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Additional Qualifications Online Application System

You may use this system to:

  • Apply for Additional Qualifications courses
    (Note that a valid email address and credit card are required)
  • Check the registration status of your application
  • Update your current contact information

Finding a PhD Practicum Placement

Students looking for a clinical practicum placement should 

student with paper in hand nbegin making inquiries in the fall for a placement beginning in September of the following year.

To get an understanding of the available placement options, students are strongly encouraged to:

  • attend the annual Placement Representative Meeting, held each year in the fall
  • speak to other students who have already completed placements of interest

When selecting placements, students should be mindful that they will benefit from exposure to different kinds of assessment and intervention experiences across a range of different client populations. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their placement planning with the Director of Clinical Training.


TIMELINE:

Most clinic placements expect to receive applications by the first day in February, interview during February and early March and provide notification of acceptance in mid March.

 

PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW:

Prepare for your interview in the same way that they would for a job interview.  You should be ready to answer questions about their knowledge, skills and interests, and have knowledge of the opportunities available in the placement and be prepared to ask questions.

A set of potential interview questions is available from the Director of Clinical Training.

 

ONCE A PLACEMENT HAS BEEN FOUND:

Once accepted by the placement, you and your supervisor must complete a Placement Confirmation Form - (Clinic), and submit it to the Director of Clinical Training.

  • This form constitutes the formal agreement between the student and the supervisor.  Permission to take APD3241H is given once this form is received

 

ADDITIONAL CLINICAL HOURS

To be competitive for internship placements through the APPIC match system, you must collect a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical experience, including at least 300 hours of direct service (face-to-face client contact). Most students do not collect all of this experience solely through the practica and practicum courses provided by the program.

Additional clinical experience (working with different populations and using different intervention approaches) increases breadth of skills and improves the likelihood that students will be selected for accredited internship placements. You are encouraged to plan the augmentation of your clinical experience in discussion with the Director of Clinical Training. Additional clinical skills may be gathered either through the collection of program sanctioned hours or through taking an additional practicum.

1. Collection of program sanctioned hours

Clinical experiences are considered “program sanctioned” – meaning that they count as clinical hours for the purpose of applying for internship – if the following conditions are met:

1)  Your work is supervised by a doctoral level registered psychologist;

2)  You and your supervisor complete a Program Sanctioning Hours form and submit it to the Director of Clinical Training prior to beginning the placement;

3)  At the end of the placement, the student submits to the Director of Clinical Training a Clinical Progress form, signed by the supervisor, documenting the student’s progress.

The placement may be either paid or unpaid.

 

2. Additional practicum

Students undertake and additional practicum experiences through enrolling in course APD3243HStudents may register for this course only with the permission of the course instructor, the SCCP Director of Clinical Training of Clinical Training.

The advantage of collecting clinical experience in this way instead of through the “Collection of program sanctioned hours" is that the additional practicum provides accident/incident and liability coverage to the student while in placement. 

Senior students should not undertake an additional practicum if they are taking a practicum placement away from a more junior SCCP student. PhD students may register in this course anytime that they commence a field placement experience under the supervision of a registered psychologist, providing that the placement is unpaid.

These experiences count as clinical hours for the purpose of applying for internship, if the following conditions are met:

1)  The placement is unpaid.

2)  The student’s work is supervised by a doctoral level registered psychologist;

3)  Prior to beginning the placement, the student and supervisor complete the Placement Confirmation Form- Clinic and submit that form to the Director of Clinical Training;

4)  At the end of the placement, the student submits to the Director of Clinical Training either a Clinical Progress form (for placements 250 hour or less) or a Practicum and Internship Evaluation Form signed by the supervisor, documenting the student’s progress. 

 

Once enrolled in APD3243H, students may undertake more than one practicum experience. At the beginning of each new experience they submit a Placement Confirmation Form- Clinic and at the end they should submit either a Clinical Progress Form or a Practicum and Internship Evaluation Form. A credit grade for APD3243H is submitted by the Director of Clinical Training, at the student’s request, typically when the student begins internship.

 

ACCIDENT & LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE

The University provides some coverage should an accident or incident occur while students are in practicum placements. This coverage is exclusive to the practica associated with APD1218H, APD3241H and APD3243H.  This accident/incident insurance is referred to as Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits. A copy of this policy is found in the Practica & Interships page under SCCP.

The University maintains liability insurance against claims, in an amount of not less than one million dollars per occurrence; this insurance proves coverage for students against lawsuit claims for events occurring while they were engaged in activities in their placements. This coverage is exclusive to the practica associated with APD1218H, APD3241H and APD3243H. This coverage is not available for students collecting program sanctioned hours.

Finding an Internship Placement
 

PLANNING:

  • In June, the Director of Clinical Training meets with students who are planning to search for internship and provides an overview of the APPIC match process. The APPIC application process starts at: www.appic.org
     
  • You are expected to enter the APPIC match process and apply for APA/CPA-accredited placements. 
     
  • Your chance of succeeding with the match process increases with the number of applications.
     
  • APA/CPA accredited internships in the Greater Toronto Area are limited, so expect to travel outside of Toronto (e.g., London, Hamilton, Ottawa) or even outside of Ontario.

 

TIMELINE:

March-May of the year before anticipated internship:

•  Determine internship sites that interest you by:

  • Reviewing the CCPPP website http://www.ccppp.ca
  • Reviewing the APPIC directories of internship placements at http://www.appic.org 
  • Talking with interns and faculty

•  Request letters of recommendation from faculty and clinical supervisors


June to August

•  Attend the group meeting set up by the Director of Clinical Training to review the application process

•  Update your curriculum vitae

•  Download the AAPI application form on the APPIC site and begin to fill it out in pencil

•  Prepare a table of deadlines and required application materials and begin ranking your sites

•  Begin writing your application essays

 

September to November

•  Register with the National Matching Services Inc. to receive a password and match identification number to place on application (the NMS registration deadline for applicants is Dec.1)

•  Order transcripts

•  Ask your advisor, fellow applicants and/or the Director of Clinical Training to review your essays and curriculum vitae

•  Calculate hours and arrange meeting with the Director of Clinical Training to confirm hours on application

•  Write cover letters for each site

 

December to January

•  Practice for possible interview questions

•  Review your application materials

•  Know each site you are applying to well

•  Be prepared to travel for interviews

•  Create and revise your Rank Order list

•  Submit Rank Order list to the NMS (deadline is early in February) -- Only rank the places you are seriously considering -- once you’ve been matched, you cannot change your mind!

•  Wait to hear the Matching Program results (the third week in February)


Students who enter the match and are unable to obtain a placement should consult with the Director of Clinical Training to consider ways to strengthen their application before reapplying the following year.

 

EXEMPTION

Under extenuating circumstances, students may petition in a written letter to be exempt from entering APPIC match and to be permitted to undertake a non-accredited, non- APPIC internship. Circumstances that warrant consideration include but are not limited to extenuating family issues and the unsuitability of available internships given the career goals of the student. 

The letter should be addressed to the Clinical Progress Review Committee and given to the Director of Clinical Training. Accompanying the petition letter is a signed Internship Confirmation form and a completed Educational Outline for the Internship (non APPIC). Both are available from the Director of Clinical Training.

The expectation is that the internship placement should substantially conform with APPIC membership criteria. Upon receipt of these materials, the Clinical Progress Review Committee will review the petition, make a decision and inform the student.

 

Accident and liability insurance coverage while on internship

Students should note that the University does not provide accident or liability insurance coverage while students are on internship. Students may choose to purchase this coverage privately during their internship year.