Guide and Standards

Conditions for admission to the title of M.F.T.

The practice of marital and family therapy is a specialty reserved, since 2001, for psychotherapists and psychologists:

  1. Holder of a university master's degree
    - Including at least 135 hours of courses on personal development, theoretical models of personality and behavior, and intervention models)
  2. - Including at least 135 hours of courses on personal development, theoretical models of personality and behavior, and intervention models)
  3. theoretical training of at least 360 hours in family and couple studies, marital and family therapy, human development and ethics of the couple and the family
  4. a minimum of 600 hours of supervised practical training with marital and family therapy clients

Guide and Standards

For the benefit of its members who are already practicing or who wish to start an independent practice, the Order, in collaboration with the Independent Practice Committee, has developed the Guide to the Independent Practice of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

This guide is presented in four parts: the general framework of practice updated following the adoption of Bill 21; a structured reflection process and basic information to support the realization of the independent practice project; important issues related to the establishment and practice of independent practice; information, suggestions and avenues for reflection on ethics and professional development.

On February 21, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (hereinafter referred to as the OTSTCFQ) proceeded by resolution to abolish the standards for the autonomous practice of social workers, which had been in effect since their adoption in June 2012. It is therefore no longer mandatory for social workers to comply with these standards in order to practice independently. As a result, accountability for compliance is no longer required.

Despite the abolition of the standards for the autonomous practice of social workers, you are still subject to the same standards generally recognized in social work. In conclusion, as a professional of the OTSTCFQ, you have the duty to develop your training plan in order to meet the requirements of the mandatory continuing education regulation in effect since October 29, 2020.

Social workers and marriage and family therapists are also encouraged to review the following documents:

Professional Liability Insurance (mandatory)

All social workers and marriage and family therapists in independent practice (full-time, part-time or casual) are required to participate in the group professional liability insurance plan offered by the College.

This plan provides coverage for liability arising from professional misconduct or negligence. However, certain exemptions are provided for, which are listed in section 2 of the Regulation respecting professional liability insurance for members of the OCSWTQ.
de la responsabilité professionnelle des membres de l’OTSTCFQ.

This insurance provides coverage up to $2,000,000 per claim and $2,000,000 for all claims, for each policy period. It is offered by the Ordre, through Capitale General Insurance. To enroll, please contact the College receptionist.

There is also an optional insurance policy dedicated to disciplinary legal protection. It provides the insured with legal assistance as well as the financial means necessary to find an amicable or legal solution to disputes.

For more information on insurance, see the "Insurance" section. (reference OTSTCFQ, October 12, 2022).

Framing of psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is defined and reserved by law, but to clarify the contours of this activity and promote collaboration between professionals, all of the orders involved published a master document on May 8, 2018.

It is intended for managers, employers, those responsible for organizing services, professional orders and their members. We invite you to watch the video above, in which the former president of the Ordre, Ms. Guylaine Ouimette, T.S., presents the document. The text version is also available following this video.