The Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy


How to Apply

  applications for the class starting september,2020 are due by March 31,2020.  


application procedure

  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. If you have at least 2 years of post secondary education but not an undergraduate degree please contact the Registrar regarding the submission of the two additional documents described on the right hand column of this web page.

  2. Include a current resume outlining your academic background and work experience.

  3. Proof of academic prerequisites are required. Include proof of your highest degree and / or post secondary education details earned. An official transcript is not required. A photo / photocopy of a transcript, or a degree / diploma etc. is sufficient.

  4. Preference will be given to applicants who have engaged in ongoing personal psychotherapy. Please read the Application Form for further information.

  5. Email or mail us your completed application materials dated or post-marked on or before the deadline (March 31).
    We strongly recommend email.

  6. E-transfer or mail the $150 non-refundable application fee on or before the deadline (March 31). Send e-transfer to and use the password ‘application’. Make cheques payable to TIRP.

  7. 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 email or mail the completed reference forms directly to TIRP, dated or post-marked on or before the deadline (March 31).

  8. 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

    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


Email all material to:
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.

If you are applying to TIRP and have at least 2 years of post-secondary education but not an undergraduate degree, TIRP requires that you submit two additional documents. The first document outlines your learning experiences and the second is a short paper written in response to a provided reading. These additional documents will help us to establish an equivalent level of learning and competence. Contact the Registrar for more information.

In recognition of the requirements the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, TIRP asks applicants to submit a Bachelor's level of post-secondary education or to participate in a Prior Learning Assessment process to establish an equivalent level of academic competence.


  • Phase 1:
    $4900 tuition

  • Phases 2&3:
    $4900 tuition + 25 prepaid supervision sessions ($120x25 =$3000) = $7,900 in total for each year

  • The remaining 50 required hours will be paid per session at $120 ($6000) payable to TIRP through the TIRP faculty supervisor. These fees must be paid once any pre-paid fees (25 sessions included in Phase 2&3 tuition) have been used at the end of any given year.

  • 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 1-3 will pay for the room and board cost of two weekend retreats per year (range of $350 - $375 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.

  • Five mandatory workshops (see Curriculum page) which cost on average $225 - 250/workshop.

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

Program Requirements

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

  • 372 hours of successful participation in Phases 1-3 including mandatory workshops and residential weekends

  • 100 hours of supervision

  • 120 hours of personal psychotherapy, during TIRP phases 1-3, weekly personal psychotherapy is required. We also require that you work with a relational psychotherapist before entering phase 2

  • 350 client hours