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Clinical Psychology Graduate Diploma

The Diploma in Clinical Psychology provides students enroled in the MA in Psychology (Research and Clinical Training Option) with clinical coursework and practica qualifying them for further clinical training provided in the PhD in Psychology (Research and Clinical Training Option).

Admission Requirements

The Diploma in Clinical Psychology is open only to students enrolled in the MA or PhD in Psychology (Research and Clinical Training Option).

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Language Requirements. Although no formal language courses or examinations are required, students intending to work in Quebec are strongly encouraged to develop a working knowledge of French. Students who plan to seek admission to the Order of Quebec Psychologists (OPQ) are advised that Article 46 of the professional code of the Province of Quebec states that a working knowledge of French is required for professional certification.

Undergraduate Teaching. Students are encouraged to take opportunities to assist in undergraduate teaching. The department treats such teaching as part of the student’s learning experience. Discussion of aims and techniques as well as advice and criticism will be involved as part of the training that students obtain as teaching assistants.

Colloquia. All students are expected to attend departmental colloquia.

Requirements for the Diploma

  1. Credits. (30 credits) Students are required to complete 30 credits as follows:

  2. Courses. Requirements for the Diploma in Clinical Psychology consist of 10 courses. PSYC 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 720 (24 credits); PSYC 708, 709, or 710 (3 credits); and PSYC 711, 712, or 713 (3 credits).
     

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.

  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements. In the case of the Diploma in Clinical Psychology, the time limit is 9 terms (3 years) for full-time students; for part-time students the time limit is 15 terms (5 years).

  3. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
     

Courses

The following are 3-credit courses unless otherwise indicated.

PSYC 701 Models of Assessment I
Prerequisite: PSYC 700; Co-requisite: PSYC 706 or permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
Focusing on cognitive and ability testing of children and adults, this course stresses the conceptual bases of ability testing, research results and their implications for test interpretation, and strengths and limitations of current test batteries for children and adults. Specific course content includes: a) measurement theory, including issues of test construction, reliability, validity, and evaluation; b) appropriate use and interpretation of specific cognitive assessment batteries (e.g. the Wechsler and Stanford-Binet scales for children and adults); and c) special assessment issues, including the testing of minorities and assessment-related ethical problems. A practicum in assessment techniques (PSYC 706) is typically taken in conjunction with this course.

PSYC 702 Models of Assessment II
Prerequisite: PSYC 701; Co-requisite: PSYC 707 or permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
This course is a continuation of Assessment I, and focuses on the measurement of behaviour related directly to personality and/or behaviour disorders in both adult and child populations. Interviewing, projective techniques and structural (quantitative) tests of personality such as the MMPI and CPI are included. The course stresses the evaluation of assessment procedures in terms of reliability and validity issues, and focuses on the selection and use of assessment procedures for specific types of prediction. The course also stresses the integration of assessment procedures into treatment planning and evaluation.

PSYC 703 Psychological Treatment I: Foundations and Systems
Prerequisite: PSYC 700.
Models of psychological intervention with both adults and children are examined with respect to: a) theoretical formulations and etiological assumptions; b) treatment objectives and strategies; c) issues related to the application of these models; d) the efficacy of treatment procedures, including general issues in outcome research. The major emphases are on behavioural and psychodynamic approaches. Among other topics, the ethics of therapeutic interventions are discussed.

PSYC 704 Psychological Treatment II: Empirically Supported Interventions
Prerequisite: PSYC 703.
A continuation of PSYC 703. Psychological Treatment I: Foundations and Systems.

PSYC 705 APC Practicum I
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSYC 700 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
Students participate in case supervision, observe and/or assist with clients in therapy, and attend case conferences at the Applied Psychology Centre (APC).

PSYC 706 Assessment Practicum I
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSYC 701, 705 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
This course focuses on the practical applications of the material discussed in Models of Assessment I (PSYC 701). Students administer intellectual tests under supervision. Techniques for administration, interpretation and report-writing of specific test batteries suitable for adults and children are stressed.

PSYC 707 Assessment Practicum II
Prerequisite: PSYC 706, Co-requisite: PSYC 702, and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
This course focuses on the practical applications of the material discussed in models of Assessment II (PSYC 702). Students administer personality tests under supervision. Techniques for administration, interpretation and report writing of specific assessment test batteries suitable for adults and children are stressed.

PSYC 708 APC Practicum II: General
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSYC 703, 704, 706, 707 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
The focus of this course is the practical applications of the material discussed in Models of Assessment II and Models of Behaviour Change I and II PSYC 702, 703 and 704. Students are responsible for the assessment and treatment of selected clients of the Applied Psychology Centre under faculty supervision.

PSYC 709 APC Practicum II: Adult
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSYC 703, 704, 706, 707 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
The focus of this course is the practical applications of the material discussed in Models of Assessment II and Models of Behaviour Change I and II PSYC 702, 703 and 704. Students are responsible for the assessment and treatment of selected adult clients of the Applied Psychology Centre under faculty supervision.

PSYC 710 APC Practicum II: Child
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSYC 703, 704, 706, 707 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
The focus of this course is the practical applications of the material discussed in Models of Assessment II and Models of Behaviour Change I and II PSYC 702, 703 and 704. Students are responsible for the assessment and treatment of selected child clients of the Applied Psychology Centre under faculty supervision.

PSYC 711 Extramural Practicum I: General
Prerequisite: PSYC 701, 702, 703, 704, 706, 707 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
A four-month extramural practicum done under qualified supervisors in an applied setting approved by the department’s internship committee, e.g., hospitals, clinics, schools, community and rehabilitation centres.

PSYC 712 Extramural Practicum I: Adult
Prerequisite: PSYC 701, 702, 703, 704, 706, 707 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
A four-month extramural practicum with adult clients, done under qualified supervisors in an applied setting approved by the department’s internship committee, e.g. hospitals, clinics, schools, community and rehabilitation centres.

PSYC 713 Extramural Practicum I: Child
Prerequisite: PSYC 701, 702, 703, 704, 706, 707 and permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
A four-month extramural practicum with child clients, done under qualified supervisors in an applied setting approved by the department’s internship committee, e.g., hospitals, clinics, schools, community and rehabilitation centres.

PSYC 720 Seminar on Ethical and Professional Issues
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSYC 834 or permission of the Director of Clinical Training.
In this biweekly seminar, ethical and professional issues in clinical psychology are considered through case presentations by students, faculty and guest clinicians. The ethical principles of national accrediting bodies and of the Order of Psychologists of Québec are reviewed.

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