist” because the new Act restricts its use to CRPO members. There are no other changes that affect nursing practice at this time because the controlled act of psychotherapy is not yet proclaimed
 
CNO Council Minutes from March 6th, 2014 also state:
"That Council support that Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) require an order to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy". For more details on the Council's discussion: http://www.cno.org/Global/1-WhatIsCNO/council/meetings/2014/Council%20Minutes%20-%20March%202014.pdf  
 
From the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario  www.crpo.ca
 
--Psychotherapy Act Proclaimed!--
 
On March 31, 2015, the transitional Council was advised by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) that the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 would come into force on April 1, 2015, thereby creating the new College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPO). In addition, Council learned that proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy has not been proclaimed into force at this time.
 
All those who have submitted applications for registration with the new College are advised that notifications regarding registration status are being sent out, via our Member Management System. Along with the notification, successful applicants will receive an invoice for their first year’s registration fee, and instructions about next steps to complete the registration process. IMPORTANT: please wait for your official invoice before attempting to pay your registration fee. If you have submitted an application and do not receive a notification in the next 2-3 weeks, this means your application is still under review.
 
--Who should register?--
 
·  Anyone who wishes to use the title, “psychotherapist” (or an abbreviation of that title), or who holds him/herself out as qualified to practise as a psychotherapist in Ontario must become registered, unless they are already a member of one of the other regulated professions whose members may practise psychotherapy.
 
For established practitioners, the ‘Grandparenting’ route to registration will be available for two years – until March 31, 2017. This does not mean that such practitioners should wait until the end of the grandparenting period to apply. Rather, they should consider whether they need to be registered, and should apply as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so.
 
--Postponement of the controlled act of psychotherapy--
 
Many will be wondering about the implications of this postponement and why it is necessary. Given that the controlled act is very broad, it has caused many mental health service providers to see themselves as possibly involved in performing this activity, thus requiring registration with the new College. Postponement of the controlled act will allow time to develop a better understanding of its meaning and implications. In the meantime, child and youth workers, addiction counsellors and mental health workers may continue to provide services without concerns about the proposed controlled act.
 
Kindly see two RNAO Letters in response to the issue of RNs requiring an order to initiate psychotherapy, sent in 2014 & 2015: