Counselling and Clinical Psychology – Field in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (OISE)

Program Overview

Clinical and Counselling Psychology is one of two fields offered in the Counselling and Clinical Psychology program, leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. This program is intended for students seeking to pursue careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice. At the time of application, prospective students will be required to identify a preference for this field and a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.

The Clinical and Counselling Psychology field is offered primarily by the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development​ (of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education [OISE] at the downtown St. George campus).​

The other field, Clinical Psychology, is offered primarily by the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus.


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MA, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

MA, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

Supporting documents deadline MA, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

MA, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

Minimum admission average MA:

A-minus in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

A-minus average in both bachelor’s and Master’s

MA:

A-minus in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

A-minus average in both bachelor’s and Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

No

PhD:

No

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA, PhD:

After

MA, PhD:

After

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

Program length (full-time only) MA:

6 sessions

PhD:

5 years

MA:

6 sessions

PhD:

5 years


Master of Arts

Program Description

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program offers studies leading to the MA and PhD degrees. It is offered by the graduate Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), St. George campus, and the graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

This graduate program is intended for students seeking to pursue careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice. At the time of application, students will be required to identify a preference for a specific field as well as for a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.

The program has two fields:

  1. Clinical and Counselling Psychology, offered primarily by OISE;

  2. Clinical Psychology, offered primarily by UTSC.

The field in Clinical and Counselling Psychology is offered primarily by the OISE Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. This field is based on a bio-psycho-social model with an emphasis on diversity. It shares an emphasis with the Clinical Psychology field on assessment and the treatment of psychopathology in adults.

This MA program is designed for applicants interested in working as researchers or practitioners in a variety of psychological and educational settings. This program enables students to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) as a Psychological Associate. It also fulfils the requirements of students who plan to apply to the PhD program, Clinical and Counselling Psychology field.

The MA is taken on a full-time or part-time basis. However, students in the part-time program will be required to complete one year of full-time study to fulfil their degree requirements.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or any appropriate bachelor's degree that would contain the psychology requirement equivalent (defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs] in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second-, third-, and fourth-year levels).

  • Scores on General and Subject tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • A standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A– or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.5 FCEs as follows:

    • APD 1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE) (500 hours of practicum). MA students will attend a minimum of three colloquium presentations during their program, which partially fulfills the course requirements for APD 1203Y+.

    • 0.5 elective FCE.

    • APD 1208Y+ Cognitive and Personality Theory and Assessment (1.0 FCE).

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1228H Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Families and Couples Counselling (0.5 FCE) or APD 1261H Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE) (or an equivalent course).

    • APD 1263H Research Methods for Clinical and Counselling Psychology (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (0.5 FCE).

  • Master's thesis.

  • Full-time option: Full-time, on-campus study is required from September to April, which represents the Fall and Winter sessions. Normally, 1.5 FCEs are taken in each of the Fall and Winter sessions and a maximum of 1.0 FCE in the Summer session. Under this option, it is expected that all degree requirements will be completed within two years.

  • Part-time option (not available for admission in 2020): For this option, students can register as part-time students at the beginning of their program. However, they will be required to register as full-time students for one year of the program. In this option, students will normally take 1.0 FCE annually during the beginning of their program and 1.5 FCEs in each of the Fall and Winter sessions in their year of full-time st​udy. Once they have begun their last required course, they must register continuously and pay the part-time fees until all degree requirements have been completed. Under this option, it is expected that all degree requirements will be completed within two to three years, up to a maximum of six years.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program offers studies leading to the MA and PhD degrees. It is offered by the graduate Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), St. George campus, and the graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

This graduate program is intended for students seeking to pursue careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice. At the time of application, students will be required to identify a preference for a specific field as well as for a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.

The program has two fields:

  1. Clinical and Counselling Psychology, offered primarily by OISE;

  2. Clinical Psychology, offered primarily by UTSC.

The field in Clinical and Counselling Psychology is offered primarily by the OISE Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. This field is based on a bio-psycho-social model with an emphasis on diversity. It shares an emphasis with the Clinical Psychology field on assessment and the treatment of psychopathology in adults.

The principal aim of this PhD program is the development of research and theoretical knowledge in counselling and clinical psychology, assessment skills, and knowledge and training in professional issues. Students are expected to conduct advanced research and to develop professional knowledge and skills. Graduates will be prepared to assume a variety of positions in psychological teaching, research, and practice in universities, community settings and agencies offering psychological services, and in university or college counselling centres.

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program offers both a full-time and flexible-time PhD, and progress in the program will be reviewed annually. The pre-existing program in Counselling Psychology at OISE was re-accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in 2010-2011 for a five-year term. Currently, the program is being reviewed for re-accreditation in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. Applicants to the flexible-time PhD should also demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.
 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or any appropriate bachelor's degree that would contain the psychology requirement equivalent (defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs] in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second-, third- and fourth-year levels), with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A– or better in the final year.

  • A University of Toronto MA degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a grade of A– or better, or its equivalent.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 5.5 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​​​​​2.5 FCEs in Counselling and Psychotherapy:

      • APD 3215H Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar;

      • ​APD 3217Y+Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (Credit/No Credit; 600-hour practicum); and ​APD 3268Y Internship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (1,600-hour internship—arrangements must be made in consultation with the Coordinator of Internship and Counselling Services). PhD students will attend a minimum of six colloquium presentations during their program, which partially fulfills the course requirements for APD 3268Y.

    • ​​​1.0 FCE in Psychology Measurement/Assessment and Diagnosis:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​APD 3225H Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology; and

      • APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems.

    • 0.5 FCE in Supervision and Consultation:

      • APD 3261H+ Clinical Supervision and Consultation Practicum​​.

    • 1.0 FCE in Advanced Research Methods:

      • ​​​​​​​​​APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM); and

      • An advanced-level statistics course (in consultation with supervisors). Courses can be drawn from those offered at OISE or other Faculties with the permission of the instructor.

    • ​​​0.5 FCE in History and Systems Psychology:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​APD 3204H Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology​.

  • Comprehensive examination: In addition to normal course requirements, students will complete two comprehensive components. First, a manuscript for publication and presentation at a peer review conference, normally in Year 1 of the program. Second, students will be examined systematically in general psychology and in professional psychology. The examination will normally be taken at the end of Year 2 of full-time study.

  • Doctoral dissertation: All students must develop, complete, and defend in a Doctoral Final Oral Examination a doctoral dissertation supervised by a full-time member of the Counselling and Clinical Psychology faculty. The content of such dissertation research may address theoretical issues applicable to clinical and counselling concerns and practice, relate to the development of programs in a variety of educational or applied settings, or in some other way contribute to the development and practice of clinical and counselling psychology.

  • Students must register continuously and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

6 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.
 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or any appropriate bachelor's degree that would contain the psychology requirement equivalent (defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs] in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second-, third- and fourth-year levels), with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A– or better in the final year.

  • A University of Toronto MA degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a grade of A– or better, or its equivalent.

  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. Applicants should also demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 5.5 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​​​​​2.5 FCEs in Counselling and Psychotherapy:

      • APD 3215H Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar;

      • APD 3217Y+ Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (Credit/No Credit; 600-hour practicum); and ​APD 3268Y Internship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (1,600-hour internship—arrangements must be made in consultation with the Coordinator of Internship and Counselling Services). PhD students will attend a minimum of six colloquium presentations during their program, which partially fulfills the course requirements for APD 3268Y.

    • ​​​1.0 FCE in Psychology Measurement/Assessment and Diagnosis:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​APD 3225H Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology; and

      • APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems.

    • 0.5 FCE in Supervision and Consultation:

      • APD 3261H+ Clinical Supervision and Consultation Practicum​​​.

    • 1.0 FCE in Advanced Research Methods:

      • ​​​​​​​​​APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM); and

      • An advanced-level statistics course (in consultation with supervisors). Courses can be drawn from those offered at OISE or other Faculties with the permission of the instructor.

    • ​​​0.5 FCE in History and Systems Psychology:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​APD 3204H Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology​.

  • Comprehensive examination: In addition to normal course requirements, students will complete two comprehensive components. First, a manuscript for publication and presentation at a peer review conference, normally in Year 1 of the program. Second, students will be examined systematically in general psychology and in professional psychology. The examination will normally be taken at the end of Year 2 of full-time study.

  • Doctoral dissertation: All students must develop, complete, and defend in a Doctoral Final Oral Examination a doctoral dissertation supervised by a full-time member of the Counselling and Clinical Psychology faculty. The content of such disserta​tion research may address theoretical issues applicable to clinical and counselling concerns and practice, relate to the development of programs in a variety of educational or applied settings, or in some other way contribute to the development and practice of clinical and counselling psychology.

  • Students must register continuously until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. They must register full-time during the first four years and may continue as part-time thereafter, with their department's approval.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

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