Q&A: Can I Call Myself a “Psychotherapist”?

By April 20, 2018FAQs, News

I am a member of the OCSWSSW who provides psychotherapy services as part of my practice. Can I call myself a “psychotherapist”?

Yes. A provision of the Social Work and Social Service Work Act (s. 47.2) which was proclaimed in force on December 30, 2017 permits members of the OCSWSSW to use the title “psychotherapist” if the member complies with the following conditions, as applicable:

  • When describing himself or herself orally as a psychotherapist, the member must also mention that they are a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, or identify themselves using the title restricted to them as a member of the College.
  • When identifying themselves in writing as a psychotherapist on a name tag, business card or any document, the member must set out their full name, immediately followed by at least one of the following, followed in turn by “psychotherapist”.
  • i. Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers,
    ii. the title that the member may use under this Act.

Examples:

  1. Your Name, MSW, RSW
    Social Worker, Psychotherapist
    OR
  2. Your Name, MSW, RSW
    Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
    OR
  3. Your Name, MSW, RSW,
    Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Psychotherapist

psychotherapy card examplesThe Psychotherapy Act restricts the use of the title “registered psychotherapist” and “registered mental health therapist” to members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

For further information, please contact the Professional Practice Department at practice@ocswssw.org.