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PhD - CLINICAL & COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY

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COURSE PLAN
 

Students are required to complete:

  • a mimimum of 10 half-courses
  • 600 practicum hours
  • 1600 internship hours (may be fulfilled as a full-time 12-month placement or as a part-time placement over a 24-month period.)
  • a comprehensive examination
  • a thesis

This program must be completed as full-time study.  Course work can normally be completed in four semesters.

 

RECOMMENDED COURSE OF STUDY

Year One: Courses, planning for thesis, practicum applications

Year Two: Courses, practicum, completion of comprehensive exam, thesis committee formation, write thesis proposal

Years Three and Four: Thesis proposal approval, data collection and analysis, thesis writing, internship applications

Years Four and Five: Complete thesis, oral defence, full-time internship

 

REQUIRED COURSES

A. Counselling and Psychotherapy

APD3215H Seminar in Counselling Psychology: Part 1

APD3217Y Practicum II: Interventions in Counselling Psychology (normally completed in the second year of program)

APD3268Y PhD Internship

B. Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis

APD3225H Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology (normally completed in the second year of program)

APD3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems (formerly Psychopathology & Diagnosis)

C. Advanced Research Methods

APD1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design [RM]

APD3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences D. History and Systems of Psychology

APD3204H Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology (may be waived if an undergraduate equivalent completed).

E. Optional Courses

If applicable, and in consultation with your supervisor, other elective courses can be chosen from within the department or from another graduate unit at the University of Toronto. 

 


Academic Monitoring

The Annual Monitoring Form (pdf) is to be completed by all MA and PhD students each year by March 31. Written feedback is provided to each student and retained in the student’s departmental file. 

If minor problems are noted, a faculty member contacts the student and discusses possible ways to rectify the problem(s).

If the difficulty is a significant one, a faculty member is assigned the task of monitoring the student’s progress. In cases where attempts to rectify the problem are unsuccessful, the student may be asked to leave the program.

 

 

COLLOQUIUM REQUIREMENT
 

This series is offered throughout the academic year. It is expected that all PhD students will attend a minimum of six colloquium presentations during their program.

Attendance at this series partially fulfills the course requirements for APD3268Y.

The completed Colloquium Attendance Form should be submitted to the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Judy Silver, together with the Placement Evaluation Form.

Please see Colloquium Series for more information and the event schedule.

PRACTICA
 

OVERVIEW:

  • Students must complete a 600-hour practicum, supervised by a licensed psychologist
     
  • Administered through course APD3217Y Practicum II – Interventions in Counselling Psychology
     
  • All practicum and internship arrangements must be made in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Judy Silver. Students are encouraged to consult Dr. Silver in the fall of their first year of the PhD program. 
     
  • Typically done in the second year of the PhD program.

 

EVALUATION:

  • This is a pass/fail course
     
  • The grade is assigned by the Director of Clinical Training after reviewing the final evaluation completed by the student’s supervisor
    • ​Practicum supervisors evaluate their students’ performance half way through the placement experience and again at the end of the placement to inform the course instructor of student progress

 

Further information regarding policies and procedures for the practicum are available in the Practicum and Internship Placement Handbook for the MA and PhD Degrees in the the Clinical and Counselling Psychology Program

 

INTERNSHIP
 

OVERVIEW:

  • The PhD Internship Course APD3268Y requires the completion of at least 1600 hours of internship under the supervision of registered psychologist(s). 
     
  • Occurs at the end of the program, once all other course requirements have been met
     
  • Completing the dissertation prior to beginning the internship is recommended. Students may defend their dissertation prior to the commencement of their internship placement or during the period of their placement. 
     
  • ​Students should expect to travel outside of Toronto for their internships or even outside of Ontario

All information regarding the internship application process, including timelines for preparing applications and guidance for completing the AAPI forms can be found in the Clinical and Counselling Psychology Internship Manual

A suggested timeline for finding an Internship Placement is outlined here

 

COMPREHENSIVE COMPONENT

The comprehensive requirement will consist of two components:

1. A manuscript for publication and presentation at a peer-reviewed conference

  • to be completed before the 2nd component
  • normally begins in the first year of the PhD program
  • under the direction of the research/thesis supervisor, students will complete a manuscript for publication and presentation at a peer-reviewed conference. 
     

2. A take-home exam in general psychology and in professional psychology

  • normally completed by the end of Year 3 of the program
  • must be successfully completed prior to defending a doctoral thesis
  • scheduled the Tuesday after Labour Day 
  • all information about the exam will be provided closer to the exam date


​The exam must be successfully completed prior defending the Doctoral thesis. 


PURPOSE

  1. To ensure an adequate level of psychological knowledge for professional functioning as a practitioner, academic, and/or researcher;
     
  2. To demonstrate an ability to integrate information at the accepted standard for a doctoral student

 ​DETAILS:

The examination questions are developed by the Clinical and Counselling Psychology Program Committee (CCPPC). Students will not know the answers in advance.

Part One:

  • consists of four questions 
     
  • covers several of the core content areas of psychology, including research methods, individual and social bases of behaviour, cognitive-affective bases of behaviour, and biological bases of behaviour. 
     

Part Two:

  • analysis of a clinical case
     
  • covers assessment and diagnosis, theories of psychopathology, theories and techniques of psychotherapy, and professional ethics. 

 

REGISTER:

  • Students indicate their intention to write the comprehensive exam in early June by 29 contacting the Program Liaison, Todd Will (todd.will@utoronto.ca)

 

EVALUATION:

  • ​Grades are pass, marginal pass, or failure. A pass requires a minimum of a pass on 2 questions and a marginal pass on the third.
  • Faculty grade individually from each other and are blind to student identity
     
  • If a student receives a Fail, the question will be graded by a second faculty reader to determine if the grade warrants a change to a pass. 
     
  • Students who receive a failing grade will be allowed to re-write a new question in the same area where the marginal pass or failure was given. 
     
  • Students who receive a failing grade the second time will be asked to leave the program.
     

The CCPPC will make accommodations for the following:

1.   Students with a disability

2.   Students unable to complete the comprehensive examination during the specified period for medical reasons (Doctor’s note required)

3.   Students encountering extenuating circumstances (evaluated on an individual basis)

 

THESIS & ORAL EXAMINATION
 

PhD students must develop, complete and defend a Doctoral dissertation in an oral examination. The specific procedures for establishing a final oral examination are quite detailed, and planning for the final oral exam must be undertaken at least two months in advance of the actual examination.

The PhD Oral Examination Nomination Form and timetables are also available from the Registrar’s Office. 
 

When preparing a thesis, you will work in consultation with your thesis supervisor until a committee is formed and, after that, with your thesis committee. 

 

CONTENT:

The content of the dissertation research may address theoretical issues applicable to clinical and counseling psychology. 

 

PhD THESIS PROCESS:

1. Review of OISE Guidelines for Theses and Orals

2. Establishment of a thesis topic

3. Selection of a thesis supervisor (normally the student’s Faculty Advisor)

4. Formation of a thesis committee (form to be completed)

  • completed by the end of the second year

5. Ethical review, if required (forms to be completed)

  • must be completed before any data collection commences
  • must be accepted prior to applying for internship

6. Thesis proposal approval (form to be completed)

  • must be accepted by the end of the third year
  • must be completed before any data collection commences
  • must be accepted prior to applying for internship

7. Thesis work

8. Final thesis approval and submission (form to be completed)

 

EVALUATION:

  • A thesis in the PhD program is examined by the student’s thesis committee through the oral examination process.
     
  • The thesis committee includes the student’s supervisor, plus a minimum of two faculty members, both holding either Full or Associate School of Graduate Studies appointments. At least one thesis committee member must be from APHD.

     
  • Once a student’s thesis is in its final form and has been approved by the thesis committee, the final oral examination is scheduled
    • A student defends his/her thesis at an examination conducted by a Final Oral Examination Committee.
       
    • It is this exam that will determine whether or not a student may be recommended for his/her degree.
       
    • PhD Oral Examination Nomination Form and timetables are available from the Registrar’s Office
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SUPERVISION
 

All PhD students are required to gain experience as a supervisor through course APD 3271H. This is typically completed by working with one of the APD1203Y class instructors or with faculty supervisors in the OISE Psychology Clinic or Student Services.

Arranging Your Supervision:

The supervision practicum does not require the approval of CCPPC, but does require consultation with the Director of Clinical Training to arrange your supervision placement.

You will need to advise the Director of Clinical Training by the third Monday in November about your intentions to be involved in supervision. 

Anything in addition to the supervision experience must be reviewed and receive approval by CCP through submission of the Approval for Additional Doctoral Practicum Experience Form. Approval is required prior to applying to practicum placements and is based on your research development, dissertation progress and practicum plan. This form should be completed in consultation with your dissertation supervisor.

To learn more about your program, see About CCP