CFT granted Program Recognition status with CRPO
The MSc program in Couple and Family Therapy has been granted “Program Recognition” status by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). The CFTP is now one of only six psychotherapy training programs in Ontario to be granted this recognition, and the only Program in Canada that is both recognized by a provincial licencing body and accredited by AAMFT. Program Recognition status will streamline the application process for past and future graduates, and will also help raise the profile of the program as the premier training program in relational and systemic psychotherapy.
The granting of Program Recognition status for the CRPO is undertaken by Curriculum Services Canada (CSC), an independent third party who specialises in evaluating a wide range of teaching, academic and training resources. In its evaluation findings, CSC noted that the CFT Program provides “exceptional attention” to the number of direct clinical contact and supervision hours - all of which surpass the minimum CRPO requirement - and recognizes the value and depth that the “close supervision” and video recording plays in strengthening the therapeutic process and assessing interns' readiness for clinical work. The CSC also noted the strength of attention paid to measuring observable outcomes and to the teaching and assessing of client risk; the “solid preparation” provided to work from systemic, constructivist and relational perspectives; and acknowledgment that the “effective use of self is well-integrated” in all aspects of program delivery. The CSC also clearly recognizes the CRPO and AAMFT competencies for practice are incorporated in the CFTP’s course design and delivery, and demonstration of these competencies is the primary focus of student evaluation throughout the curriculum.
The process to achieve Program Recognition has been a huge undertaking and great thanks to all those involved in its achievement, a job extremely well done! It is very exciting to receive this recognition as it helps to lay a framework for how to train the next generation of Family Therapists. It is also particularly exciting to now have the CRPO, a Canadian (Ontario) legislative body recognise the significant strength and value that the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition offers in its applied academic and research focused professional training program in Couple and Family Therapy.
Kevin VanDerZwet Stafford, Director of Clinical Training.