CP:ADE Program

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Program Overview


The program in Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental is a CPA accredited clinical psychology training program that follows a scientist-practitioner model. The main objective of this combined MA and PhD program is the training of graduate students for work as clinical and academic psychologists through a prescribed curriculum offering both clinical and developmental perspectives on the difficulties children, youth and families may encounter.

Students entering the M.A. program do so with the understanding that they are expected to pursue admission to the doctoral degree by first completing the M.A. degree with a research thesis. Students entering the Ph.D. program from other universities do so with the understanding that they are required to complete all the required M.A. level courses for which they do not have equivalent course work. In this way we attempt to ensure that all of our doctoral graduates meet the requirements for registration as psychologists and for working as psychologists in clinical, school, academic, and research positions.


Children, adolescents and their families face challenges ranging from difficulties to disorders. Our mission is to respond to these challenges through graduate training in clinical practice and research. In all of our endeavours, we strive to achieve the highest standards of professionalism in our research, teaching, and clinical pursuits.


We believe that both continuous and discontinuous transformations characterize development. These are best understood against a background of normal child development, the multiplicity of contexts in which children live, and the developmental trajectories that result. Thus, our overriding programmatic goal is to prepare child clinical psychologists with an orientation that not only considers psychopathological processes, but also incorporates a solid foundation in normal development and an appreciation of the social-contextual, cognitive, and biological factors that contribute to disordered behaviour.

Our program is based upon the scientist-practitioner model. Students are required to have thorough knowledge and skills in research, assessment and diagnosis, intervention, and programme evaluation. They must also demonstrate the highest standards of ethical conduct and be committed to personal development as professional psychologists.

A range of pedagogic experiences have been designed to instantiate our training model. Through formal courses and seminars, students are expected to obtain a foundational knowledge of the discipline. The relationship with the thesis supervisor and advisory committee serves to enhance their ability to undertake independent research. Clinical skills are developed within the practical component of several courses, internal practicum experience in the Department's Centre for Psychological Training, external practicum placements, and internship. Informal learning is available through the shadowing of casework with our clinical staff, clinic meetings and gatherings organized around professional issues. The goal is always to integrate discipline-based knowledge with practice.


Our program is committed to fostering the following values in our students and faculty as they carry out their teaching, research, and professional responsibilities:

ethical behaviour
service to society
creativity and critical inquiry
informed practice
tolerance and compassion
respect for and responsiveness to diversity
life long learning

Theoretical Orientation of Faculty

Our program's faculty emphasize systemic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioural, social-constructionist, and biological perspectives. Students are exposed to many ways of viewing the developmental trajectories of children and adolescents, as well as to a range of problem-solving and treatment approaches.

Goals & Objectives

Our program emphasizes four broad goals, each of which has a number of more specific objectives. These comprise the development of research and scholarship; clinical skills, ethical and professional conduct and interpersonal skills, and a strong identification with the profession of psychology. All of these culminate in an internship year in a clinical setting and a PhD thesis. Through these experiences, students from our program are prepared for both academic and clinical roles. Courses taken by students in all of the doctoral programs in our department include research design and statistics, psychological applications of multivariate analysis, ethical issues, and philosophy and history of psychology as a science. However, while the CP:ADE program shares the applied focus of the other fields of study within the department, it is unique in focusing on the development of clinical psychologists who will be registered as service providers to the public. As such, it has its own set of courses and expectations. These are commensurate with accreditation and registration standards as implemented within the regulations set out by the College of Psychologists and the Canadian Psychological Association. The program also has a special linkage with the Centre for Psychological Training as a key practicum and professional development setting.

Goal A. The development of research and scholarship

Students will acquire knowledge of research and theory in key areas of psychology related to the specialization of Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis.
Students will acquire in depth research and theoretical knowledge within the area of Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis.
Students will attain a knowledge of methodology in research, psychometrics, and programme evaluation as a basis for investigating research questions posed and evaluating treatment/ programme effectiveness.
Students will develop the competence to conceptualize, formulate, and conduct independent research.
Students will develop skill in communicating research findings both orally and in a publication format.

Goal B. The development of clinical skills

Students will acquire interviewing skills to work with children and the adults with whom they interact such as parents, teachers, and other professionals.
In concert with students' knowledge of child development and psychopathology, students will develop the skills to conduct a broad range of psychological assessments of children and adolescents.
Students will develop skill in differential diagnosis, case formulation and treatment planning.
Students will develop knowledge of various principles and strategies of intervention. This will include both therapy for emotional/interpersonal issues as well as remediation for academic difficulties.
Students will develop skill in providing therapy for children and adolescents including empirically supported interventions.
Students will develop skills in writing psychological reports for clients, and in providing face to face feedback to clients and/or their respective agencies as requested by clients.

Goal C. The development of ethical, legal and professional conduct, and interpersonal skills

 Students will acquire knowledge of the guidelines for ethics in psychology as set out by the Canadian Psychological Association and standards of professional practice as set out by the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Students will be directed towards considering issues of diversity and disadvantage to enhance their understanding of others in the delivery of psychological services.
Students will develop the ability to establish effective working relationships in their provision of psychological services.
Students will develop consultative and supervisory skills for use in organizations and systems such as clinics, departments, and schools.

Goal D. Identification with the profession of psychology.

Students will identify with the discipline and profession of psychology and aim for registration as psychologists.