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Psychology Today's Therapy Directory and The Canadian Professional Counselors Association are offering you the chance to start getting new clients. Simply sign up for The Therapy Directory using the promotional code "CPCA" when prompted and you'll get 6 months absolutely FREE. That's a value of almost $180! Click here

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario 

Please follow the link below for a video seminar related to applying to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

The clip is just over an hour long, and sheds some light on the College’s membership process.

Information for Potential Applicants for the CRPO's Registered Psychotherapist designation

The website CRPO website can be found below for further information

CRPO staff can be reached at 1-888-661-4801 or 416-862-4801 for further information. Alternately, their email address is

Important read for all members (still in 2018)

2011 Utendale Legal Commentary

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Mr. Bryce have agreed to allow the CPCA to post the Utendale case legal commentary at the Association's website. All rights in this Commentary remain with the BCACC and Mr. Bryce.

Liability Insurance

MCF LogoThe Professional Insurance Program for CPCA administered through McFarlan Rowlands so we would like to take this opportunity to clarify the benefits of our program. In a free marketplace there are other providers that appear from time to time and seem to offer attractive rates and coverage only to disappear within a year or two. At this time it is important to review briefly our present insurance program.

McFarlan Rowlands developed and initiated our program over 20 years ago when there were no other insurance options available. Our program is designed specifically for the CPCA and its members and over time it has been adapted to cover all therapeutic modalities recognized by our association and performed by our members. The program also covers all clients of CPCA members regardless of age and interns pay the same premium as full members. Also as some of our members may be treating clients south of the border the policy was extended to cover both Canadian and US citizens.

Some of the other benefits offered by the CPCA program are:

  • Coverage for e-therapy
  • Coverage for copyright infringement
  • Free legal advice
  • Group benefits options (eg. Life insurance, Income Protection, Office Overhead, Personal Accident)

By comparison the other program takes a "one size fits all" approach for 'Canadian Therapy' and includes more than seventy (70) therapeutic activities. Most of these activities are not practised by our members yet the program excludes some activities that members do practise. For example, it covers kinesiology, acupuncture, and registered massage therapy yet excludes Marriage & Family Therapy and Addiction Counselling. Finally this "one size fits all" approach means that claims from all these activities are pooled together and as a result the premium paid by CPCA members will be impacted by the claims from all these other activities.

In short we believe that the McFarlan Rowlands CPCA professional insurance program provides the best insurance protection and the best value for our members.

We do however, understand the importance of keeping costs down and we are pleased to have negotiated a rate decrease of 15% for all members. This was possible due principally to our outstanding claims history and our competency-based requirements for membership. In addition and perhaps more significantly in recognition of our long standing relationship with McFarlan Rowlands and their relationship with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association these new rates ($190 for the 1 Million limit , $225 for the 2 Million limit and $290 for the 5 Million limit) are guaranteed for three years.

"I have had a chance to review the CPCA's loss ratio as well as some general malpractice claims information. In the mental health field the most common malpractice claims are usually allegations of some form/type of professional incompetence or misconduct. As you can appreciate, in an opinion-based profession their will always be those who disagree with the opinion given and in turn seek compensation. Likewise, the most common general liability claims stem from allegations of libel or slander. Ninety percent of the time these claims never make it to court, but the legal expenses can be quite substantial. While some claims are unavoidable, the CPCA have been fortunate enough to remain virtually claims free since the program's inception. This reflects your Association's high level of standards, as well as your member's competency."

Liability Insurance Program

Liability Insurance Application

Paul Hancock, CAIB
McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers
380 York Street,
London ON N6B 1P9

Why does Canada have a Shortage of Mental Health Workers?

  • Access to mental health services have been hindered by the traditional mental health model.
  • Provincial governments in the creation of public protection legislation have been misled by special interest groups which further limits access to mental health services.
  • Limited access to affordable mental health training programs has discouraged candidates from entering the mental health field.
  • This model has prevented provincial governments from meeting the mental health needs in the lower and middle income populations because services through competent, qualified professionals are not reimbursed.
  • Insurance companies and EAP providers have not met the mental health needs in the private sector because of credentialing and limiting sessions and (or) low level payment for services.
  • Academic communities have promoted academic credentialing as synonymous with competency in mental health training, a myth disproven by research statistics (e.g., there is no measurable difference in the effectiveness of a competent mental health professional regardless of academic credential)
  • Academic communities have equated higher credentialing with "public safety" rather than the reality:  competency equates with better public safety, not academic credentials.

Why Competency-based Mental Health regulation?

  • Allows for greater flexibility in the delivery of mental health services in rural, inner city, and small communities.
  • Allows for cost effective delivery of services in all communities.
  • Allows for more access to mental health services therefore offering earlier intervention and identification of mental health issues.
  • May reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues by creating more availability of information and services in all communities.
  • Promotes mental health issues as a higher priority through easier access, lower/no waiting times, more economic choice across a spectrum of qualified, competent professionals.

Sources: WPA journal, CPCA research, Comp Bureau study 2007

Mission Statement

Working together to promote and support
competency in clinical counselling & psychotherapy.