Requirements and Regulations
Spiritual Psychotherapy Students
- Students must be 18 years of age or older and have completed high school. Mature students of 21 years of age may also apply.
- An undergraduate degree is required for admission. As is the case with every other academic or modality based institution, equivalency to an undergraduate degree may be considered for application through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
- You can go to your therapist of choice. Click here to see how you can do therapy at a reduced fee through the College’s Psychotherapy Clinic.
- For part-time studies, you must be enrolled in the Discovering the Total Self Program. The 10 modules need to be completed to graduate from the Spiritual Psychotherapy Training Program.
- At least 100 hours of individual and/or group therapy need to be completed to receive a Diploma. Therapy should be started before the program begins. Therapists must do their own inner work before they can become effective professionals.
- It is recommended that one Intensive be completed during the first year at the College. The hours for the Intensive can be applied towards the required 100 therapy hours.
- An on-line course in Clinical Psychopharmacology needs to be completed at an additional cost of $67 US. Includes a reference text.
Practicum and Exams
Students will have practicums to complete involving practice therapy sessions. Homework assignments and open book quizzes will also be given. Two take-home exams will be assigned. The on-line Clinical Psychopharmacology needs to be completed for graduation.
- Upon completion of Transformational Arts’ requirements a Diploma in Spiritual Psychotherapy will be issued to the graduate.
- Students must attend 100% of classes in order to receive a Diploma from Transformational Arts. (Make-up classes can be scheduled)
- A passing mark of 75% for exams must be obtained. Assignments, quizzes and practicums must also be completed.
- This program involves a minimum of 590 hours of classroom teaching including certain segments of the Case Studies, Clinical Supervision and Competencies Course and the hours from the Total Self Program, plus an online course in psychopharmacology. For the Total Self Program, 75% attendance is required for each module.
Psychotherapy Legislation in Ontario Update:
The profession of Psychotherapy was regulated in Ontario in 2015 by the newly formed College of Registered Psychotherapists which is accountable to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Regulation has involved developing standards for the practice of psychotherapy, ensuring that practitioners are competent, ethical and accountable, while protecting the public interest. Professional Misconduct Regulations and Quality Assurance Regulations have come into force.
The Psychotherapy Act, 2007 was proclaimed into law on April 1, 2015. All psychotherapists practicing in Ontario must be registered with the new regulatory college. Application to the college for RP via the grandparenting route opened in April 2015. Application via the regular route opened in December 2015.
An undergraduate degree and an educational program of at least 360 hours of training are required. Education must lead to the development of specific entry-to-practice competencies. An undergraduate degree is required for admission to Transformational Arts’ Spiritual Psychotherapy Program. As is the case with every other academic or modality-based institution, equivalency to an undergraduate degree may be considered for application through PLAR—Prior Learning Assessment Recognition.
Professional Title: Registered Psychotherapist or RP. If applicants meet all registration requirements of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, they will be able to use the title Registered Psychotherapist. The professional title of Registered Psychotherapist, or RP (including abbreviations and variations) is a protected title under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007. Upon completion of all Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training requirements, a Diploma in “Spiritual Psychotherapy” will be issued to the graduate.
Transformational Arts has instituted program revisions and will continue further program adaptations and enhancements to ensure entry-to-practice requirements of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, are met. Transformational Arts is currently applying to be a recognized school with CRPO. For details on Psychotherapy regulation go to www.crpo.ca.
Transformational Arts is excited to be part of this pioneering initiative to recognize and regulate psychotherapy as a distinct profession allowing a wide diversity of modalities. The spiritual component of psychotherapy training at Transformational Arts allows you to focus your career with a strong psychospiritual approach.
The Benefits of Regulation
- The profession of Psychotherapy will be recognized by both government and public alike.
- The recognized title of Registered Psychotherapist reflects extensive training and experience.
- More job opportunities will become available as Psychotherapy moves into institutions and agencies.
- Required Errors & Omission insurance becomes easier to obtain.
- Insurance companies are likely to recognize psychotherapy for EAP (Employee Assistance Program).
- Increased earning potential can be realized.
- Credentials will be recognized for workshops.
Transformational Arts attends, in an observatory capacity, the meetings of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
Regulation of Registered Psychotherapists—College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
After passing a provincial Jurisprudence e-learning Module with CRPO, graduates from Transformational Arts’ program will be able to apply and practice as Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying) under clinical supervision until 450 client contact hours and 100 hours of case supervision have been completed at which point they become Registered Psychotherapists after passing a provincial exam. All Registered Psychotherapists (whether applying through the grandparenting or the regular route) must have a total of 1,000 hours of direct client contact and 150 hours of clinical supervision in order to practice without clinical supervision. For details on Psychotherapy regulation go to www.crpo.ca.
Province of Ontario Regulated Title:
Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
Revenue Canada Lifelong Learning Plan Eligibility
The Changing Landscape for Psychotherapy in Ontario
In passing the Psychotherapy Act (2007), the Ontario Government has:
- formally recognized psychotherapy as a distinct profession, and
- announced plans to create a College to oversee this newly regulated health profession.
The regulation of psychotherapy requires setting education and training standards:
- to determine eligibility for entry into the practice of psychotherapy and
- as a basis of assessment for safeguarding the ongoing quality of psychotherapy provided in Ontario.
Setting one core training standard for psychotherapy has never before been attempted in Ontario.
It is a task that requires much care because both effectiveness and diversity must be safeguarded. (Psychotherapy has a long history with a fertile base—for a long time now there has been available to the public a rich choice among high quality psychotherapeutic modalities.)
Setting the parameters of this newly recognized distinct profession is a task that requires much care, but it will help to clarify who is doing what. (Up to now many people, with a variety of titles other than psychotherapist, have described part or all of what they do as psychotherapy—so understandably, there is some confusion about who psychotherapists are and what they do.)
Why does APTI exist? … protecting the Quality, Accessibility, and Diversity of Psychotherapy
For a long time there has been a diverse and rich offering of psychotherapy services in Ontario — and behind that offering are the many psychotherapy training schools in this province that are devoted to training high quality psychotherapists.
A group of such training institutions with over one hundred years of collective experience have joined to form APTI- to offer their collective expertise and experience to the government.
Most recently, APTI members have pooled their knowledge to create one core curriculum for psychotherapy training in Ontario that would protect both the high quality of psychotherapy that is currently offered in Ontario, and the rich diversity of psychotherapeutic modality from which Ontario residents can now choose.
This is an exciting time. The initiative in Ontario to recognize and regulate psychotherapy as a distinct profession is a relatively pioneering endeavour in the global context; it is an extremely important endeavour- and the world is watching.
The Alliance of Psychotherapy Institutions is committed to participating in the regulating of psychotherapy, particularly in helping to formulate requirements and standards for training and professional development.
Transformational Arts is a member of APTI (Alliance of Psychotherapy Training Institute).