The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) is one of six organizations that regulate the controlled act of psychotherapy in Ontario. Its purpose is to regulate its registrants in the interests of protecting the public. There are some excellent resources here for you to learn more about psychotherapy and the CRPO.
- Here are some questions you can ask a psychotherapist to learn more about how they operate.
- If you have a concern about the care you received from a psychotherapist please review this section of their site: Filing a Complaint.
- Psychotherapists are bound by Ethics and Standards of Practice. Regarding an online counselling practice the CRPO has guidelines and standards.
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national organization of professionally trained counsellors engaged in the helping professions. The CCPA offers counsellors exclusive educational programs, certification, and professional development. They award Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) certification, which recognizes of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics.
- The CCPA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice can be downloaded here. Regarding an online counselling practice please see Practice Standards B17 Delivery of Services by Telephone, Teleconferencing and Internet, pp. 35-37.
The American Psychological Association’s guidelines for Telepsychological Practice is a useful 8-page resource for how telemental health practices should operate.
The TeleMental Health Institute’s Bibiliography is an excellent resource of scholarly studies and other materials.