All practicum courses must be completed as part of the degree requirements for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.
All students will complete approximately 1,200 hours of supervised practicum experience. This requirement exceeds the 600 hours required by the Canadian Psychological Association for doctoral level training, but is intended to ensure that students’ applications for residency are competitive.
Practicum placements serve a variety of ages and populations. Typically, placements are available through hospitals, community clinics, and specialty clinics in Alberta Health Services, as well as other private and non-profit agencies. Students should consult with the Practicum Coordinator for more information about practicum placements.
The Practicum Coordinator acts as a liaison between the Program in Clinical Psychology and practicum settings.
The coordinator is responsible for:
- Identifying potential supervisors and disseminating this information to Program students
- Monitoring the progress of students in practicum settings
- Maintaining a record of the total number of supervised clinical hours obtained by each Program student
- Providing practicum settings with students' feedback regarding their practicum experiences
- The development of new practicum placements
- Familiarizing Clinical Supervisors with the policies and practices of the Program
Students are expected to go on clinical residency in years three or four of their Ph.D. To be eligible for internship, students must have completed their Candidacy exams, completed all course work, and at a minimum, successfully defended their dissertation proposals. In accordance with CPA accreditation criteria, clinical psychology students are required to complete a competitive, full-time, year-long clinical training experience - clinical residency or clinical internship.
Students will preferably be placed in CPA and/or APA accredited residency programs or the equivalent.