Program Description

The Toronto International Psychology Center (TIPC) Registered Psychotherapist Training Program prepares students to become Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. Graduates of our program are well-equipped to provide psychotherapy to Ontario residents from diverse cultural backgrounds in their own language(s) and in a way that takes into account their special cultural concerns.

You can find detailed information here about the program:


Training to become a psychotherapist takes a variety of forms, including courses, lectures, seminars and clinical supervision.
Courses are scheduled mainly on weekday evenings and weekends, thus allowing students to continue with their present employment while enrolled at TIPC. Courses are held in the greater Toronto area.

Academic Advisor

Each student is assigned an academic advisor whom they will see at least twice during the school year.


Our training is competence-based. This ensures that our students attain the knowledge, skill, and judgment required to practice psychodynamic psychotherapy at a high level of proficiency. A student’s competence is determined in various ways, including class participation, written papers, supervision, and evaluation interviews.

Advancement to various stages of the program (acceptance to the program, acceptance into supervision and graduation with diplomas) requires a consensus, by vote, of the Core Faculty.

Foundational Phase

The first year is Introduction to Training, which acquaints students with the essential nature of psychotherapy, an understanding of how Chinese culture relates to psychotherapy, the language requirements of the CRPO, an explanation of the process leading to registration by the CRPO, and an introduction to the basic competencies of psychotherapy practice.

The Foundational phase of the program comprises approx 480 hours. These hours are distributed evenly over four years.

Coursework includes:

  • attendance at lectures
  • completion of course assignments
  • one discussion seminar presentation per year
  • assigned readings

In addition to the assigned coursework, students are required to complete:

  • a minimum of 20 hours of personal psychotherapy before entering the program
  • a minimum of 160 hours of personal psychotherapy before program completion

At the end of the Foundational phase, students are eligible to receive the Foundational Diploma in Psychotherapy Practice and will meet all requirements to apply as qualifying members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.


Individual supervision may be applied for at the end of the second year of training. Once accepted, a student-in supervision begins to practice psychotherapy with his/her own clients who pay a fee for each session. The student, in turn, pays individual supervision fees directly to his/her supervisor. Students must secure professional liability insurance before starting to practice.

In addition to individual, clinical supervision, a one-year supervision seminar, led by a Core Faculty member, is required in the third year of the program.

Clinical Phase

The Clinical phase of the program has no set timeframe. The length of time it takes to complete this phase depends on how long it takes the student to acquire the additional client contact and supervision hours.

Our Clinical Diploma in Psychotherapy Practice is awarded once a student has earned the Foundational diploma and met the following requirements:

  • completion of an additional 250 hours of supervised psychotherapy with clients
  • completion of an additional 50 supervision hours

At the end of the Clinical phase, students will meet all requirements to apply as Registered Psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Entrance Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) is required. In the absence of a Bachelor’s degree, a Prior Learning Assessment can be requested if an applicant has life and/or work experience that may be deemed to be equivalent.


Our next series of courses begins in September, 2017. The registration deadline is June 30, 2017. Applications must be accompanied by the $250 registration fee.
For more details, email or call our Scarborough office at (905) 766-2116.


Acceptance to the program is based on several criteria: meeting the entrance requirements, evaluation interviews and a consensus, by vote, of the Core Faculty.


Tuition is $4800, early bird fee is $4380 (Plus HST) CAD per academic year. This does not include the cost of study materials, or fees paid for personal psychotherapy, individual supervision and liability insurance.

Student Feedback

TIPC welcomes student feedback relating to the content and quality of presentation of its training courses. Course evaluation sheets are provided at the end of each course.

Complaint Procedures

Students may submit a complaint to any Core Faculty member.  The complaint is then considered by the Core Faculty, as a group, and a response to the complaint is made in a timely fashion.

Code of Ethics

All practicing psychotherapists are expected to abide by the following code of ethics (as approved by the Transitional Council November 16, 2011).

As a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists, I strive to practise safely, effectively and ethically, and to uphold the following principles:

Autonomy & Dignity of All Persons
To respect diversity and the dignity, and rights, of all persons; to reject all forms of harassment and abuse; and to maintain appropriate therapeutic boundaries at all times.

Excellence in Professional Practice
To work in the best interests of clients; to work within my abilities and competencies; and to pursue personal and professional growth throughout my career.

To openly inform clients about options, potential risks and benefits of professional services; to recognize and strive to challenge my own professional and personal biases; and to consult on ethical dilemmas.

To stand against opression and discrimination, and to strive to support justice and fairness in my professional and personal dealings.

Responsible Citizenship
To participate in the community as a responsible citizen, always mindful of my role as a trusted professional; and to consult on potential conflicts-of-interest and other personal-professional challenges.

Responsible Research
To conduct only such research as potentially benefits society, and to do so safely, ethically and with the informed consent of all participants.

Support for Colleagues
To respect colleagues, co-workers, students, and members of other disciplines; to supervise responsibly; to work collaboratively; and to inspire others to excellence.

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