Couple and family therapy (CFT) is a fairly new title special to Québec. It was previously known as marital and family therapy (MFT) however new training requirements and the new title is in place. Essentially, MFTs and CFTs have specialized training to work with couples and families, as well as individuals. They are trained in multiple modes of psychotherapy including systemic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, sex therapy, etc. The title of CFT has special reserved acts associated with it that only CFTs are licenced to perform such as, guiding adoptive parents through the adoption process and performing psycholegal evaluations in cases of divorce involving children.
In Quebec, CFTs are required to have a professional Master’s degree and are licenced by both the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux and have a psychotherapy permit issued by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. Many CFTs will work in the public system (CLSC, CSSS) or will work as therapists in the private sector.