What is the difference between a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Psychotherapist?

To put simply, their education!

A Registered Social Worker at Shift has completed a Master’s of Social Work degree. Registered Social Workers are regulated by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Most employee benefit plans currently cover Registered Social Workers. When inquiring about your benefits, check to see if MSW, RSW counselling is covered.

A Psychotherapist may have completed a Master's in areas such as Education or Counselling Psychology, for example. Registered Psychotherapists are regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Many employee benefit plans are starting to cover Registered Psychotherapists. When inquiring about your benefits, check to see if Registered Psychotherapist (RP) counselling is covered.

It is important to note that in Ontario, both Registered Social Workers and Registered Psychotherapists do not have the ability to prescribe medication or make a clinical mental health diagnosis.

For more information, feel free to give our Care Team a call at 1 (800) 661-8681, or email us at hello@shiftcollab.com