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”).