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.