MSW: Master of Social Work. In Ontario, MSW is the most common designation of therapists - and it's also the most commonly covered by benefits. Our therapists with MSWs specialized in clinical counselling practice with individuals, families, and groups.
MSc: Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy. This degree is awarded by the University of Guelph’s highly prestigious couple and family therapy program. It’s a bit of a mystery why it’s a Master of Science rather than a Master of Arts program, but hey, either way, they really know their stuff.
MDiv: Master of Divinity. Having this degree means your therapist can cast awesome spells and conjure animals to help him do things. Just kidding. It's a degree that focuses on the existential/spiritual aspects of counselling. John got his MDiv from Laurier in Waterloo, and in it he specialized in spiritual care and psychotherapy.
RSW: Registered Social Worker. Being an RSW means a therapist is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). This means that 1) most insurance companies will cover you to see them, 2) they meet the ethical and professional development requirements of the College.
RP: Registered Psychotherapist. Like with an RSW designation, being an RP means a therapist is a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). This means they meet the CRPO's rigorous standards for ethics, training, supervision, and continued professional development.