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Clinical Program Overview

The Department of Psychology has offered doctoral training in our Clinical Psychology Program since 1967. In the early 1980's, we developed three Specialized Tracks within the Clinical Program – Adult Clinical Psychology, Child Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology.

The program is administered by the Clinical Training Committee under the direction of the Clinical Training Director. The Clinical Training Committee is composed of the Director of Clinical Training (Dr. Cheryl Thomas), the Practicum Coordinator (Dr. Josee Jarry), the coordinators of the three tracks (Dr. Joseph Casey-Clinical Neuropsychology, Dr. Sylvia Voelker-Child Clinical Psychology, and Dr. Ben Kuo-Adult Clinical Psychology), the Director of Psychological Services (Dr. Sylvia Voelker), and three graduate student representatives (one from each of the tracks). The responsibility of the Director of Clinical Training and the Clinical Training Committee is to ensure that program goals are met and that professional competence is achieved by all students.
Mission Statement of the Clinical Psychology Program

The mission of the doctoral program in clinical psychology is to prepare graduate students for professional practice as clinical psychologists in community, health/medical, academic, and/or research settings. Our training philosophy is that science and practice are inseparable. We follow the "scientist-practitioner" model, and make concerted efforts to incorporate theoretical, empirical, and applied knowledge and skills in all aspects of the program. The mission of the Clinical Program is to develop skilled and ethical professionals who are competent in interpersonal relationships, assessment and evaluation, intervention and consultation, and research.

Objectives of the Clinical Psychology Program

Our goals, objectives and evaluation procedures are based on Definitions of Knowledge and Skills for Professional Practice as set out by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (

Program objectives are to provide quality training so that students demonstrate

(a) Knowledge about the foundations of psychology
(b) Competence in conducting and critiquing research
(c) Competence in  psychological assessment and intervention skills
(d) Competence in interpersonal skills
(e) Competence in teaching, clinical supervision, and consultation skills
(f) Competence in integrating theoretical, empirical, and applied learning in research and practice
(g) Knowledge of and adherence to CPA/APA ethical codes and standards of professional practice
(h) Sensitivity and competence in working with culturally-diverse populations

Proficiency in these areas is assessed through course performance, written examinations, simulations and role plays, live and recorded observations, self-reflection and self-assessment, competency evaluations, annual progress reviews, comprehensive exams, practica and internship evaluations, success in thesis and dissertation proposals and defenses, and involvement in faculty and self-directed research.

Our students are to be professionally competent upon the completion of their PhD, prepared for a successful postdoctoral year of supervised practice and successful completion of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), the Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination (JEE), and the oral examination given by provincial or state psychology boards.

The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by both the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and American Psychological Association (APA). Contact information for the CPA and APA Accreditation Offices are as follows:
Initial accreditation 1987-88
Next site visit due 2014-15

Office of Accreditation
Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5J3
613-237-2144 x 328 or 1-888-472-0657 x 328
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Tel: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202 336-5978