Overview of the Clinical Curriculum

In order to meet the objectives of the clinical program, students are expected to obtain advanced understanding of the core knowledge domains of adult and child clinical psychology, acquire clinical skills in psychological assessment and intervention, and develop recognized expertise in psychological research. To achieve these goals, the MA/PhD clinical program consists of 51 credit hours of academic course work, research activities, a comprehensive examination, clinical practica, and internship.

The following courses and other requirements must be satisfied for the PhD degree in Clinical Psychology:

  • Ethics and Professional Issues
    • Psyc 6101 Ethical Standards (1.5 CH)
    • Psyc 6102 Professional and Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology (1.5 CH)
  • Research Methodology
    • Psyc 6001 Statistics and Design I (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6002 Statistics and Design II (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6003 Multivariate Statistics (3 CH) or Psyc 6004 Qualitative Research Methods (3 CH)
  • Psychological Assessment/Psychopathology
    • Psyc 6202 Lifespan Psychopathology (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6211 Assessment Skills with Children and Adolescents (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6212 Assessment Skills with Adults (3 CH)
  • Psychological Interventions/Evidence-Based Practice
    • Systems of Psychotherapy (0 CH)a
    • Psyc 6311 Therapy Skills with Adults (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6312 Basic Therapy Skills with Children (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6405 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6408 Evidence-Based Practice (3 CH)
  • Clinical Seminar
    • Psyc 6406 Clinical Seminar I (3 CH)
  • General/Experimental Psychology
    • History of Psychology (0 CH)b
    • Biological Bases of Behaviour (3 CH)c
    • Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behaviour (3 CH) c
    • Social Bases of Behaviour (3 CH)c
  • Research Experience
    • Psyc 6521 Master’s Research Apprenticeship (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6522 PhD Research Apprenticeship (3 CH)
    • Psyc 6998 Dissertation (0 CH)
  • Practica and Internship training
    • Psyc 6631 Assessment Practicum  (0 CH)
    • Psyc 6632 Intervention Practicum (0 CH)
    • Psyc 6633 Clinical Supervision Practicum (0 CH)
    • Psyc 6634 Advanced Practicum (0 CH)
    • Psyc 6624 Predoctoral Clinical Internship (0 CH)
  • Comprehensive Exam
    • Psyc 6525 Clinical Comprehensive Examination (3 CH)

 

aStudent must demonstrate knowledge of systems of psychotherapy through undergraduate coursework or by completion of assigned readings in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training (DCT).

bStudent must obtain a B+ or greater in a three credit hour one semester undergraduate course. Students entering the clinical program without an undergraduate History of Psychology course must take a course in this subject matter to fulfill this program requirement.

cThese three core content areas (outside seminars) can each be satisfied either by one three-credit graduate course or two three-credit advanced undergraduate courses; however, two of the three content areas must be fulfilled at the graduate level. The DCT, in consultation with relevant faculty, will determine which undergraduate courses on a student’s transcript will be used to fulfill one content area. The content areas include (1) Biological Bases of Behaviour (e.g., physiological psychology, perception, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology); (2) Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behaviour (e.g., learning, cognition, motivation); and (3) Social Bases of Behaviour (e.g., social psychology; cultural psychology; group processes; sex roles; organizational psychology).

To help students plan and monitor the completion of their program requirements, a “Clinical Psychology Program Requirements Student Completion Record” form is provided to students during their first term in the program; it is also available on the Psychology Department website.

 

Clinical students will receive four types of instruction or training in this program:

  1. Academic Seminars - most of these courses take the traditional academic seminar format with reading lists, student presentations, and papers or examinations; other courses use a problem-based learning format. 
  2. Clinical Skills Training - these courses offer direct clinical skills training to students using a performance-based approach and are designated by the term “skills” in the course title. Skills courses are taught by full-time clinical faculty or clinical associates, all of whom are licensed with the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick. Students can acquire practicum hours from their participation in a clinical skills course.
  3. Independent Study - these course designations are for independent projects that students undertake usually with the supervision or consultation of a faculty member (e.g., research projects, co-teaching apprenticeship).
  4. Clinical Training Experiences – During the first three years of the program, students are continuously engaged in clinical training at the Psychological Wellness Centre (see Practicum Policy Manual for further details) where they will complete practica in Assessment, Intervention, and Supervision. Subsequently, students are required to complete an external practicum in the community. Overall, students will acquire a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum training. All clinical students are also required to complete a one year, full-time predoctoral internship at a CPA-accredited site.