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Whereas individual practitioners of psychology are licensed, training programmes in professional psychology can be accredited. The CPA accredits such training programmes but the CPA does not accredit, register, license, or certify individuals to practice psychology in Canada. The latter mandate falls under the purview of the provincial regulatory bodies ( Click here to obtain ).

It is the doctoral or internship programme (not its students) that must voluntarily apply for and undergo accreditation. A student can claim to have graduated from an accredited programme, if the programme was accredited at the time of the student’s graduation.

Although graduation from an accredited doctoral programme is not a requirement for registration as a psychologist or always a requirement of employers, it can be an advantage. Applicants for registration or licensure who have graduated from accredited programmes often receive ‘fast-track’ credential reviews by regulatory bodies. Furthermore, accredited programmes are encouraged to hire faculty and staff who themselves have graduated from either a CPA- or APA-accredited programme.

Please review the lists below to see which universities have accredited doctoral programmes in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, counselling psychology and school psychology; and which institutions have accredited doctoral internship programmes in clinical psychology, counselling psychology and clinical neuropsychology.

Note that if a programme is not listed here, it is not currently accredited by the CPA. As well, the CPA does not accredit any Master’s-level programmes.

This list is updated twice per year, typically in November and May, following each Accreditation Panel meeting.

DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Doctoral programmes in clinical neuropsychology, doctoral programmes in counselling psychology, doctoral programmes in school psychology, doctoral internship programmes in clinical psychology, doctoral internship programmes in counselling psychology, doctoral internship programmes in clinical neuropsychology, doctoral internship programmes in school psychology.

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University of Alberta Psychology Degree Program

School Description:

We have approximately 35 academic staff, 15 emeritus professors, 3 adjunct professors, 22 sessional lecturers, 17 support staff, 64 graduate students and 3 post-doctoral students. We have 1300 undergraduate majors and 650 undergraduate minors.

The department offers a diverse education to both our undergraduate and graduate populations with 60 different undergraduate courses and a wide variety of graduate courses. We offer over 100 courses each year covering foundational material as well as current and emerging topics.

Research in the department is funded by provincial, national and international grant agencies such as NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, CFI, AB INGENUITY, NIH, AHFMR/AIHS and ACCFCR. Approximately 3.2 million dollars in research funding is currently awarded to members of the department.

Undergraduate Program Description

You will find information about our  programs , a listing of  courses ,  awards  psychology students can apply for, and information about  student groups  for psychology students. You’ll be able to download  forms  you may need and find out who to  contact  if you have questions about the undergraduate program (please complete our “ request for advising ” form). If you are a student in PSYCO 104 or 105, you’ll be able to find information and access the  research participation component of your class from here.

Career Opportunities

When you complete a degree in an area such as Engineering, Education, or Nursing you have the credentials to be hired in that field. An undergraduate degree in Psychology does not allow you to enter the work force as a psychologist – that requires further training beyond an undergraduate degree. About 90% of the people who graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology do not go on to graduate school (Master’s and Doctorate level studies). So what can you do with an undergraduate degree in Psychology? Understanding how people think and react can be useful in everything from business, management and education to the public sector service, sales and marketing. In addition, you develop strong research and teamworking skills, presentation and communication skills, and skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis. A degree in Psychology is a springboard for many career paths including:

Depending on how you decide to market and package your skills, the possibilities are endless.

Graduate Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the grad program in Psychology at the University of Alberta. We offer MA, MSc, and PhD degrees, with specializations in five research areas :

  • Behaviour, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Comparative Cognition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Science
  • Social and Cultural Psychology

The goal of the program is to train competent and independent researchers who will make significant contributions to the discipline of psychology in any of these areas. The program entails early and sustained involvement in research through apprenticeship-style training by a vigorous world-class faculty. Our  alumni  have successful positions in universities and colleges, branches of government, and industry.

We invite you to browse our web pages to learn more about our program. Our online  brochure  will help you get started.

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Graduate Studies in Psychology (MA/MSc/PhD)

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Within the Department of Psychology these include:

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology
  • Master of Arts ( MA ) in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought
  • Doctor of Philosophy ( PhD ) in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Evolution and Behaviour

Looking to become a Registered Psychologist or Counsellor ? Please reach out to the Faculty of Education .

Faculty at the University of Lethbridge hold wide-ranging areas of expertise, and we invite you to explore these opportunities further:

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To find out more about Graduate Studies opportunities, please contact the School of Graduate Studies  directly.

Co-operative Education Option The Co-operative Education/Internship Option is available to students for the Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) programs. Co-operative education is an educational model that formally integrates academic study at the master’s level with relevant, paid work experience in appropriate employment fields such as government, institutions, and industry. The University, the employer, and the student are in partnership to ensure an enriching experience toward the student's professional development.

Further information or to add the Co-op option to your graduate degree may be obtained from the Faculty of Arts and Science Office of Career Bridge (Co-operative Education): AH151; tel. 403.329.2000; email or via the Co-op website .

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How to become a psychologist

How to become a clinical psychologist

Careers Published 5 Jun, 2024  ·  5-minute read

Imagine a career where every day involves exploring the human mind, connecting deeply with others, and guiding them towards healing and growth.

In the world of clinical psychology, this isn't just a dream – it's your reality. But where do you start? How do you become a clinical psychologist, and what exactly does it entail?

To shed light on this journey, let's hear from Sarah Lee, a registered clinical psychologist, UQ Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) and Master of Clinical Psychology graduate, and current PhD candidate.

What is a clinical psychologist?

A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional trained to assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of psychological disorders and emotional difficulties. They use evidence-based therapies and interventions to help individuals overcome challenges, improve their mental wellbeing, and enhance their overall quality of life.

Following my passion to become a clinical psychologist

A career in clinical psychology was a no-brainer for me. I find myself inclined and curious about people’s stories and how they come to be who they are. From a young age, I knew I wanted to work with people; however, the path didn't become clear until much later in life.

Psychology was one of those subjects I looked forward to learning more and more. It felt like something I could never stop learning about – that challenged me and intrigued me. It felt like something I could see myself doing for a long time, perhaps in varied roles.

Clinical psychologist Sarah Lee

A career in psychology felt like it would always be interesting. It felt like it would be self-sustaining, and that was important to me. I had to love what I was doing, and the fact that I could also help others while engaging in something I truly enjoy felt like a good fit.

Passion in practice

I am most passionate about 2 things:

  • Firstly, I am deeply interested in the impact of attachment theory on creating a kinder, more compassionate world. By understanding that humans inherently strive to connect and cope in the best ways they can, we can approach others with curiosity and compassion, especially when their behaviour doesn’t resonate with us.
  • Secondly, I am passionate about exploring the connections between complex trauma and attachment in autistic individuals. I am fascinated by how these relationships develop, evolve and manifest both behaviourally and emotionally.

Embracing the role of clinical psychologist

As a clinical psychologist in private practice, I work with a diverse range of clients, including neurodivergent individuals and those with a background of complex trauma. I enjoy guiding individuals and couples as they embark on a journey towards self-discovery and healing. Providing a safe space for exploration and reconnection with themselves and loved ones brings me immense joy and fulfilment.

My daily responsibilities encompass both face-to-face client interactions and behind-the-scenes tasks. While client sessions are crucial, there's also significant time dedicated to formulation, preparation, clinical supervision, and documentation. Continuous professional development is essential in staying updated with the latest advancements in the field and enhancing skills.

In addition to my clinical practice, I am pursuing a PhD in parenting within autistic families. Balancing research with clinical work allows me to maintain a holistic perspective and stay grounded in the scientist-practitioner model, enriching both my intellectual curiosity and practical skills.

Rewards and challenges

For me, the most rewarding moments as a clinical psychologist happen in session. The moments where I connect with my clients in our common humanity is what makes this job worthwhile for me.

I also find that I grow as a person and as a psychologist alongside my clients many a time. It’s a gift that keeps on giving – that is, if you have the necessary boundaries and self-care, which leads me to the challenges of the job.

One of my challenges was navigating self-care and boundaries to prevent burnout. I’m much better at this now than I was when I first started. After all, most of us are attracted to this vocation because we want to help others. I had to learn the hard way that, to help effectively, I too need to look after myself to prevent burnout and work through some of my own feelings around putting down boundaries. Navigating and sitting with our own challenging feelings and thoughts is very much part of the role.

Qualities for success

Compassion, self-reflection and self-awareness are essential qualities for success in this profession.

Success, to me, means finding joy in my work and continually striving for improvement. Compassion is vital as it fosters a genuine desire to help others. Self-reflection and self-awareness are equally crucial, considering the unique interpersonal dynamics of our work.

As psychologists, we influence change in our clients through our own experiences, biases and assumptions. Acknowledging and understanding these factors allows us to relate to clients authentically and effectively.

"By embracing our humanity and actively practising self-awareness, we can cultivate a more mindful and impactful therapeutic approach."

Becoming a clinical psychologist: my education journey

My journey through education to become a clinical psychologist followed a postgraduate coursework pathway.

It began with completing a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) , graduating with first-class honours. Following this, I pursued a Master of Clinical Psychology while also gaining practical experience in related fields.

Following graduation, I transitioned into working as a general psychologist while completing an additional 2 years of full-time supervised practice to attain endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

In Australia, obtaining the title of psychologist requires undergraduate and postgraduate studies in psychology to obtain registration.

For undergraduate psychology studies at UQ, options include:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts  ( Psychology major )
  • Bachelor of Science  ( Psychology major )

Postgraduate clinical psychology program options include:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology  

Advice for aspiring clinical psychologists

If this vocation is what you’re drawn to – follow your heart! I had so many doubts creep up along the way... “Will I be good enough?”, “Will I still like it when I get there?”, but there was also a voice within that kept me going.

The journey ahead can and will feel daunting, but being someone who has gone through it, it is worth it in the end. It will change you.

While you can’t really give being a clinical psychologist a go before you’re there, I’d encourage some work experience in a somewhat related field (e.g. some phone counselling roles or support work). Often the skills you learn in these roles are transferable and remain invaluable when you do become a clinical psychologist. They also give you a feel for whether being in a role like that might be something you can see yourself in.

Want to learn more about what your journey to becoming a clinical psychologist will involve? Read our studying psychology FAQs .

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