On the recommendation of the Registration Committee, Council approved a clinical experience recognition program that allows psychotherapy education and training institutions to have the clinical experience components of their programs evaluated by the College for the purpose of accepting hours toward registration requirements. The recognition of clinical experience from a program communicates to the public the program offers quality clinical experience training in conjunction with their training in theory.
Council approved a policy review cycle to ensure that a codified approach is in place to direct regular evaluation of policies, standards and guidelines to determine that they are appropriate and relevant to the current regulatory and practice environment.
In September 2021, Council approved by-law amendments requiring any RP wishing to be a candidate for a Council position to complete a pre-candidacy orientation training process that includes submitting a questionnaire that tests their knowledge of relevant regulatory and governance concepts. This process is intended to ensure that anyone elected will have the required understanding and commitment to effectively carry out their fiduciary duties.
Since CRPO is committed to removing barriers for RPs who wish to contribute to the work of Council, while ensuring that anyone standing for election meets competence and suitability criteria, the College developed multiple ways for interested RPs to complete the required orientation training. These include:
CRPO’s Council spent the year further implementing a comprehensive evaluation framework that allows the assessment of individual member competence, committee and panel function, and overall Council effectiveness. The framework includes:
Operating from the position that Council “effectiveness” needs to be evaluated in a way that is connected through the standards under each domain, the evaluation tool incorporates measures including whether or not:
Council completed the tool for the second year, providing a relevant baseline for the third year, external evaluation, which will take place in 2023 to review performance in calendar 2022.
meeting and panel evaluation tool used at every Council, committee, and panel meeting to evaluate:
This component of the framework is in place and fully operational. Council now receives quarterly reports that identify opportunities to refine and improve on a rapid-cycle basis to confirm that meetings are productive and support the public protection mandate at a ‘front-line’ level.
This is the final component of the framework. Work in 2021 was completed to allow a launch in 2022. Council members will complete a self-reflection and be assessed by a committee chair and senior staff member against the Council competence matrix, with results being used to provide an individual competence development plan to inform ongoing education for each member.
Results from the evaluation elements have informed Council, committee and individual education and professional development that included: