A Brief History of Our Program

Our program began as a M.A. program in Applied Child Psychology not long after the official founding of the University of Guelph in 1965. The program evolved to include a Ph.D. and was approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) in the early 1990's. In 1996, an on-site clinic was established for the combined purpose of training students and providing a service to children, adolescents and families within the wider community. Our Centre for Psychological Services (CPS) has remained a valued cornerstone of the program. In the Fall of 2003, CCAP (then known as the Clinical Program: Applied Developmental Emphasis) began the self-study process and received accreditation by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in November 2005. The program retains it's CPA accreditation standing and represents external recognition of the high quality of the program. We adopted the CCAP name in 2018 to reflect the program’s explicit focus on training in clinical psychology within child and adolescent (rather than adult) populations. We have always been proud of the training provided in the program, the students within it, and of their accomplishments on internship and after graduation.