The Systemic Psychotherapy Training  meets the academic requirements of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for clinical membership. The training also provides academic courses to prepare professionals for the title of psychotherapist in the province of Quebec. The Systemic Psychotherapy Program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).


“As a Psychologist on a multidisciplinary team in a long term health care facility, my training as an MFT was invaluable in helping the many different parts of the “system” work together. I was able to help families and patients alike adapt to the change in their lives. I had an integral role in helping the caretaking teams adapt to the new patients, and have the teams communicate with each other in ways that produced the best results for everyone. None of this would have been possible without the “systemic framework” of an MFT. I drew on what I learned at the Argyle every single day I worked there.”

MFT Graduate, Class of 2008

“I want to express my feelings of gratitude for having had such a stimulating and rewarding learning experience as a trainee in the MFT Program. Having formerly communicated to others through my music as a violinist and teacher, I was privileged to be able to study through an alternate profound venue in order to understand and help others. The quality of the teaching was superior and the dedication shown was truly inspiring. My class was fortunate to have such rich exposure to accumulated years of collected experiences from all presenters on the faculty. I now aspire to continue using the excellent supervision and teaching that we received, and I feel confident that we are equipped with the tools and the caring qualities with which to continue helping and supporting in the Argyle Institute tradition.”

MFT Graduate, Class of 2011  


COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Argyle Institute Systemic Psychotherapy Program
Accredited: since 1991
Minimum Program Length*: 3 Years /   Advertised Program Length*: 3 Years /   Maximum Time to Complete Program*: 6 Years

Year Students Entered Program**

# of Student in Program


Graduation Rate (Minimum Time) Graduation Rate (Advertised Time)

Graduation Rate (Maximum Time)

Graduate Job Placement Rate

National Exam Pass Rate





6 50% 17% 100% N/A


9 11% 56% 83% N/A


12 25% 30% 87.5% N/A


7 71% 0 100% N/A
2009-2010 9 22% 22% 75%


2010-2011 8 63% 25% 71%


2011-2012 6 17% 66% 75%


2012-2013 7 14% 14% 28% 66%


2013-2014 8 12% N/A
2014-2015 N/A
2015-2016 N/A
2016-2017 N/A



Graduate Outcome Data

Our graduates have a systemic identity.  In a survey of our graduates in March 2016. Information obtained about membership of our graduates in professional orders in Quebec, was obtained through viewing the published membership lists of the appropriate orders in which they might belong. Thus, this accounted for our ability to gain data from 24  graduates in the past five years.  

Number of Graduates Members of OPQ or In Process of Applying to the OPQ With a Specialty in MFT Percentage of Graduates who are Members of OPQ or In Process of Applying to the OPQ With a Specialty in MFT Members of OPTSTCFQ Or In Process Of Applying for OPTSTCFQ For the Title of MFT

Percentage of Graduates Who Are Members of OPTSTCFQ Or In Process Of Applying for OPTSTCFQ For the Title of MFT


15 62.5 % 13


In the Argyle Self-Study submitted in May 2014, we provided the following data:

Cultural and linguistic diversity in the English speaking population in Montreal iswell represented in our student body of 28: Anglo (5), Italian (3), Jewish (7), French Canadian (2),  Arabic (2), Eastern European (6) and Greek (1). Racial diversity is reflected by one Asian and one Hispanic student. We have two men among our students

Most students are functionally bilingual (English and French) and are aware that they  must acquire this ability, as they need it to belong to a professional order in the Province of Quebec. In addition, our current students can provide services in Italian, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and Greek.

Among our supervisors, we have two Hispanic, eight Anglophone, three Jewish and  three French Canadian and one Arab. Students may be supervised in Spanish, English or   French. (p.398)

  Although all courses are given in English, our faculty reflects the cultural diversity of the     city: Anglophone (13), Italian (2), Jewish (9), French Canadian (5), Hispanic (3), Arabic   (2) and Asian (1).  We have some gender diversity – seven men on our faculty. Our entire faculty is  functionally bilingual as they all belong to professional orders

MFT students


MFT Faculty

MFT Gender

Systemic Psychotherapy Training

Program Description


Theystemic Psychotherapy Training Program is offered to all mental health professionals who meet the admission criteria. We are dedicated to the principle that the composition of our faculty and student body respects the cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of the clientele from the community who seek our help. We encourage applicants from backgrounds that reflect this cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity.

The program focuses on the basic concepts and techniques of marital and family therapy through theoretical seminars, clinical work, and supervision.

Educational Outcomes Systemic Psychotherapy  Program-CLICK HERE

Admission Criteria

  • A Master’s or Doctorate degree in the mental health field (social work, psychology, counselling psychology,  education, nursing, or medicine);
  • Personal psychotherapy—past or on-going—oriented to explore family of origin issues. (Minimum 100 hours);
  • Personal integrity: recent letters of reference;

Readiness as evidenced by:

  1. Experience in dealing with individuals, couples, or families in distress.
  2. Motivation, interest, and dedication to work with couples and families.


Theorical Formation

The theoretical formation encompasses a total of 6 semesters (410 hours), 2 semesters a year for 3 years. The format of the didactic seminars is a mixture of lectures and discussions, based on recommended texts. In the last semester of the third year, each student will conduct a seminar session based on a special topic to be chosen in consultation with the instructor and be expected to produce a paper suitable for publication.

Clinical Formation

The clinical formation consists of 500 clinical contact hours with individuals, couples, and families and 340 hours of supervision, 100 of which must be in individual supervision. In the third year of the program, the student is required to complete a 12 week internship as an MFT in a community clinical setting. All cases must be supervised by an Argyle AAMFT approved supervisor.


Each trainee is responsible for completing the requirements for all theoretical and clinical work in order graduate from this program and obtain the Argyle MFT Certificate. The AAMFT approved supervisors (group and individual) share the major responsibility for the clinical evaluation of the trainees. Course coordinators are responsible for the evaluation procedures of the academic courses.


  • Fees for the course: TBA
  • Group supervision is included in the fees for the course.
  • Individual supervision is to be arranged with the individual supervisor and is not covered by the basic course fee. Individual supervision fees: $60.00 per session for Argyle AAMFT approved supervisors.
  • A non-refundable deposit of TBA must be paid within two weeks after the reception of acceptance letter.

Clinical Referrals

Clinical cases will come from referrals from the Argyle Department of Counselling Services. For some cases the trainees may follow clients in their professional work site through special arrangements with the Argyle Institute. Of the expected 500 hours of direct clinical contact with individuals, couples, and families, a minimum of 300 hours must be with Argyle clients.

Responsability and Liability

All candidates must be members of their professional order and be insured.


All supervisors are AAMFT approved supervisors or in training to meet approved supervisor requirements. All trainees will have the opportunity to be supervised by at least six different supervisors during the program. Group Supervision All trainees will have group supervision with two supervisors once a week for ten months per year throughout the three years of the program. Individual Supervision Trainees will be assigned one individual supervisor initially and will choose a second individual supervisor during the second year of the program.