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For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

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For full course descriptions, please see the Registrar's Office and course listings page.

Course Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 5.5 FCEs as follows:

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

  • APD 3215H Advanced Psychotherapy Semina​r;

  • ​APD 3217Y Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (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).

  • APD 3261H Clinical Supervision and Consultation Practicum (beginning Fall 2019)

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

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

  • APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems.

​​​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​.

Recommended Plan of Study

1st Year:  Fall

Course                                                                    Term                     Notes

APD3215H Seminar



APD3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems



JOI1288 Intermediate Stats (or equivalent course)

Fall OR Winter

If not in Winter

1st Year:  Winter 

Course                                                                    Term                     Notes

APD3202H Program Evaluation



APD3225H Assessment and Diagnosis


 not offered 2019/2020

JOI1288 Intermediate Statistics (or equivalent course)

Fall OR Winter

if not in Fall


Summer Terms (May/June and July/August)

APD3204H History of Psychology


If not taken in Undergrad


2nd Year:  Fall

Course                                                                    Term                     Notes

APD3217Y Practicum II

Fall and Winter



Fall OR Winter

If waived of History 3204

3rd or 4th Year:  

Course                                                                    Term                     Notes

APD3261H Clinical Supervision and Consultation Practicum

Fall and Winter


APD3271H Extra Practicum

Fall and Winter


APD3268Y Internship

Fall and Winter


Comprehensive Requirements:

Submitted Manuscript for Publication                              Year 2
Comprehensive Exam                                                          Year 3


Note: Optional Courses

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



An annual monitoring form is to be completed by all PhD students each year. 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.


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.

Colloquium Schedule



Practicum 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



  • 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 (linked at the top of this page)




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


More information:

Finding a PhD Internship




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. 

    Verification Form for Supervisor Signature.


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. 


  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



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. 



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



  • ​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)




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. 



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)



  • 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


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