Online training

The legal and organizational aspects of psychotherapy practice - Part 1.



The law requires 45 hours of training on the legal and organizational aspects of psychotherapy. Medipsy offers this training in the form of two courses (Part 1 and Part 2), with each course representing 25 hours of training. Part 1 covers the following topics:

  • Bill 21 as it relates to the practice of psychotherapy: the Trudeau report (aims, development process, what it changed in the mental health landscape, strengths and weaknesses); definition of psychotherapy and of related activities; requirements for theoretical and clinical training; interpreting the Bill; strengths and weaknesses of the Bill; basic training and continuing education; obligations for clinicians; how the public is or is not protected; other activities covered by the Bill; etc.
  • Legal aspects of practice (psychotherapy and the law): laws and diverse regulations that have an effect on your practice (e.g. youth protection, etc.); etc.
  • The professional system in Quebec – legal and professional considerations: understanding the professional system in Quebec; what is an Order?; what does and can an Order do and what does it not or can it not do?; how to defend yourself, your rights and obligations when a complaint is filed against you; the complaint process; the Office des Professions and the Code; professional inspection, and other committees within an Order; what is an association?: differences between an order and an association; etc.
  • The health system in Quebec:who’s who?; the organization of health services; stepped care hierarchical models of care; strategic action plans; resources for practitioners and clients; etc. 

Where can I find the course outline?: you can download the course outline by clicking here.

Who is this course for?: this course was specifically designed for individuals wishing to meet the requirements of Bill 21 to obtain a psychotherapy permit. 

Has the OPQ approved this course?: the Ordre des psychologues du Quebec has reviewed this course and approved its syllabus.

How many hours does this course include?: this course includes 25 hours of online training. 

What is the registration fee?: the fee is $510, all taxes included. 

Does the course include exams as required by the OPQ?: yes, this course incldues two exams. 



The legal and organizational aspects of psychotherapy practice - Part 2.

Available as of APRIL 2018.



Beginning in summer 2018, thanks to a partnership with Medipsy Ontario, Medipsy will also be offering other online courses on the following topics: 

  • The business of psychotherapy: how to handle money; the expenses involved in establishing a practice; taxes; the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation; regulations surrounding the incorporation of a practice; building a network; marketing yourself; third party payers; setting up an office; scheduling appointments; note-taking and handling of patient files.
  • Best practices and guidelines: what guidelines exist for the different disorders; who develops guidelines; assessing the value of guidelines; your obligations as a professional to be knowledgeable about guidelines.
  • The public health system: who’s who?; what’s what?; how does it work?; primary, secondary, and tertiary care; dealing and collaborating with the public health system; community resources; specialized clinics and services; governmental policies and strategic plans; collaborative and shared care.
  • Professional competence: what is competence?; what is enough competence?; how to document competence; competence and training
  • Psychotherapy and technology: use of Facebook, Skype and other Web 2.0 technologies; long distance interventions; telepsychotherapy; cyberpsychology; use of email and other online communications.
  • Self-care and intra- and inter-personal issues in therapy: how and when the therapist should seek psychological services; how to avoid the pitfalls of practice; professional and personal boundaries; disability insurance; when to refer to another therapist; managing transference and counter-transference.
  • The professional system in Quebec: what is an Order?; what does and can an Order do and what does it not or can it not do?; how to defend yourself; your rights and obligations when a complaint is filed against you;  the complaint process; issues about insurance; associations.