Occupational Therapists on the RASP

Applying for the RASP as an Occupational Therapist

  • The professional must have and maintain through service provision, a current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists.
  • A minimum of 1 year’s work with at least three children with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum under the age of six is required. A reference form from a supervisor or fellow professional documenting this experience may be required.
  • Professional development in the form of courses or workshops in the area of autism intervention over the last two years is required.
  • Special consideration and interim approval may be given to practitioners working in under serviced areas who do not fully meet these criteria.

The RASP Application Form is accessed from the MCFD website. Please read the information below before submitting your application.

Criminal Record Check Process

To ensure you meet MCFD’s criminal record check requirements, please see ACT’s information on the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process for RASP applicants.

Submitting Your Application to ACT

Please submit the original application by mail to ACT – Autism Community Training, Suite 150 – 2250 Boundary Road, Burnaby, BC V5M 3Z3. Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted and will delay your application.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Jeff Hoffman, RASP Administrative Assistant, raspadmin@actcommunity.ca

A New Category for the RASP – Supervised OT

In order to build capacity and meet the needs of B.C. children with ASD, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has put into place a new category for the RASP – Supervised Occupational Therapist. This category will be effective as of April 1, 2017. MCFD developed this new category in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia (CAOT-BC), the College of Occupational Therapists of B.C. (COTBC), ACT, and the RASP Advisory Panel.

For an OT to be added to the RASP, MCFD requires documentation that they have experience providing services to children with autism under the age of six. However, it has frequently been difficult for an OT, new to the field of autism, to acquire enough experience to qualify for the RASP.

To address this challenge, the new category of Supervised OT allows for experience to be gained with the support of a supervisor. The clinical supervision requirements must be completed before an OT is eligible to apply to be on the RASP independently.

Prior to completing a RASP Application Form as a Supervised OT, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below. For MCFD’s supervision requirements, please see the Supervision Verification Record. Note that this form is not submitted to ACT until the supervision period is finished.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Supervised OT Category:

1) Why has the Supervised OT Category been added to the RASP?

The new category of Supervised Occupational Therapist (Supervised OT) has been created to provide Registered OTs new to working with children with ASD under the age of six, the opportunity to gain clinical experience under the supervision of an OT experienced with this population. The goal is to increase the number of OTs who can provide service to children with ASD under the age of six, while ensuring they have the necessary experience.

2) Who created the Supervised OT Category?

The Supervised OT category was created by the MCFD through a collaborative process with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia (CAOT-BC), the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC),  ACT – Autism Community Training, and the RASP Advisory Panel .

3) Who is eligible to apply as a Supervised OT

An Occupational Therapist who has the support of a qualified Supervisor who is also an active member of the COTBC is eligible to apply.

4) What documentation is required for an application to the RASP as a Supervised OT?

An applicant must provide the following documentation to ACT:

  • A RASP application form
  • A clear Criminal Record Check (CRC)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Documentation of professional development, specific to the area of autism intervention with children under six, completed over the last two years
  • A current active registration with the COTBC
  • A ‘Letter of Supervision’ signed by an eligible supervisor -a sample letter is available through ACT.

5) Who is eligible to provide supervision?

  • OTs currently on the RASP are eligible to supervise.
  • Other OTs who provide service to children under 6 with ASD through the public system may apply to be a supervisor. This involves providing ACT with the following documentation:
    • A RASP application form
    • A clear Criminal Record Check (CRC)
    • A current Curriculum Vitae
    • Documentation of professional development, specific to the area of autism intervention with children under six, completed over the last two years
    • A current active registration with COTBC
    • Documentation of experience working with children under six with ASD; the minimum requirements of the RASP is one year’s work with three children under six with ASD.

6) What are the experience requirements for a Supervised OT?

Once approved to the RASP, the Supervised OT must work under supervision to complete the following hours of clinical service:

  • A minimum of 60 hours of direct service must be completed for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.
  • A minimum of 35 hours of these hours must be supervised and documented either as direct or indirect service. The breakdown of these hours are as follows:
    • A minimum of six hours are supervised direct service. Direct service involves direct observation, or video review.
    • A maximum of 29 hours are supervised indirect service (reviewing therapy session plans, helping set goals, discussion of outcomes, coaching on technique, materials to use or interviewing parents.)
  • There must be at least six hours of direct service per child over the supervisory period.
  • Services must be delivered to a minimum of three different children under the age of six.
  • Clinical services must be provided for at least one child under six with ASD for a full 12 months.

7) What are the requirements of the Supervisor?

  • The Supervisor must be on the RASP or meet the current RASP criteria.
    • The Supervisor must provide supervision for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years for the following:
      • A minimum of 35 hours of total documented supervision hours either as direct or indirect service.
      • A minimum of six of the 35 hours must be under direct supervision i.e. direct observation, or video review.
      • A maximum of 29 hours can involve indirect supervision such as reviewing therapy session plans, helping set goals, discussion of outcomes, coaching on technique, materials to use or interviewing parents.
      • A minimum of one hour of direct supervision per child.
    • The Supervisor’s name and contact information must be listed on the RASP. In cases where the supervisor is only on the RASP in their capacity as a supervisor, this will be made clear.
    • After the minimum experience requirements are met, the Supervisor may choose to complete the ‘Supervision Verification Record’ to indicate the Supervised OT is competent to practice independently with children with autism under age six. The Supervision Verification Record is available on the MCFD website.

8) How will hiring a Supervised OT impact the family financially?

  • Parents will be provided with a copy of the plan of supervision created by the Supervised OT and their Supervisor, specific to their child. Parents should clearly understand both the supervision process and their financial obligations, prior to service beginning.
  • At times implementing the plan will involve both the Supervised OT and Supervisor working directly with the child concurrently. However, the family will be billed by only one professional for the time spent with the child.
  • Neither the Autism Funding Program nor the family will be responsible for any payment for supervision costs.
  • It is up to the professionals to decide if and how the supervisor will be financially compensated.

9) Once the supervisory period is completed, how does a Supervised OT become eligible to work independently?

The applicant must submit the following:

  • A new RASP Application Form
  • The MCFD Supervision Verification Record signed by their supervisor

Details and links to the forms can be found on the MCFD website.

10) What happens if the child turns six while receiving services from a Supervised OT?

The hours of service working with the child over six will not count towards the hours of supervision.

11) What happens if there is a change in the relationship between the Supervisor and Supervised OT? How will that impact the services the child receives?

  • Both the Supervised OT and the supervisor have the right to discontinue the supervisory relationship.
  • The two professionals must collaborate to ensure that the child continues to receive an appropriate quality of service without significant interruption.
  • The supervisory relationship is not the responsibility of ACT or MCFD.
  • ACT must be notified of the change in this relationship and will give the Supervised OT a short period of time to find another supervisor.

12) Who does the parent contact if they have questions regarding the Supervised OT or funding issues?

  • If there is a concern around payment, the parent should contact MCFD’s Autism Funding Branch, 1-877-777-3530.
  • If it is a quality of service issue, the parent should contact the Supervising OT; their name and contact information is available via the RASP.
  • If the parent is not sure whether there is an issue, or they have not been able to resolve it with the Supervising OT or the Supervised OT, they can discuss their concerns with an ACT Information Officer. Email info@actcommunity.ca or call 604-205-5467; toll-free 1-866-939-5188.
  • ACT also can provide support if the parent is considering a formal complaint to the College, see RASP Complaint Process.

Questions?

For more information on the RASP Application process – please contact Jeff Hoffman, RASP Administrative Assistant, raspadmin@actcommunity.ca. For questions regarding the supervisory process or relationship, please contact Louise Broadley, Manager of Information Services, lbroadley@actcommunity.ca.