Requirements and Regulations

Pre-requisites/Requirements

Spiritual Psychotherapy Students
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.

 

Diploma

  • 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.

 

Regulations

Province of Ontario

Regulated Title:

Registered Psychotherapist (RP)

Psychotherapy became a regulated health profession in Ontario on April 1, 2015 by Proclamation and forming the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), accountable to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Under the new regulation 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.

All qualifying members who are seek registration as a Registered Psychotherapist are required to pass the CRPO entry-to-practice registration examination, plus passing a provincial Jurisprudence e-learning Module with CRPO. Additionally, qualifying members are required to complete 450 hours of direct client contact plus 100 hours of clinical supervision. During the time period while attaining 450 hours + 100 hours supervision, members will use the designation Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) . Upon successful hours completion candidates will apply for registration as a Registered Psychotherapist.

At Transformational Arts an undergraduate degree is required for admission to  the Spiritual Psychotherapy Program or  the equivalence to an undergraduate degree may be considered for application through PLAR — Prior Learning Assessment Recognition. 

Upon graduation from Transformational Arts College, those seeking registration with CRPO will be required to successfully pass an e-Learning module in Jurisprudence and  are required to pass the CRPO entry-to-practice registration examination,  at which time the protected title of Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) is granted.

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 clinical supervision have been completed, at which point, upon application, can  become Registered Psychotherapists (RP).

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)

*If applicants meet all registration requirements of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), they will be able to use the title Registered Psychotherapist or RP or Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) or RP (Qualifying). 
The professional title of Registered Psychotherapist (including abbreviations and variations) is a protected title of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007. 
Upon the completion of Transformational Arts’ requirements, a Diploma in Spiritual Psychotherapy will be issued to the graduate. 
In promotional literature, one can use the title RP or RP (Qualifying) with a descriptor of specializing in spiritual psychotherapy. 

Revenue Canada Lifelong Learning Plan Eligibility

The full-time Spiritual Psychotherapy/Director Training Program at Transformational Arts qualifies for Lifelong Learning Plan through Revenue Canada where you can withdraw, tax free, up to $10,000 a year from your RRSP to finance an approved full- time education program for you or your spouse. The maximum withdrawal is $20,000 over four years, and the withdrawals are repayable over 10 years.  If you are on disability, this also applies for part-time studies. Refer to Revenue Canada guide called Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) for details.

 

From the Alliance of Psychotherapy Training Institute

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).

 


 

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