According to the College of Psychologists’ website, "Regulated professionals are required by law to deliver professional services competently and ethically. They are accountable to the public, through their professional regulatory body, for their professional behavior and activities. As members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, psychologists and psychological associates must meet rigorous professional entry requirements, adhere to prescribed standards, guidelines and ethical principles and participate in quality assurance activities to continually update and improve their knowledge and skill.
In contrast, the College has no authority over unregulated service providers. There is no regulatory body with the legal authority to set minimum levels of education, training and competence or to establish and monitor professional and ethical standards of conduct. There is no professional regulatory body responsible to protect your interests and hold unregulated providers accountable for the services you receive.
Only members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario may use the title ‘psychologist’ or ‘psychological associate’; use the terms ‘psychology’ or ‘psychological’ in any description of services offered or provided, or hold themselves out to be a psychologist or psychological associate. Psychologists and psychological associates respectively may also identify themselves with the designation C. Psych. or C. Psych. Assoc. after their names.
To qualify for professional registration to practise psychology requires successful completion of graduate education and training in professional psychology, supervised professional experience and examinations. A member of the College is required to practise in accordance with applicable legislation, regulations, standards of conduct, professional guidelines and professional codes of ethics."
For more information, please consult the College’s website (www.cpo.on.ca)