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For inquiries about
the Toronto Institute for
Relational Psychotherapy
program please contact the registrar at registrar@tirp.ca
or mailing address:
1046 - 7 B Pleasant Boulevard
Toronto, ON  M4T 1K2
site address:
918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

For inquiries about the
Low-Cost Therapy service
please call 416.465.2392

The September 2014 class is full.

The next application deadline
will be April 30, 2015.

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the Application Form. Write a brief essay of at least 2-3 pages that describes your readiness for this program. Include relevant autobiographical information—significant life experiences that relate to your desire to become a psychotherapist.
  2. Include a current resume outlining your academic background and work experience.
  3. Mail or email us your completed application materials post-marked/dated on or before the deadline (April 30).
  4. Mail us the $150 non-refundable application fee. Make cheques payable to TIRP.
  5. Download and send a Recommendation Form to two different colleagues (not your therapist or a family member) who are able to evaluate your readiness and aptitude for this program. Have them mail or email the completed reference forms directly to TIRP post-marked/dated on or before the deadline (April 30).

We will confirm receipt of your application by email when we receive it. If you do not hear from us within a reasonable time, contact us at registrar@tirp.ca

Once we have had time to review all applications, we will contact you about whether or not you have been selected to participate in a group interview with TIRP faculty and other applicants.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact us at registrar@tirp.ca

Send all material to:

The Registrar
Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy
1046 - 7 B Pleasant Boulevard
Toronto, ON   M4T 1K2

Admission Requirements

The Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy invites applications from professionals who have experience and current responsibilities in areas such as social work, pastoral counselling, crisis intervention, addictions counselling, marriage and family therapy, and other therapy modalities. Persons exploring career change and retraining are also encouraged to apply.

An advanced academic or professional degree in a related field is recommended. TIRP will consider life experience and other educational backgrounds for equivalent entry status.


  • Phase I:
    $3,900 tuition (if entering with clients, see Phase III fees) = $3,900
  • Phase II:
    $3,900 tuition + $1,650 for 15 supervision sessions = $5,550
  • Phase III:
    $3,900 tuition + $2,420 for 22 supervision sessions = $6,320
  • Remaining supervision hours (63) to be paid as used ($110 per session)
  • Fees for the total amounts for tuition and supervision are paid in installments by post-dated cheques submitted on or before the first session in September.
  • Fee structure is reviewed annually, and may be subject to change.

Additional expenses

  • Students in Phases I-III will pay for the room and board cost of two weekend retreats per year (around $300 per weekend). Allow for additional expenses such as books/photocopied articles.
  • Students are required to be in weekly personal psychotherapy throughout the program. Costs vary according to therapist.
  • Membership in a professional organization and professional liability insurance are required by the beginning of second year.
  • The TIRP workshops (see Curriculum page) cost approximately $200 each (for a total of $600 overall).

The Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy is recognized as an educational organization by the Department of Employment and Immigration in Ottawa. Fees are tax deductible as an educational expense.

Program Requirements

To complete the TIRP training program,
a student will have successfully completed:

  • 306 hours of academic training in Phases I-III
  • 100 hours of supervision
  • 120 hours of personal psychotherapy, during TIRP phases I-III, weekly personal psychotherapy is required, relational psychotherapy is recommended
  • 350 client hours (for those registered in the 2013-14 class and henceforth).

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