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  • Mon, March 18, 2024 3:04 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    Did you know:

    • you can invite a colleague to join OSRP at any point in their career
    • if this is their first time with OSRP, you will receive $50 off your membership renewal in July, and:
    • They will get $50 off their first year?

    April 1 is a terrific start date for a new member, with a minimal financial commitment up front.

    Use this handy INVITE TEMPLATE, which you can address to your colleague.

    Please find a list of membership benefits – including health insurance, discounts on many products and services, access to the ListServ, and so much more – HERE.

    Thank you for welcoming new members, and making OSRP the professional home for over 1,300 Ontarians…and rising!

  • Mon, March 18, 2024 2:59 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    Our first Member Spotlight features Rosetta Racco, RP. She works with neurodivergent children, adolescents (3-22 years of age), and Autistics of all ages, and their families. She’s accepting new clients at the moment and offers sessions both online and in person.

    I had a fascinating conversation with her about her life/work experience that spans over three decades. She has worked in various professional roles such as an Early Childhood Educator, Resource Consultant for Ministry of Children & Youth, Behaviour Therapist, Infant Mental Health & Family Counsellor etc. She’s also lived and worked in Africa and the UAE and brings this rich diversity to her practice with clients.

    She realized her own neurodivergence when pursuing her education in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. It helped her make sense of her life-long passion, deepened her practice in the way she supports not only her clients, but also their families.

    Fortunately, Neurodivergnece has started to become a more positive movement with neuro affirming aspects and she feels lucky to be a part of this age of inclusivity. Brava Rosetta!

    Outside of work, she enjoys long walks in nature, reading and self study through books, podcasts and articles.

    Find Rosetta at:

    Would you like to be featured in the next Member Spotlight? Just fill in our quick survey and tell us about yourself.

    I look forward to learning and sharing about members all over Ontario, especially the ones working in the more remote regions, and ones with diverse approaches, or serving diverse and marginalized populations.

    Just fill in our quick survey and tell us about yourself. If chosen, your spotlight will also be shared on OSRP's social media platforms.

    If chosen, your spotlight will also be shared on OSRP's social media platforms.

    With love,

    Mahshad Aryafar, RP

    Connect Committee Chair

  • Mon, February 26, 2024 12:07 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    The Connect Committee is launching a new feature called Member Spotlight. The purpose is for our members to get to know each other, and to bring a sense of community to our Central e-blasts.

    Are you interested in sharing a bit about yourself and your practice with other members and contacts?  

    Maybe some members have the right client for you or would like to collaborate with you.

    We all win when we feel less alone and more in community with other like-minded humans. 

    Imagine hearing about members all over Ontario, especially in the more remote regions, learning about the diversity of approaches and the population that our members serve. We want to tap into this rich community of practitioners. We want to hear from you. 

    Just fill in our quick survey and tell us about yourself. If chosen, your spotlight will also be shared on OSRP's social media platforms.

    With love,

    Mahshad Aryafar, RP

    Connect Committee Chair

  • Tue, February 20, 2024 2:27 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    Join Amy from Jane, an all-in-one health and wellness practice management software, for a demonstration on how Jane can help run your private practice.

    During the live demonstration, you will explore Jane’s key features, such as user-friendly online booking, secure telehealth sessions, PCI-compliant payment processing, customizable sliding-scale session pricing, and more. You will have the opportunity to learn how these features can help you streamline your workflows, improve client care, and thrive in your business.

    Following the demonstration, Jane's friendly Support Team will be available for 1:1 demos, giving you the chance to ask any questions and receive personalized assistance. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover how Jane can take your practice to the next level, so mark your calendars and join us for this exciting event!

    Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

    Time: 12-1 p.m. EST

    Where: via Zoom (link will be provided upon registration)

    Members: Free

    Non-members: $15 + HST

    Amy is a member of Jane's Support Team who has previous experience working with vulnerable youth in the mental health field. She is passionate about equipping mental health providers with resources and knowledge on Jane's unique tools and features that will help them continue to provide an excellent client experience and grow their private practices.

    Click here to register.
  • Tue, February 20, 2024 1:21 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    Black History Month Experience

    By: Kimberly Cato, Past Chair

    I have always had mixed feelings about Black History Month (it being the shortest, coldest month of the year and all) but I cannot be silent about the opportunity it gives me to revel in the Beauty & Excellence of my Blackness, as seen on the social media pages of SO many people, other than just myself.


    “Yes I’m Black, I’m proud of it, I’m Black and Beautiful!” as heralded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I hold this declaration as my badge of truth but not just for the 28 days of February –– these words are my heart’s cry 365 days of every single year.

    The month is short, but the momentum is tremendous with new daily discoveries of heroic, innovative, revolutionary achievements of Black People whose contributions to the betterment of humanity are often unknown, buried, and invisible –– by design. The first week or two of February, I am usually just blessed by the things I learn about my Blackness and the contributions of my people, but by the third week of February, I am irritated at best and highly agitated. I question how it is possible, year after year, that there remains more to learn about our greatness and how these lessons of Black Excellence are not taught as common curricula in classrooms or universities. Our stories –– which are too often secretly shared and inevitably challenged, debated, and argued as inciting shame, discomfort, and harm toward those sitting comfortably as the status quo –– must be intentionally sought.

     By the end of February, I am inevitably exhausted and in desperate need of grounding, community, and restoration.

    With increased awareness of my tendency to spiral in despair because of BHM, I proactively engage in activities that speak directly to issues related to Black Mental Health. TAIBU Community Health Centre is a multidisciplinary, non-for-profit, community led organization established to serve the Black Community across the Greater Toronto Area as its priority population. TAIBU CHC celebrates Black Mental Health Week in March with events designed to raise awareness, eradicate stigma of Black Mental Health, confront Anti-Black Racism, and build community.

    This year, TAIBU CHC has many events planned in honour of Black Mental Health Week that may be of interest to anyone engaged or invested in the work of Black Liberation and Mental Health.

  • Tue, January 23, 2024 12:39 PM | OSRP (Administrator)
    If you’re interested in enhancing your CBT skills, this spring McMaster University’s Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences is offering 14 one-day virtual workshops in a wide range of topics (see below). Each virtual interactive workshop will be led by experienced faculty, and will focus on practical insights and relevant advice to help you improve your clinical practice.


    • CBT and Transgender and Gender Diverse Communities                           
    • CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder                                              
    • CBT and Harm Reduction (Substance use)                                        
    • CBT for Insomnia                                                                                  
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)                                   
    • CBT for Generalized Anxiety Disorder                                               

    APRIL CBT for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders                                 

    • CBT for Depression                                                                            
    • CBT for OCD in Children                                                                     
    • CBT for Chronic Pain                                                                          
    • Fundamentals of Mindfulness                                                               

    MAY CBT and Serious Medical Illness                                                        

    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


    • CBT for Generalized Anxiety Disorder                                   
    • Enhancing Parent Engagement in CBT for Childhood Anxiety           
    • CBT for Psychosis
    For further details on all of these workshops (no pre-requisites are required) or to register, and also for information about our 7 week CBT Fundamentals Courses, visit  or contact
  • Tue, January 23, 2024 12:35 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    The OSRP is growing and developing as an organization, representing a diverse group of over 1,000 RPs across Ontario. To do so, we need your voices.

    The function of the Board of Directors is to formulate policy on matters relating to the implementation of the objectives of the Society and to oversee the implementation of such policies. Please let us know what we can do to make joining our Board a good fit for you.

    Live outside of the GTA?

    Don’t let that stop you from joining our Board! Our Board meetings are held via Zoom.

    Clinical, Qualifying, Student and Honorary members in good standing are eligible to be nominated as Officers of the Board of Directors or the Chair of any committee. All Board members shall be elected for a period of two years.
    The positions currently open are:

    • Secretary: This is a great entry-level position for the Board. It has well-defined numbers of hours per month. You don’t need to do minutes if you prefer not to. You can be trained in Board governance (you will need to thoroughly understand the by-laws and policies and procedures manual)
    • Member-at-Large: The primary role of the Member-at-Large is to become familiar with the operations of the Board of Directors. The Member-at-Large will assist the Chair in achieving the goals of the Board and, ultimately, the members of the Society. This is accomplished through effecting the policies and/or decisions made by the Board. This position provides opportunity to get to know colleagues in an atmosphere of common focus.

      This position is a great step for new members to become involved in their profession while acquainting themselves with Board format and activities.

      Members-at-large attend monthly Board meetings and are free to join any of the other committees in which they have a specific interest.

    Click on the links below to view the list of Board positions and responsibilities. To submit your nomination, simply fill out our online nomination form.

    Click here to view the Board roles and responsibilities.

    Click here to view Board member expectations

    Click here to submit your nomination for the Board.

  • Wed, December 20, 2023 3:16 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    The Minister of Finance introduced legislation on November 29, 2023 in the House of Commons which included the GST/HST exemption.

    Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2023 Fall Economic Statement on November 21, announcing the government’s plans to make psychotherapy and counselling services exempt from GST/HST.

    Once this announcement becomes legislation, it will impact everyone across Canada who requires psychotherapy services.

    Congratulations to all therapists and their clients in Canada, and thanks all OSRP members for their hard work in getting this done!

    Click here for campaign updates

  • Wed, December 20, 2023 3:13 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    –by Christina Forde, RP(Q)

    “Within DOSE you find the keys to resilience, purpose, and authentic well-being” stated Dr. Krissy Doyle-Thomas during the November 26 PS: Protect Seminar, “Stay Safe and Effective: Neurobiology, Self-Regulation and DOSE (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins).”

    I was intrigued to learn more about the mind-body connection and how DOSE impacts our mental health. Dr. Doyle-Thomas, a Medical Neuroscientist, used her expertise in brain health to teach attendees so much about how to improve mental resilience and avoid burnout. She highlighted the importance of Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins (DOSE) for all people, including Psychotherapists.

    The speaker provided an overview of these neuro-chemicals’ role in the brain and also gave us opportunities to try out activities that can increase production of DOSE.

    Dr. Doyle-Thomas introduced Dopamine and how it is “intricately tied to our experiences of motivation, pleasure, and the pursuit of rewards.” She explained that Dopamine can be increased through anticipation and achievement of goals. She then asked us to think of a win we have experienced. I did find it encouraging to reflect on the dopamine boosts I have received from past successes and to also celebrate with other attendees as they shared their own wins.

    Next, the love and connection hormone, Oxytocin, was spotlighted. Dr. Doyle-Thomas explained that gratitude is a great way to boost our moods. She said that it is “so very powerful in shaping your brain, activating oxytocin as well as other happy brain chemicals and really being protective to our wellbeing [and] your brian.” She then gave us a few minutes to do some gratitude reflection. During this time, I could feel my mood lift a bit as I focused on my blessings instead of what I came into the seminar worried about.

    Next up was the mood regulating neurotransmitter, Serotonin. Dr. Doyle-Thomas explained that serotonin boosting activities “really enhance our sense of inner peace and contentment.” A Singing Bowl Sound Meditation video was played during the seminar. I was not sure what to expect, as I have not done this type of activity before. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how I pretty much immediately felt calmer as it started playing.

    Finally, Dr. Doyle-Thomas focused on our body’s natural pain killers, Endorphins. Exercise is of course a great option for producing endorphins. She shared that research shows how exercise has an impact “not only in promoting resilience, but on protecting our brain.” I definitely agree with her explanation of the benefits of endorphins. Exercise, laughter and creativity have been some of my favourite stress relievers throughout my life.

    I found it really helpful to gain more understanding of how brain chemistry impacts mental health. It was also empowering to learn practical tips I can incorporate into my daily life to improve my well-being. I plan on taking what I have learned and applying it as a Safe and Effective Use of Self strategy because, as Dr. Doyle-Thoman reminded the group: “Deliberately activating DOSE is a valuable self-regulation strategy, helping you navigate your emotional work with resilience and authenticity.”

  • Wed, December 20, 2023 3:03 PM | OSRP (Administrator)

    OSRP’s office will be closed from 5 p.m. ET on Friday, December 22, 2023, until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, which means we won’t be returning phone calls or emails until January 3 or 4, 2024.

    We wish you all the best for a healthy and prosperous new year!

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