Political Advocacy Within Canada

Except for Quebec and Ontario, it is possible to be accepted by the various regulatory organizations in the provinces and territories. Do check the Licensure Matrix and also the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association website for more information regarding your province or territory. 

 The Canadian Conference of the Arts website features an excellent “Advocates Toolkit” with good strategies for advocates for drama therapists.

The Canadian Arts Coalition is a group of artists, business leaders, and volunteers that advocates for the arts. Last year, the CAC organized “Arts Day on Parliament Hill,” during which NADTA’s Government Affairs Committee lobbied Members of Parliament (MPs) to increase funding for drama and other creative arts therapies in Canada, especially for veterans.

NADTA participates in the annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill organized by the Canadian Arts Coalition.  For those who would like to join, please contact the NADTA Government Affairs Committee Chair.


Ontario

In Ontario, drama therapy is now regulated, as all psychotherapies, by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. The College is the result of the passing of the Psychotherapy Act on April 1, 2015. A grandparenting application for drama therapists is available online. For further information about practicing drama therapy in Ontario, contact the College. Although the College has been established, proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy has been delayed because the need for further definition of the controlled act which will affect professionals who offer partial psychotherapy services, or services that may be close to psychotherapy, but are not actually covered by the act.

There is also the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association whose mission is to work with CRPO to promote expressive arts therapy, an arts-based approach to psychotherapy, and the interests of expressive arts therapists. Any drama therapist wishing further information about training in expressive and creative arts therapies in Ontario may contact the International School of Interdisciplinary Studies Canada. There is currently no formal training for drama therapists available in Ontario.

Anyone interested in training as a psychotherapist may contact the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program, the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy, or the Toronto Centre for Psychodrama and Sociometry.


Quebec

Bill 21 was passed in Quebec on June 21, 2012. Only those who qualify, and are accepted by the Ordre des Psychologues, may use the title “Psychotherapist” and state that they practice psychotherapy in Quebec. Drama therapists do not qualify, unless grandfathered in.

There are several professional Orders in the province of Quebec which include ones for Counsellors, Nurses, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, but none for Creative Arts Therapists. Quebec has put a moratorium on creating new orders. Drama Therapists in Quebec are working with Art, Dance, and Music therapists to petition the government to create an Order of Creative Arts Therapists. Though one can practice Drama Therapy in Quebec, most large mental health employers are only employing people who are in Orders.

More information can be found here.