Psychologists offer a variety of psychological services and therapies to people suffering mental disorders, stress, and other issues they face in their day-to-day lives.
The title of psychologist is bestowed upon members accepted into the professional Ordre des psychologues du Québec [Professional Order of Psychologists of Quebec] (OPQ) who, through their accreditation process, maintain the professional standards of the discipline and are mandated by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Professions].
The order, headquartered in Montréal, has over eight thousand members and is associated with Desjardins, laPersonnelle, and Lussier Dale Parizeau. Their members contribute to the psychological community through various means and initiatives, not only by ensuring competent professionals practise the discipline. The order provides the public with an updated professional database filtering psychologists based on their specialties. Furthermore, they cooperate with the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide [Quebec Suicide Prevention Association] (AQPS). They also provide access to various publications such as their magazine Psychologie to keep their members, and their visitors, up to date on the latest trends in the field. Some of the publications are annual reports while others are action plans highlighting the orders plans for the future or new legislation drafted that affects the profession of psychology. The order is also associated with a variety of different psychological associations such as the Association québécoise de psychologie du travail et des organisation [Quebec Association of Work and Organizational Psychology], the Association québécoise des neuropsychologues [Quebec Association of Neuropsychologists], and many more.
To become a practicing psychologist, an applicant must obtain a recognized doctorate in psychology, pass an ethics course, and be able to demonstrate a professional level of proficiency in French. The registration fee costs $103.48. They also offer a psychotherapy permit to supplement members of other organizations that wish to practise psychotherapy. Those applicants are required to have membership in an order recognized by OPQ, a master’s degree in human relations, and have at least 765 hours of university education in psychotherapy, and have passed a 600-hour-long internship as a psychotherapist.
Due to this being a profession mandated by the Office of Quebec Professions, members have an exclusive right to practise psychology. Furthermore, becoming a member of the order ensures the beginning of a rich and fulfilling career as a psychologist due to amount of support they give their members and the exclusivity of membership.