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Consultation on Proposed Amendments to By-Law 18: Fees – Feedback Requested by September 10, 2019 – CLOSED

At the June 2019 meeting of the Council of the College of Psychologists, amendments to By-Law 18: Fees were approved for consultation with the membership. According to the Health Professions Procedural Code being Schedule 2 under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, amendments to this By-law must be circulated to members 60 days before final Council approval [94(1)(s), 94(2)]. If you wish to comment on the proposal please do so by  Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to [email removed no longer active].  Please note that this By-law amendment does not contain a proposal for a change in regular member renewal fees.

Proposal

To amend By-law 18: Fees to authorize the College to establish a reduced membership fee of $240 to issue a Certificate of Registration Authorizing Interim Autonomous Practice for temporary practice to eligible out-of-province practitioners.    

Background

Each year the College receives a number of inquiries from out-of-province practitioners asking for authorization to continue to provide services to one of their clients who will be residing temporarily in Ontario for school or work. The Psychology Act, 1991 and the Registration Regulation do not permit the practice of psychology in Ontario unless a person is a member of the College. The College does not have a courtesy or temporary register as do many other jurisdictions which would permit a provider, registered in another jurisdiction, to temporarily practice here. The public interest would be served by permitting Ontario residents, including those residing in the province temporarily, be afforded the opportunity to receive appropriate, regulated psychological services.     

Currently, a practitioner wishing to provide services within Ontario, even temporarily, must apply for a Certificate of Registration Authorizing Interim Autonomous Practice. This Certificate is intended for individuals who wish to practice while taking steps to obtain a regular Certificate of Registration Authorizing Autonomous Practice. To qualify for this Certificate, they are required to pay full membership fees. This cost to an out-of-province practitioner to obtain registration solely to continue to provide service to one of their existing clients is often regarded as onerous and prohibitive and it discourages most licensed providers from registering with the College for this limited purpose. As a result, clients temporarily residing in Ontario are unable to continue with the practitioner with whom they have an established therapeutic relationship.    

To support clients who are moving to Ontario temporarily and who require continued psychological services while residing here, the College is developing a process for membership which would permit practitioners to continue to serve their clients, on a short-term basis, through telepsychology.    

The process would permit the College to issue a limited Certificate of Registration Authorizing Interim Autonomous Practice to practitioners registered in another Canadian jurisdiction or those holding a Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB):

a) for the purpose of providing direct and continuous psychological service in Ontario for up to one year, to an existing client who has moved to Ontario temporarily; and, 

b) at a reduced fee given the temporary and limited nature of the service to be provided.    

This Certificate would be subject to any Terms, Limitations, Conditions or other restrictions in effect within the practitioner’s home jurisdiction or imposed by our College’s Registration Committee. In addition, the practitioner would be required to enter into an Undertaking and Agreement with the College to:

a) Provide services only to existing clients from their home jurisdiction who are temporarily residing in Ontario and for whom it would be clinically ill advised or impractical to transfer service;

b) Remain in good standing and retain full, active status membership in the home jurisdiction;

c) Provide a reason for the request, including an anticipated estimated length of service needed;

d) Be familiar, and agree to comply, with the College’s Standards of Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct Regulation and all other jurisprudence applicable to Ontario members; and,

e) Be subject to the complaints and discipline authority of the College.    

Fees

Currently, Interim Autonomous Practice Members are required to pay the regular membership fee of $795 per year in addition to a $100 application fee. This permits them to practice full time in Ontario, without restrictions, while working toward full autonomous practice in Ontario.     

Given the limited scope of the the Certificate to be issued for temporary practice in Ontario, the College Council is recommending a reduced membership fee of $240 in addition to the standard $100 application fee. As with other Certificates, this would be prorated monthly for the period it was in force. An amendment to By-Law 18: Fees is required to establish this fee by including the addition of 18.4 f. shown in blue.     

18.4  The annual fee for membership is,

a. $795 for members who hold

1. a Certificate of Registration Authorizing Autonomous Practice,

2. a Certificate of Registration Authorizing Interim Autonomous Practice,

b. $550 for members who hold a Certificate of Registration Authorizing Supervised Practice;

c. $238.50 for members who hold an Inactive Certificate of Registration;

d. $50 for members who hold a Retired Certificate of Registration;

e. $397.50 for members who hold an Academic Certificate of Registration; and,

f.  $240 for members who hold a Certificate of Registration Authorizing Interim Autonomous Practice for temporary, limited practice and who have entered into an Undertaking and Agreement with the College. 

Briefing Notes were prepared for Council regarding the development of this mechanism for Practice in Ontario by Practitioners from Other Canadian Jurisdictions or those Holding a Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of States and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) as well as the proposed amendment to By-Law 18: Fees. These are available on pages 45-49 of the June 2019 College Meeting Materials Package.

If you have any comments regarding this fee proposal we would like to hear from you. Please email your feedback to [email removed no longer active] by Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Rick Morris, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Registrar & Executive Director

Use of the Title Psychologist by All Providers of Psychological Services in Ontario – Deadline for Responses: Friday April 12, 2019 – CLOSED

The College is undertaking a broad consultation regarding the recent decision of the College Council to permit all members, regardless of their qualifying academic degree, to use the title Psychologist. To facilitate this consultation, please complete the survey on the Use of the Title Psychologist by all Providers of Psychological Services in Ontario. [Link for survey is no longer available as this consultation is now closed.]

 To ensure transparency and to encourage engagement of College members, the public and other stakeholders, a summary of the feedback received will be posted on the website as part of the Council Materials for the June 2019 meeting. The College will make reasonable efforts to remove personal identifiers and information that may identify a third party prior to posting but will not review submissions for grammar, spelling or accuracy.

Your response to the survey by Friday, April 12, 2019 would be appreciated.

Rick Morris, Ph.D., C.Psych.Registrar & Executive Director 

Amendments: By-law 5: Selection of Committees Chairs and Committee Members and By-law 21: Committee Composition – CLOSED

Amendments: By-law 5: Selection of Committee Chairs and Committee

Members and By-law 21: Committee Composition
At the meeting of the Council of the College of Psychologists held on June 22, 2018, a motion was passed to circulate proposed amendments to By-law 5: Selection of Committee Chairs and Committee Members and to By-law 21: Committee Composition. According to the Health Professions Procedural Code being Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), amendments to some By-laws must be circulated to members 60 days before they are approved by Council. If you wish to comment on the proposals, we would appreciate hearing from you by Friday, August 31, 2018 so your feedback can be included in the Council discussions at its next meeting.

There are a number of changes to By-law 5: Selection of Committee Chairs and Committee Members, many of which are ‘housekeeping’. The most substantive change relates to delineating the role of the Chair of the Committee and the introduction of a Vice-Chair position. Close communication between the Committees and the Council is very important. As not all Committee Chairs are necessarily members of Council, the role of Vice-Chair was introduced with the requirement that at least one of the Chair or Vice-Chair must be a member of Council. In this way, Council will have a direct line of communication to each Committee.
 
The change to By-law 21: Committee Composition is relatively minor. In describing the composition of the Registration Committee, the Council wished to emphasize the need for the Committee to have members who are familiar with the psychology training programs. While not a strict requirement, the change to the By-law would suggest that Registration Committee membership should include members with “academic involvement”.

Click here for a copy of By-law 5: Selection of Committee Chairs and Committee Members showing the amendments with an accompanying explanation of the proposals. Additions are shown as underlined in blue with deletions marked as strikeouts in red By-law 21: Committee Composition, with the proposed changes is available by clicking here.  

The College Council will be discussing these amendments at the September 2018 meeting. If you wish to provide any comments we would appreciate hearing from you by Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
 
Please submit your feedback to: bylawconsultation@cpo.on.ca (email no longer in use, please send any questions to cpo@cpo.on.ca)

To ensure transparency and to encourage engagement from College members, the public and other stakeholders, the feedback received will be posted on the website as part of the Council Materials for the September meeting. The College will make reasonable efforts to remove personal identifiers and information that may identify a third party prior to posting but will not review submissions for grammar, spelling or accuracy.

Rick Morris, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Registrar & Executive Director

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to By-Law 25: The Register and Related Matters – Feedback Requested by Monday June 18, 2018 – CLOSED

At the meeting of the Council of the College of Psychologists held on March 9, 2018, a motion was passed to circulate proposed amendments to By-law 25: The Register and Related Matters. According to the Health Professions Procedural Code being schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), amendments to this By-law must be circulated to members 60 days before it is approved by Council. If you wish to comment on the proposals, we would appreciate hearing from you by Monday, June 18, 2018 so your feedback can be included in the Council discussions at its next meeting.

Amendments to the RHPA made in May 2017 necessitate changes to our College’s Register By-law. A review of the By-law suggested that several sections are no longer necessary as the matters are now captured in the legislative amendments. In addition, the Council is proposing some changes and edits related to transparency initiatives, other items that have been brought to the College’s attention, as well as some housekeeping changes to be addressed while the By-law is being amended.

The most substantive amendment relates to the posting of full reprimands issued by the Discipline Committee. It is currently the practice of many other health regulatory Colleges to post the entire reprimand rather than just a synopsis, as expressly required by legislation. The College Discipline Committee is of the opinion that the full reprimand, not only a summary, should consistently be posted on the public register as this is the most transparent approach. The Committee noted that only posting a summary could give rise to concerns regarding the decisions made as to which parts of the reprimand were posted and which were withheld.

Click here for a copy of By-law 25: The Register and Related Matters showing the amendments with an accompanying explanation of the proposals. Additions are shown as underlined in blue with deletions marked as strikeouts in red.

The College Council will be discussing these amendments at the June 2018 meeting. If you wish to provide any comments we would appreciate hearing from you by Monday, June 18, 2018. Please submit your feedback to [email removed, no longer active].

To ensure transparency and encourage engagement from College members, members of the public and other stakeholders, the feedback received will be posted on the website as part of the Council Materials for the June 2018 meeting. The College will make reasonable efforts to remove personal identifiers and information that may identify a third party prior to posting but will not review submissions for grammar, spelling or accuracy.

Rick Morris, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Registrar and Executive Director

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to By-Law 18 Fees. Feedback requested by November 27, 2017 – CLOSED

To download the consultation with the proposed changes to By-law 18: Fees please click here.

Introduction
At the meeting of the Council of the College of Psychologists held on September 15, 2017, a motion was passed to circulate proposed amendments to By-Law 18: Fees. According to the Health Professions Procedural Code under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, amendments to this By-law must be circulated to members 60 days before it is approved by Council [94(1)(s), 94(2)]. If you wish to comment on the following proposal, we would appreciate hearing from you by Monday, November 27, 2017.

Please note that the By-law amendment does not contain a proposal for a change in annual member renewal fees.

Rationale
Over the past year, a number of matters have arisen suggesting the need for amendments to By-law 18: Fees. The By-law was previously reviewed in 2016-2017 with changes made to the fees charged for new member examinations and for professional corporation applications and renewals. No changes to College membership fees are being considered at this time. The amendments being proposed relate to: 

  1. Housekeeping deletion of section related to anticipated proclamation of the Registration Regulation which has subsequently been proclaimed;
  2. Administration Fee charged to members who do not submit their Quality Assurance documentation on time and as required;
  3. Professional Corporation fees for non-renewal of the Certificate of Authorization on time; and,
  4. Fees Related to Orders and Directions of the College.

 Background
 
1. Housekeeping Amendment
When By-law 18: Fees was amended in December 2014, section 18.4 was inserted in anticipation of the proclamation of the amended Registration Regulation. This did not affect member fees but was inserted to ensure the language of the By-law was consistent with that of the anticipated Regulation. The amended Registration Regulation was proclaimed in April 2015 and therefore, this transitional section is no longer required.

2. Quality Assurance Administration Fee
Currently, By-law 18: Fees states that:

18.7 A fee of $25.00 shall be paid by a member who is sent a second reminder letter notifying the member of failure to complete the mandatory Declaration of Completion related to the Self-Assessment Guide and Professional Development Plan.

Since this section of the By-law was introduced, there have been changes to the Quality Assurance Program which expand the mandatory requirements to include those associated with continuing professional development. In addition, the Quality Assurance Committee has determined that $25.00 is insufficient both in terms of the considerable administration time spent following up with some members who do not submit the required forms or as an incentive to members to complete the requirements on time.

In consideration of the above, the proposed amendment would capture both the expanded mandatory requirements and increase the administration fee charged. The amended wording, to be included in a new section entitled Fees Related to Orders and Directions of the College would read:

 18.19(b) For the College’s Quality Assurance Program, a fee of $100 for failure to complete any of the mandatory requirements of the College’s Quality Assurance Program within the timelines established by the Quality Assurance Committee.

3. Professional Corporation Fee
Currently, By-law 18: Fees states that:
18.17 A professional corporation or a member listed in the College’s records as a shareholder of a professional corporation shall pay an administrative of $50.00 for each notice sent by the Registrar to the corporation or member for failure of the corporation to renew its certificate of authorization on time. The fee is due within 30 days of the notice being sent.

The amendment to By-law 18: Fees would delete this section. Since this section of the By-law was introduced, there have been changes in the process used to notify members regarding outstanding renewal of the certificate of authorization for their corporation. The College no longer sends reminders of overdue renewals but rather issues the required 60-day Notice of Revocation on past due renewals. This Notice serves as the reminder and is then enforced at the end of the 60-day period. There is no administration fee charged for the issuance of the Notice.

4. Fees Related to Orders and Directions of the College
Currently, By-law 18: Fees does not speak to the College’s authority to require a member to pay for costs associated with any order or direction that a Committee of the College is authorized, by statute, to make with respect to a member. This includes the authority of the Discipline and/or Fitness to Practice Committee to impose orders requiring a remedial, educational, mentorship and/or monitoring components which have associated costs. Included also are fees for monitoring, supervision, or assessment pursuant to a decision of the Registration Committee or for Specified Continuing Education or Remedial Programs (SCERP) or other orders imposed under the authority of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee. The amendment to By-law-18 is proposed to make clear and transparent that costs associated with such orders or directions of the College are the responsibility of the member.

In keeping with this, a new section is added to By-law 18: Fees to read:

Committee and Program Fees
18.20 The Registrar may charge members a fee for anything that a committee of the College is required or authorized to do under statute or regulations.

18.21 Committee and program fees include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Cost of hearings or other items ordered by the Discipline Committee;
(b) For the College’s Quality Assurance Program, a fee of $100 for failure to complete any of the mandatory requirements of the College’s Quality Assurance Program within the timelines established by the Quality Assurance Committee;
(c) For individual education or remediation programs, the fee charged by and payable to the supervisor, monitor, mentor or program;
(d) For monitoring, supervision, or assessment pursuant to a decision of the Registration Committee, the fee charged by and payable to the monitor, supervisor, mentor or assessor;
(e) Fees and/or costs related to activities, including but not limited to programs and assessments, referred to in acknowledgements and undertakings entered into by a member with the College; and,
(f) Fees and/or costs related to orders and directions of the College Committees.

18.22 Any outstanding balance owed to the College in respect of any decisions made by a Committee, and any fees payable under this By-law will be added to and included in the member’s annual fees.

Discussion and approval of these amendments will be on the agenda for the December 2017 meeting of the College Council. If you wish to comment on the proposal we would appreciate hearing from you by Monday, November 27, 2017. You may do so by emailing feesbylawconsultation@cpo.on.ca  

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Rick Morris, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Registrar and Executive Director

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to By-law 20: Election to Council Qualifications, Terms of Office and Conditions for Disqualification. Feedback requested by November 27, 2017 – CLOSED

To download the consultation with the proposed amendments to By-law 20: Election to Council, Qualifications, Terms of Office and Conditions for Disqualification please click here.

At the meeting of the Council of the College of Psychologists held on September 15, 2017, a motion was passed to circulate proposed amendments to By-law 20: Election to Council, Qualifications, Terms of Office and Conditions for Disqualification. According to the Health Professions Procedural Code under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, amendments to this By-law must be circulated to members 60 days before it is approved by Council [94(1)(s), 94(2)]. If you wish to comment on the following proposal, we would appreciate hearing from you by Monday, November 27, 2017.

Beginning in June 2016, the College Council began to consider several amendments to By-law 20: Election to Council. . . These included revised criteria for the appointment of academic members, changes to the process for opting into Electoral District 7 (Psychological Associates), and housekeeping amendments related to the use of the online nominations and balloting process.

Click here for a copy of By-law 20: Election to Council, Qualifications, Terms of Office and Conditions for Disqualification showing the amendments with an accompanying explanation for the proposals.

The College Council will be discussing these amendments at the December 2017 meeting. If you wish to comment on the proposal we would appreciate hearing from you by Monday, November 27, 2017.

You can submit your feedback to electionsbylawconsultation@cpo.on.ca  Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Rick Morris, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Registrar and Executive Director

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to By-Law 21: Committee Composition – CLOSED

At the meeting of the Council of the College of Psychologists held on June 23, 2017, a motion was passed to circulate to the membership proposed amendments to By-Law 21: Committee Composition. According to the Health Professions Procedural Code under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, amendments to this By-law must be circulated to members 60 days before it is approved by Council [94(1)(h.2), 94(2)]. If you wish to comment on the following proposal, we would appreciate hearing from you by Thursday, August 31, 2017.

The proposed amendments specifically relate to the membership of the Fitness to Practice Committee, the Quality Assurance Committee, and the Client Relations Committee and, if approved, would provide for the option to permit additional appointments to these Committees.

Currently, the By-law prescribes the Committee membership as follows:

Fitness to Practice Committee:
i.   two members of the Council who are members of the College;
ii.  one member of the Council appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant  Governor in Council;
iii. two members of the College who are not members of the Council

Quality Assurance Committee:
i.   two members of the Council who are members of the College;
ii.  one member of the Council appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant  Governor in Council;
iii. two members of the College who are not members of the Council
 
Client Relations Committee:
i.   two members of the Council who are members of the College;
ii.  two members of the Council appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant  Governor in Council;
iii. two members of the College who are not members of the Council

The proposal, if approved, would make the current membership composition the minimum while allowing for additional appointments, if necessary. This would be accomplished by inserting the words “at least” before each statement, e.g., “at least two members of the Council who are members of the College”.

In considering the Committee appointments for 2017-2018, the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee and the Executive Committee noted that a specific number of members is prescribed in the By-law for the Fitness to Practice, Quality Assurance and Client Relations Committees. This is in contrasts with the other Committees in which the number of appointments is a prescribed minimum. It was seen to be appropriate to amend the composition for these three Committees making them consistent with the composition requirements of the other College Committees. Such an amendment would permit the appointment of additional members of the profession who have expressed interest in College Committee work and, as well, allow for increased membership to be dependent upon the Committee workload.

If approved, By-Law 21: Committee Composition, would read as follows (insertions noted in blue).
21.5  The Fitness to Practice Committee shall be composed of:
(a) at least two members of the Council who are members of the College;
(b) at least one member of the Council appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant  Governor in Council;
(c) at least two members of the College who are not members of the Council

21.6  The Quality Assurance Committee shall be composed of:
(a) at least two members of the Council who are members of the College;
(b) at least one member of the Council appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant  Governor in Council;
(c) at least two members of the College who are not members of the Council
 
21.7 The Client Relations Committee shall be composed of:
(a) at least two members of the Council who are members of the College;
(b) at least two members of the Council appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant  Governor in Council;
(c) at least two members of the College who are not members of the Council

Discussion and approval of these amendments will be on the agenda for the September 2017 meeting of the College Council. If you wish to comment on the proposal we would appreciate hearing from you by Thursday, August 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College.  Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Draft Standards of Professional Conduct (2016) Feedback Requested by December 12, 2016 – CLOSED

The Standards of Professional Conduct (Standards) set out the expectations of the College of Psychologists of Ontario for the ethical practice of psychology by its members. All members are required to adhere to the Standards when providing psychological services and failure to do so may constitute professional misconduct. 

The current Standards have been in use since September 2005, with some minor revisions made in March 2009.

The review of the Standards began in the fall of 2014. Consultation with members of the profession and other stakeholders suggested that, for the most part, the content remains relevant and appropriate to contemporary psychological practice. The Standards review did suggest however, the need for some revisions being sensitive to the heightened awareness of the need to prevent sexual abuse of patients; members’ and clients’ increasing use of emerging technology, including telepsychology; and, challenges in the practice of supervision provided by members. 

 

 At the recent meeting of the College Council, the draft proposed Standards of Professional Conduct (2016) were approved for circulation and comment to members of the College as well as from other stakeholders whose activities are influenced and affected by our members’ professional conduct. A full copy of the updated Standards is available here:


 

In order to assist you in reviewing the changes made, a Summary of Proposed Revisions to the Standards has been developed which presents the current Standard, the proposed revision, and the reason for the suggested change can be accessed here: 
No longer available

 

In order to efficiently gather your comments, we have created a survey which you can access here: SURVEY CLOSED . 

Feedback may also be provided by e-mail (standards@cpo.on.ca), or mail to:


The College of Psychologists of Ontario
Standards Consultation
110 Eglinton Avenue West
Suite 500
Toronto, ON M4R 1A3



We would appreciate receiving your survey comments by Monday, December 12, 2016.

Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with your views.

By-Law 18 Fees – Feedback Requested by December 15, 2016 – CLOSED

At the September meeting of the College Council, consideration is given to the College fee structure for the upcoming year beginning June 1, 2017. As has been the case for the past 15 years, since June 2002, the College is pleased to announce that there will be no increase in the annual membership fee for the 2017-2018 year. In considering fees for the upcoming year, the Council is recommending fee reductions in two areas. 

The Council is recommending reduction in examination fees in order to assist the newest members of the profession. There is recognition that the fees associated with becoming a member of the College can prove to be a hardship for many individuals seeking registration. Therefore, the College is suggesting a reduction in the fees charged for the Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination (JEE) and the Oral Examination. It was felt that this assistance would be both beneficial to our newest members and acceptable to the larger membership. While it is recognized that the fees for the Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)do increase the overall cost of the registration process, these are set by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and therefore not available for College consideration.

The following fee changes are being recommended:

   Current Fee    Recommended Fee
JEE$270$200
Oral Examination Fee      $740$550

The Council also reviewed the fees currently charged for both the initial application and annual renewal of professional corporations. It was noted that these fees were set about a decade ago when forming a professional corporation first became possible for members. At that time, the fees were established based on discussions with other similar sized Colleges who were also developing corporation registration and renewal processes. Given the experience of the College in handling the applications and renewals and efficiencies introduced into the processes, Council has determined that a fee reduction would be appropriate.

The following fee changes are being recommended:

 Current Fee       Recommended Fee  
Initial Professional Corporation Application            $500$350
Annual Renewal of Professional Corporation$350$250

A change to any College fee requires an amendment to By-Law 18: Fees with proposed changes circulated to the membership for comment. Council will consider all feedback and approve final changes to the by-law to be effective June 1, 2017.

Members are invited to provide their comments on the proposed amendments to By-Law 18: Fees. Comments should be received by December 15, 2016 and may be sent by e-mail, facsimile or regular mail:

Email: feesbylaw@cpo.on.ca

Fax: 416-961-2635

Regular mail:

Fees Bylaw, CPO

110 Eglinton Ave West, Suite 500

Toronto, ON M4R 1A3

You may view the Bylaw with the proposed amendments tracked at the link below.

Attachment:

Bylaw 18 – Fees – with proposed changes tracked.

Pilot Testing of Mandatory Continuing Education Program – Feedback Requested by December 15, 2016 – CLOSED

After much time and effort over many years on the part of the Quality Assurance Committee, amendments to the College’s Quality Assurance Regulation came into force in April 2015. Among the new features of the Regulations is a provision for mandatory participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

The Quality Assurance Committee has developed a CPD program which will afford members the opportunity to fulfill the mandatory requirements through a combination of professional activities along with participation in both formal and informal continuing education workshops and seminars. 

At this time, the Committee wishes to provide opportunities for member feedback before full implementation of the program. 

The College has prepared test versions of an optional electronic tracking sheet that will allow members to enter information about their CPD activities on an ongoing basis. The version for use with a PC will tabulate the number of credits earned towards satisfaction of the program requirements. Unfortunately, tabulations are not supported on the Mac version. 

We hope that you will take the time to review and test this program and the tracking sheets and provide us with feedback via the Member Feedback Survey before December 15, 2016. A Member Feedback Survey is attached and can be accessed multiple times. 

Attached, please find links to :

  1. College of Psychologists of Ontario Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program
  2. Questions and Answers about the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program
  3. Electronic Tracking sheet PC Version
  4. Electronic Tracking sheet Mac Version
  5. Sample Continuing Professional Development Tracking Sheet  
  6. Member Feedback Survey (CLOSED)

PLEASE NOTE: The requirements set out in the CPD program are not yet in effect. We are presenting this opportunity for member feedback before full implementation of the requirements.