The goal of the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Calgary is to prepare students for careers as doctoral level professionals in applied, academic and research settings. The training we offer is based on the scientist-practitioner model and provides students with an integration of academic knowledge, research skills, and clinical training and experience. This integration is achieved through formal course work, ongoing activity in faculty and self-directed research, and supervised clinical work in a variety of practica and internship settings. The program was granted full accreditation status for six years by the Canadian Psychological Association in 2011. The CPA Accreditation Office is located at 141 Laurier Ave West, Suite 702, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3.
Students are exposed to a core curriculum including research design and statistics, history and systems of psychology, ethics and professional standards, and breadth courses in the general domain of psychology. In addition to a breadth of knowledge within the general field of psychology, students will acquire:
- training in the content areas and theoretical approaches specific to clinical psychology,
- training in the techniques, procedures and ethics of assessment and intervention, and
- the proficiency to execute and evaluate research.
Formal courses are complemented by community-based practicum training courses, summer clinical experiences, and advanced clinical practica (approximately 1,100 hours of experience), all of which take place during two years of study as a master's level student and two more years of full-time residency as a doctoral candidate. Students in the program will also complete a full-year (1,600 hours) predoctoral clinical internship. Training in this program is sensitive to diversity considerations.
Research training within the program consists of both a master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation, as well as other research activities with which the student may become involved. Research training is based upon an "apprenticeship" model in which students initially work closely with a faculty member in an area of mutual interest, gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to undertake self-directed independent research. It is expected that students will take graduate level statistics and research methods courses during their first two years of the program. During this time a master's thesis will also be completed. Based upon adequate performance, students will then normally proceed to doctoral level course work, candidacy examinations, doctoral level research, and a year-long predoctoral clinical psychology internship.