The Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (OSP) program provides individuals with publicly-funded, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and related approaches to help manage depression, anxiety, and anxiety-related conditions. CBT is a structured, time-limited therapy that is problem-focused and goal-oriented and teaches practical strategies and skills. The OSP program provides treatment for:
- depression and low mood
- generalized anxiety and worry
- unexpected panic attacks and agoraphobic fears
- social anxiety and performance fears
- specific fears
- health anxiety
- obsessive-compulsive concerns
- other anxiety and stress-related problems
- posttraumatic stress
For ages 15+ and over
- Clients with depression, anxiety, and anxiety-related conditions will have access to different services in the OSP program based on their age:
- 15+ years of age – BounceBack® guided self-help program provided by telephone is available
- 18+ years of age – Individual and/or group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provided in person or virtually is available
- Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) score above 4
- Generalized Anxiety Assessment Scale (GAD-7)
- Agreeable to attending weekly appointments with a therapist and completing practice assignments between sessions.
In the Central East Ontario Region, referrals for the OSP program are coordinated by Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, and services are delivered in a wide range of community settings. This includes primary care, community mental health agencies, post-secondary institutions, and Indigenous organizations.
If you are a psychiatrist, a primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner), or other health care professional, you can refer clients into the OSP program. Alternatively, clients may self-refer.
What happens after the referral is submitted?
Once the referral is received, the client will be contacted by telephone to gather additional information for screening purposes. If, following that screening, it is determined that OSP may be appropriate, the client will be booked an appointment for a Clinical Intake and Triage assessment. The assessment will determine whether the program is a good fit for the client’s needs and which service is most appropriate for them to start with. The client's status will be shared with the referring provider and, if OSP cannot meet the client’s needs, then more appropriate services will be recommended, if possible.
What about ongoing monitoring?
Clients are regularly monitored to ensure they are reaching standard program outcomes and that the program continues to meet their ongoing needs. Clients will be transitioned to other services within OSP or provided direction to services outside of OSP as needed. Clients and their primary care providers are informed of the client’s treatment and outcomes.