Revised standard and guideline posted

Now that Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act, is in effect, the College updated some of its standards and guidelines to ensure consistency with new laws.

Most of Bill 87 impacts how all health profession regulators in Ontario will be required to address allegations of sexual abuse, as opposed to changing the way that kinesiologists practise.

Several changes were made to the Practice Standard – Professional Boundaries and the Practice Guideline- The Therapeutic Client Relationship and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse. The Practice Guideline was re-named to the Practice Guideline- Professional Boundaries and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse. The “therapeutic client relationship” is now referred to as the “professional relationship” to better reflect the clinical and non-clinical nature of kinesiology practice.

The definition of sexual abuse remains the same and kinesiologists are required to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries with their patients/clients. The changes only affect practitioners who commit sexual abuse by giving regulators more disciplinary options. For example, touching of a patient/client in a sexual way has always been prohibited and is considered sexual abuse. What has changed is the penalty associated with certain types of touching. Sexual touching of a patient’s/client’s anus, breasts, buttocks, and/or genitals will result in a revocation of a licence to practise if proven at a discipline hearing. If treatment requires touching of these areas, this is NOT sexual abuse. The revised guideline provides some helpful tips for you to ensure that you take appropriate precautions to protect patients/clients. This section is called “Touching of a clinical nature”.

It has always been considered sexual abuse to engage in any kind of sexual relationship with a patient/client. It is now also considered sexual abuse to engage in a sexual relationship with a patient/client at least one year after the termination of the professional relationship. The Practice Guideline provides more information on this.

If you have any questions on this, please contact Cara Moroney via email, or at (416) 961-7000 ext. 104. 

Last Updated: 10-10-2017