Professional Training

Are you interested in a professional career as a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Marriage and Family Therapy may be the exciting career that you are looking for. Do you care about people, interested in promoting healthy relationships? This career may be for you. Being a Marriage and Family Therapist allows you the opportunity to witness personal growth, healing in relationships, and the resilience that families have to make positive changes in their lives together.

To become a RMFT, you must have a minimum of a qualifying Master’s Degree and acquire the required clinical experience and supervision hours of training. Often a bachelor’s degree in various disciplines such as psychology, social work, or nursing, will be accepted as a prerequisite for entry into a Master’s program for marriage and family therapy (see below).

If you decide to pursue a career in Marriage and Family Therapy after you have received a Master’s degree in a related discipline, you may attain RMFT status so long as you have obtained a qualifying degree and take any required additional courses in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Courses in Marriage and Family Therapy




University of Winnipeg

The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg provides high quality education and clinical training and prepares students to become competent MFTs. The  program has a strong clinical focus and is structured to meet the needs of part-time students. Most courses are offered in the evening and meet weekly.


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University of Guelph

The University of Guelph, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, graduate program in Couple and Family Therapy is an intensive program combining academic courses and clinical training. This master’s degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.The program is designed to produce sophisticated therapists and scholars by integrating contemporary theory, research competence, and systemic approaches to therapy and in the understanding and treatment of families today.
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Certificate in Couples and Family Therapy Studies University of Guelph

  • Take one or more course for professional development, or complete the 6 courses (3 core; 3 electives) required for the certificate
  • If you are not yet a practitioner,  explore a new career field and gain practical skills
  • If you are a current practitioner, acquire specialization in Couple and Family Therapy to assist you in your current practice
  • As a seasoned professional, keep abreast of key topics, approaches, and methods in therapy
  • Network with other professionals in your field
  • Work towards the course content requirements for AAMFT Clinical membership

Saint Paul University – Ottawa

Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling and Spirituality
St Paul University is offering a 6 course certificate in couple and family counselling. Many of these courses are part of the Masters program in counselling. While this certificate is not an AAMFT accredited school, it does offer all of the courses that are related to the AAMFT guidelines for clinical membership.
Contact Martin Rovers for details.
613-236-1393 ext 2301
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Argyle Institute of Human Resources

The Argyle is a unique non-profit, charitable organization that was established in Montreal in 1982, to provide counselling and psychotherapy services, and to be a post-degree training facility for mental health professionals. The Argyle has been an invaluable community asset for more than twenty years. It has established a solid reputation for its training programs in Individual Psychotherapy, as well as Marital and Family Therapy. The latter is accredited by the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
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Jewish General Hospital

The Couple and Family Therapy Training Program at the Jewish General Hospital is a well-reputed program. It was the first family therapy training program in Canada. This three year Couple and Family Therapy Program is designed for mental health and health professionals who wish to acquire practical and theoretical training in family and couple therapy.
There are two training tracks. The Track I Post-Graduate Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Graduates of the Certificate Programme are eligible to obtain their permit as a “couple and family therapist” through the Ordre professionnel des travailleurs sociaux du QuTbec (OPTSQ). The Track II Continuing Education Program is designed for professional development and does not lead to professional certification through the AAMFT or the OPTSQ.

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McGill University

M.Sc.(A) Couple and Family Therapy
The School of Social Work at McGill University is proud to offer a specialized Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy for human service professionals who wish to advance their expertise in couple and family therapy, and qualify for certification as Couple and Family Therapists in Quebec. This unique program is given in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital and combines the academic excellence of McGill University, a major research university, with the clinical expertise of the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, a widely recognized centre for clinical training in marriage and family therapy.






Briecrest College and Seminary offers Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counselling (MAMFC) degree designed to help students meet th academic requirements for gaining professional recognition as an Associate Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists in Canada (RMFT). While BCS is not an AAMFt accredited school, the MAMFC program does include al of the courses that are related to the AAMFT guidleines for clinical membership.

Contact: Dr. Neil Soggie for details.


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