Doctoral Program

Program Description

Please review the Program Brochure for an overview of the program goals and outcomes, program funding sources, and information regarding program faculty members.

The Doctoral Program in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta has been Accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (Office of Accreditation, CPA, 141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5J3) since 2001. The Program’s present term of Accreditation goes until the academic year 2018-2019. The Program is based on the scientist-practitioner model and is dedicated to training leaders of the profession through pursuing disciplined inquiry, understanding and respecting human diversity, and developing, using and evaluating effective counselling practices. Scientist-practitioners engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research and routinely monitor their own counselling effectiveness.

Counselling Psychology is a helping profession devoted to preventing, remediating and ameliorating emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal difficulties as well as enhancing human potential and quality of life. These aims are achieved through the integration of science with practice and the development of awareness and skills to work with diverse populations from individual, social and organizational perspectives.

The objectives of the program are: (1) development, application and evaluation of counselling practices; (2) promotion of ethical behavior; (3) understanding of and respect for human diversity; and (4) coverage of the broad field of psychology. These objectives are accomplished via courses and practica supervised by professional psychologists in university and community settings. The program operates from an integrative theoretical orientation whereby students are exposed to a wide variety of counselling approaches.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Doctoral Program in Counselling Psychology must have:

1. obtained a four-year baccalaureate degree in psychology or its equivalent
2. obtained a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology or equivalent
3. successful completion of at least one half-year graduate course, or a two-semester (or two, one-semester) senior undergraduate course in:
• Biological bases of behaviour (e.g., physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology)
• Cognitive-affective bases of behaviour (e.g., learning, sensation, perception, cognition, thinking, motivation, emotion)
• Social basis of behaviour (e.g., social psychology; cultural, ethnic, and group processes; sex roles; organizational and systems theory)
• Individual behaviour (e.g., personality theory, human development, individual differences, abnormal psychology)
4. successful completion of at least one half-year graduate course in:
• scientific and professional ethics and standards
• research methods
• systems of counselling
• statistics
5. acquired graduate training in:
• psychological assessment
• group counselling
• individual counselling
• cross-cultural counselling
6. statement of intent

Exceptional applicants, on the basis of previous academic record, academic background in area of interest, relevant experience, letters of recommendation, and statement of intent, who do not meet all of criteria 3, 4 or 5 above may be admitted into the Program on the condition that they complete courses to address any deficiencies in addition to the required courses listed below. The additional courses they would have to take would then become co-requisites for their doctoral program.

Program Requirements

The Doctoral Program in Counselling Psychology consists of the following courses:  

(P) indicates a practicum course, * indicates number of credits per course

Year 3 (Ph.D.)  (Year 1 and 2 completed at the Masters Level)

  • EDPY 615   Program Evaluation *3
  • EDPY 632   History and Systems of Psychology *3
  • EDPY 633   Advanced Counselling Practicum I (P) *3
  • EDPY 634   Advanced Counselling Practicum  II (P) *3
  • One Doctoral Research Course *
  • Option *3

Year 4 (Ph.D.)

  • Candidacy Examination
  • THE 90x   Thesis Research *Variable Credit

Year 5 (Ph.D.)

  • EDPY 630   Counselling Psychology Internship *6
  • THE 919   Thesis Research *9

Year 6 (Ph.D.)

  • THE 919   Completion of Thesis Research *9

Students are therefore expected to complete a minimum of three academic years of full-time, resident graduate study and one year of internship. The average length of time to complete the doctoral program is 6.0 years, ranging from 4—11 years.

Before the end of their program, students must complete the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Ethics Training Requirement, which is an on-line learning module available on the FGSR website at the University of Alberta. Students must submit the printout of successful completion of this requirement that is provided upon reaching the end of the online module and test to the department Graduate Records Administrator for their student files.

Internship

Students in the Doctoral Program in Counselling Psychology must successfully complete a 1600-hour internship accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association or equivalent. Students are expected to participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) matching process. Prior to applying for internship, students must complete all required coursework and their doctoral candidacy exam. Students are encouraged to have at least collected their dissertation data prior to commencing the internship. Students seeking to apply to a non-accredited internship must submit a training plan detailing how the proposed placement meets the program’s equivalency standards and have the written approval of the Internship Coordinator.

The table below describes the applicant pool, acceptance rates, composition, and the average GPA of the students enrolled in the doctoral Counselling program for the past five years.


 

 

 

2012-2013

 

 

2013-2014

 

 

2014-2015

 

2015-2016

2016-2017

Applicant Pool

 

 23

 23

 11

 24

 27

Gender

female

 19

 18

 8

 19

 19

 

male

 4

 5

 3

 5

 8

Accepted offers into Program

 

 7

 5

 6

 7

 7

Gender

female

6

5

4

5

6

 

male

 1

 0

 2

 2

 1

Age

range

25-46

25-33

25-35

24-29

26-43

 

average

 31

 27

 28

 26

 33

GPA

average

 3.8

 3.9

 3.6

 3.9

 3.8

 

• In the past 7 years, 1 student has failed to complete the Doctoral Program in Counselling Psychology
• In the past 7 years, 42 of 43 graduates have successfully become registered/licensed psychologists


General Application Information

Counselling Psychology Student Handbook

MEd Supplementary Application Form 

PhD Supplementary Application Form  

How To Apply

Program Deadlines

General Admission Requirements & Criteria

Graduate Student Services 

Please direct admissions questions, program inquiries, etc., to edpygrad@ualberta.ca

Director of Training

Dr. Derek Truscott
derek.truscott@ualberta.ca

Program Coordinator

Dr. Jessica Van Vliet
jvanvliet@ualberta.ca

Program Staff

Dr. Bill Hanson
Dr. Denise Larsen
Dr. Noorfarah Merali
Dr. Rebecca Hudson Breen
Dr. Phillip Sevigny
Dr. Derek Truscott
Dr. Jessica Van Vliet
Dr. Bill Whelton
Dr. Sophie Yohani

Clinical Supervisor

Dr.Kevin Wallace


*Please note that when selecting an academic supervisor, you may visit the Faculty page to view all our professors to find a suitable match for your research interests.