The College Council met virtually on March 11, 2022. Information provided to members of Council for their review in anticipation of their deliberations and decision-making was posted on the homepage of College website a week in advance of meeting. Following the meeting, this information is archived on the website in the Council Meeting Materials Reference Library.
Council amended Policy II-5(iii): Quality Assurance Requirements for Members with a Certificate of Registration for Interim Autonomous. This amendment extended the exemption for compliance with Ontario’s QA requirements to members holding an Interim Autonomous Practice Certificate. This exemption only applies so long as these members comply with QA requirements of their home jurisdiction.
Amendments to By-law 5: Selection of Committee Chairs and Committee Members and By-law 20: Election to Council, Qualifications, Terms of Office, and Conditions for Disqualification were approved, following consultation with the membership. These amendments were necessary to meet the expectations set out in the College Performance Management Framework (CPMF). The amendments require members to participate in an orientation before they submit their nomination to run for Council, and establishes a one-year cooling off period between a member’s participation on the leadership of a psychology professional association and running for a Council seat.
The feedback received from members and reviewed by Council during the consultation period is available in the Council Materials and the amended By-laws are available in the By-laws section found in the Resources section of the College website.
College Performance Management Framework
In November 2020, the Ministry of Health introduced the College Performance Measurement Framework (CPMF). Ontario’s 26 health regulatory Colleges are required to prepare performance data in a standard format as detailed in the Framework, for review by the Ministry and for posting on the College website by March 31, 2022. The College completed the first CPMF in March 2021, reporting on the period January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. The current CPMF covers the period January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. At this meeting, the Council reviewed the completed draft CPMF and endorsed it for submission to the Ministry and posting on the College website. To view the College of Psychologist’s 2021 College Performance Measurement Framework please click here.
ABA Transitional Council Members
As the College prepares for proclamation of the Psychology and Applied Behaviour Analysis Act, 2021, it must develop, circulate, and submit for government approval, proposals for the regulation of Behaviour Analysts. At this meeting, the Council approved inviting two members of the profession of Applied Behaviour Analysis to sit as transitional, non-voting Council members until proclamation of the new Act.
The Council recognized the importance of engaging the new profession as part of the College governance structure to ensure that all proposals are in keeping with its public protection and public interest mandate, consistent with the nature of the profession. The addition of Behaviour Analyst representatives to the College Council will facilitate this engagement and offer the opportunity to begin to explore how a two-profession Council will operate.
The College has invited Behaviour Analysts to indicate their interest in serving on Council. The Executive Committee will review the expressions of interest received and appoint two individuals to take their seats as non-voting Council members at the meeting in June. Following proclamation, and in keeping with the provisions of the Psychology and Applied Behaviour Analysis Act, 2021, members of the profession will be elected to Council in accordance with the College By-law.
The Council reviewed and approved the Annual Budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year which begins on June 1, 2022.
The next meeting of Council will be held virtually on June 17, 2022.