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Treatment of Family Members Guideline

Recently, the College submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care a regulation to exempt spouses from the definition of sexual abuse. Once in effect, treating spouses will not automatically be considered sexual abuse. It will take many months for the regulation to come into effect, and until the College announces otherwise, kinesiologists are prohibited from treating spouses beyond any minor, episodic or emergency care

Regardless of whether Council decided to pursue the regulation, the College felt it necessary to develop guidelines for kinesiologists around the treatment of spouses and family members. The Practice Guideline- Treating Family Members and Other Close Personal Relations:

When the spousal exemption regulation comes into effect, the guideline will be revised to include treatment of spouses. View the College’s guidelines.