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208 CRPO Professional Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Overview and Review

Seminar Leaders: Drs J. Kohl and R. Ruskin

Course Description

This 3-hour seminar will provide an overview and familiarize trainees with the CRPO Professional Practice Standards and Jurisprudence for Registered Psychotherapists. Trainees will be introduced to the role of the college and will review the CRPO code of Ethics and professional standards, including professional misconduct, incompetence and incapacity. Students will also be required to review client-therapist relationships and gain an understanding of informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, limits to confidentiality, risks to patients, professional boundaries and examples of sexual misconduct and abuse. Candidates will review guidelines for electronic practice for working with patients virtually. Record keeping and billing procedures will be outlined and reviewed as well as CRPO Regulations and Laws such as adherence to the Regulated Health Protection Act (RHPA), mandatory reporting, complaints and discipline process, quality assurance program, and review of other laws in section “E” of the professional practice and Jurisprudence manual. Case examples will be used to help students integrate understanding of CRPO professional practice standards and jurisprudence. This seminar, along with four Ethics courses taught sequentially over the four years of teaching, which explore these topics in greater depth, will prepare candidates for CRPO entry into practice. Candidates will be tested by completing the Professional Practice & Jurisprudence e-learning module at the end of this course.

Course Objectives

  1. (1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.5, 3.10, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6) To review, discuss, and integrate the CRPO Professional Practice Standards and Jurisprudence.
  2. (4.1, 4.2) To read definitions of regulations essential for CRPO entry-into-practice including: informed consent, privacy and confidentiality and the limits imposed upon them by law, boundaries, professional and sexual misconduct, all-important in establishing a client-therapist relationship (1.2), and establishing its safety. Review how to conduct a risk assessment and develop a safety plan with patients at risk (4.4; 4.4.1)(4.2).
  3. (2.1, 3.5) To review and understand record keeping and billing regulations.
  4. (2.2, 3.10) To read and review CRPO laws and regulations on scope of practice, use of titles, and mandatory reports, complaints and discipline process, registration process and quality assurance and discuss examples.
  5. (2.2, 3.1, 4.6) To read and become familiar with other provincial and Canadian health care laws and acts and referral procedures.
  6. To review CRPO’s “Electronic Practice Guideline.” Candidates will review agreement of electronic platform and gaining written informed consent, which includes statement of privacy and risk of harm; specifying that recordings will not be used in a session by the analyst or the client; making sure that liability insurance provider covers electronic practice. Candidates will review CRPO “Electronic Practices self Assessment” tool. (standard 3.4 electronic practice).

Required Reading

Professional Practice & Jurisprudence for Registered Psychotherapists e-module, May 2015, CRPO website

CRPO (2019) “Electronic Practice: Professional Practice Guideline”.

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