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 Clinical & Counselling Psychology (PhD)
SchoolUniversity of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - Graduate Studies
LocationToronto, ON, Canada
School TypeTeaching/Education
School SizeFull-time Graduate: 202
Length5 Year(s)
Entry Grade (%)*
Prerequisites NotesMinimum Admission Requirements: Full-time PhD in Counselling Psychology requires an appropriate bachelor’s degree in psychology or any appropriate bachelor’s degree that would contain the psychology requirement equivalent (defined as 6.0 FCEs in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCEs at the third- and fourth-year levels), with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year. A University of Toronto MA degree with specialization in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a grade of A- or better, or its equivalent. Flexible-Time PhD : Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time PhD should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.
International: $33,110
DescriptionThe principal emphasis in this degree program is on the development of research and theoretical knowledge in counselling psychology, assessment skills, and knowledge and training in professional issues. Students are expected to carry out advanced research as well as to develop professional knowledge and skills in counselling psychology.
The scholarly context in which training takes place provides the unique character of the program. Within the course work, students are encouraged to think critically about dominant paradigms within psychology, the medical model of mental illness and traditional therapeutic approaches. They are encouraged to consider the social context of human problems and to consider the many ways in which privilege and power and the lack thereof contribute to an individual’s psychological well being.

Graduates of this degree program will be prepared to assume a variety of positions in psychological practice and research in schools and universities, in community settings, in agencies offering psychological services, and in university or college counselling centres. Students must plan their program of study according to the current Guidelines for Counselling Psychology Program. Faculty supervisors will assist in this process. Five areas of essential course content for a professional training program in counselling psychology are: counselling and psychotherapy, psychological measurement and statistics, advanced research methods, history and systems, ethics and professional issues.
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