frequently asked questions

 
 

What does membership with the qca mean?

Membership to the QCA is obtained through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). You must be a member of the CCPA in order to apply for joint membership to the QCA. Please click here to be directed to the CCPA site and the instructions for the professional membership application. There is also a student membership offered at a reduced rate.

What are the benefits of membership with the QCA?

We offer professional development workshops and networking opportunities with counselling professionals in the Montreal area. The QCA organizes social events throughout the year and works hard to nurture a strong community of anglophone counsellors. We are also involved in various mental health initiatives to help raise awareness.

THE QCA IS AN ASSOCIATION. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ASSOCIATION AND A PROFESSIONAL ORDER?

Membership in an association is voluntary. Associations provide networking and professional development opportunities for their members. In short, associations exist to serve their members.

Professions in Quebec are regulated by professional orders. Orders exist to protect the public by setting standards for professional practice. Members of orders have the right to use a protected title (such as social worker) and the right to perform protected tasks in their field (such as assessing cognitive ability). Each order has different requirements to grant licenses to practice.

QCA members come from a variety of professional backgrounds: Here are some professional orders that our members are part of:
Order of Guidance Counsellors https://www.orientation.qc.ca
Order of Psychologists https://www.ordrepsy.qc.ca
Order of Social Workers and Couple and Family Therapists https://beta.otstcfq.org
Order of Naturopaths https://www.anpq.qc.ca/en
Order of Psychoeducators http://www.ordrepsed.qc.ca

DOES THE QCA OFFER A LICENSE TO PRACTICE?

Only orders can license a professional to practice in their field. The CCPA does offer a certification for counsellors. For more information Click here . While this certification is useful to have, in Quebec licensing from an order is usually required to work.

I AM CERTIFIED AS A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL IN ANOTHER PROVINCE/COUNTRY. CAN I PRACTICE IN QUEBEC?

You will have to consult with the corresponding order which regulates your professional field. They can review your qualifications and determine your eligibility to join their order. Additional courses and/or examinations may be required.

It’s important to keep in mind that a working knowledge of French is required in order to receive a license from a professional order. Professionals moving to Quebec from elsewhere are required to pass a French exam administered by the Office québécois de la langue française. For more information Click here . Please consult your intended order for more information.

I would like to practice psychotherapy. How can I do this?

Psychotherapy is a protected act that can be performed by psychologists, medical doctors and those who have obtained a psychotherapy permit issued by the Order of Psychologists (OPQ). The title of psychotherapist is reserved for those with this permit. If you wish to practice as a psychotherapist in Quebec you must belong to a professional order as well as fulfill the requirements for the OPQ psychotherapy permit. More information click here.