Back in September, I completed my application to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Finally last week I heard back from them saying that my application has been accepted and I can use the title Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)!
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what this really means. Basically it means that I can practice the controlled act of psychotherapy, under the supervision of a qualified psychotherapy supervisor. What is the controlled act of psychotherapy you say? Well, according to the College itself:
Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life. (www.crpo.ca)
To become a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), I had to prove that I had acquired the skills necessary to practice psychotherapy in a safe and effective manner. Wilfrid Laurier University’s Master of Music Therapy program not only trained me as a music therapist, they also ensured that I received all the theoretical and practical knowledge that I needed to become a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In order to transition to an Independent Practice member of the College, I need to pass an exam and complete a set number of direct client contact hours and supervision hours.
I can’t wait to start working as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)!