Open Consultation on revised Standards for Psychotherapy

February 26, 2018
The College has proposed changes to the Standards for Psychotherapy and we would like to hear from you. Feedback will be used to inform any additional changes to the Standards. Findings will be presented to Council in June for approval prior to publication.

The Standards for Psychotherapy outline the expectations for safe, ethical and competent practice from occupational therapists (OTs) who are performing psychotherapy.

The main changes to the Standards include:

  1. Updated definition of psychotherapy
  2. Updated content related to the passing of the controlled act of psychotherapy
  3. Revisions to the language, terminology and format of the document to improve clarity
  4. Separation of the requirements pertaining to:

    • competence,
    • maintaining competence,
    • supervising students and support personnel

  5. The introduction of three new standards:

    • Supervision of Practice
    • Supervision of OTs and Other Practitioners
    • Use of Title Psychotherapist

Online survey

The deadline to submit your feedback is March 29, 2018 at 4:00pm.

We look forward to receiving your comments. If you have any questions, please contact our Practice Resource Services at 416.214.1177/1.800.890.6570 x240 or