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Quebec naturotherapy requirements

Naturotherapy: Requirement of 1200 hours

AQTN recognizes naturotherapists through hours of training or as competency-based!

  • Trainings whose main focus is esthetic are not considered.
  • Naturotherapists who work full-time have a career in prevention and in helping in people reach better health and well-being.

We do not evaluate applications over the phone or by email, you must submit your application with the required documents. The evaluation is free.


Naturotherapy

Naturotherapy is not a substitute for medical treatments, but can be complementary to them. We increasingly talk of integrative medicine, which can be accomplished with an Order or through health professionals.

Naturotherapists use different approaches to bring more balance and health to the client. Citing a publication from Concordia University, the ability to change stress levels can touch on multiple of the following points, which illustrates the importance of recognizing when to refer a client to a medical doctor. Naturotherapists can have impact on the following:

Physical signs

  • dry mouth
  • increased heart rate
  • muscle aches (especially shoulder, neck and lower back)
  • high blood pressure
  • worsening of an existing illness (asthma, skin rashes)
  • chest pain
  • headache
  • indigestion
  • constipation
  • stomach cramps
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • trembling
  • fatigue
  • weight gain or loss

Behavioral signs

  • increased smoking or drinking
  • yelling, swearing
  • aggression
  • changes in eating habits
  • changes in sleep habits
  • nervousness (nail biting, fidgeting, pacing)

Mental signs

  • difficult concentrating
  • decreased memory
  • difficulty making decisions
  • mind going blank or racing
  • confusion
  • loss of sense of humour
  • decreased libido
  • inattention
  • bad dreams

Emotional signs

  • anxiety
  • anger
  • irritability
  • impatience
  • short temper
  • frustration
  • worry
  • fear

SOURCES OF STRESS

  • physical environment
  • social or relational
  • financial
  • organizational
  • life events
  • lifestyle choices
  • physiological

Other reasons for consultations (prevention oriented)

  • fatigue
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • health adjustments
  • digestive issues
  • nervous issues
  • sleeping trouble
  • circulatory issues
  • alimentary advice
  • pain originating in bones
  • muscular pain
  • pain in articulations
  • respiratory issues


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Naturotherapy / naturopathy is not regulated in Quebec. As a result, definitions may vary slightly among associations. Ours is very close to naturopathy.

Naturotherapy and naturopathy in Quebec with AQTN

To better understand the definition of a Quebec naturopath, we present some examples:

  • A reflexology therapist is not a naturopath, however a naturopath may use reflexology in their treatment.
  • A nutritionist is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can certainly use nutrition in their treatment.
  • A hypnotherapist of NLP therapist is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can certainly use these techniques in a treatment.
  • Someone who recommends the use of hydrotherapy is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can suggest this course of action in a treatment.
  • A massage therapist is not a naturopath, however a naturopath can use massage in a treatment, although we would expect the naturopath to having some training in massage therapy and therefore issue a massage receipt.
  • A herbalist is not a naturopath, however a naturopath can certainly recommend herbs in their treatment.
  • One may use Alexander's technique to improve posture and is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can certainly use this technique to help correct posture if they have the skill set.
  • One may use Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques to balance and improve health and well-being, but is not a naturopath. A naturopath can certainly use this technique to help correct posture if they have the skill set.

We see that a naturopath has a wide range of techniques at their disposal. The 1000+ hour training offered in schools will inevitably cover a holistic view of clients within the program.

Are there reserved acts for Quebec naturopaths? The answer is no, there is no law protecting or regulating the acts of a naturopath in Quebec.

Quebec naturopaths are constrained by law 21, the CMQ and those laws as relating to reserved acts with the Order of dieticians. Note that medical doctors trained out of country looking to practice medicine as Naturopathic doctors are not eligible.

Quebec naturopaths cannot prescribe medication or order blood tests for analysis. The scope of practice is therefore more limited than in regulated provinces. However, the preventative nature of the modality is aligned with the Quebec government's Strategic action plan for 2015-2020, in particular with regards to prevention - representing a significant portion of the plan. In addition, Revenu Quebec allows a tax deduction under medical expenses on income tax returns for certified AQTN Naturopath practitioners.

As an association, we try to create barriers to entry that are similar to those in regulated provinces, always within a legal scope of practice. In regulated provinces, a bachelor of science is a pre-requisite. A bachelor of science is usually over 1200 hours of training. However, there are no bachelor degrees in Quebec that are, by themselves, sufficient to gain entry to the association with the designation of naturotherapist / naturopath even if the criteria of hours has been met. Accounting, marketing and promoting the benefits of one's practice are important points for success and can also count among the hours even though they are not part of the actual technique or modality.

In the evaluation process, we will look at the work you are doing - not just the diplomas, which may lead to certain exclusions. This is one of the reasons for which we ask for a letter of intent.

We do not evaluate applications over the phone or by email, you must submit your application with the required documents. The evaluation is free.