Applied Sequence - Year Two for full-time students (12 courses - 28 credits)
Trimester IV - 4 courses / 10 Mpsy required credits
Trimester V - 4 courses / 9 MPsy required credits
Trimester VI - 4 courses / 9 Mpsy required credits
Plus: Colloquia, and three capstones: exam, practicum, and MRP or thesis
IP-661/2/3 Practicum Seminar I/II/III
(2 credits, 24 hours each; 6 credits, 72 hours total; co-requisite: NT-651/2/3 Practicum)
Practicum Seminars run concurrently with student practicum placements and meet on a regular basis in a small group format. They provide experienced faculty with the opportunity to guide the on-going development of the student’s “safe and effective use of self”. Students present and critique clinical case material through methods such as audio and/or video recordings and receive peer consultation as well as sound clinical instruction and developmental supervision necessary for enhancement of professional skills and knowledge.
NT-651/2/3 Practicum I, II, III
(3 credits each, 9 credits total; 300 hours each, 900 hours total including 75 hours direct client contact each, or 225 hours total, and 15 hours supervision each, or 45 hours total; prerequisites: Successful Readiness for Practicum Interview and advancement to Applied Sequence)
This series of three field placements provides opportunities for the psychology student to gain practical experience in competencies that meet their professional goals. Under the guidance of their Practicum Portfolio Faculty Mentor/Advisor in their first trimester, they are introduced to the Psychology Practicum Handbook. By their second trimester, they are expected to have developed a Practicum Portfolio to support their application to placement settings following a successful Practicum Readiness Interview with the Director of Clinical Training and their Faculty Mentor/Advisor. Once a site has been identified, the student has applied and been accepted, and the practicum experience has been approved by the Director of Clinical Training, placement begins at the beginning of Applied Sequence (fourth trimester for full-time students). Placements are in a psychology or related mental health setting under the supervision of a qualified member of the College of Psychology. Students should expect to attend one full day per week at the practicum site, although some sites may allow half-days or evenings. Each practicum consists of 300 hours including 15 hours of supervision and 75 hours of direct client contact. Remaining hours consist of report writing, research and reading, and attending and/or presenting at conferences or rounds, as directed by the student’s primary Supervisor. The Supervisor observes and assesses students against a standard of “competent” in all six MPsy program learning objectives: Interpersonal Relationships (IP); Assessment and Evaluation (AS); Intervention (NT); Research (RC); Ethics and Standards (EH); Diagnosis (DG).
RC-671/2/3 MRP/Thesis Seminars I, II, III
(2 credits each, 6 total; 24 hours each including 12 hours seminar & 12 hours consultation with
MRP/Thesis Committee, 72 hours total; prerequisite: advancement to Applied Sequence)
In this series, students meet in an ongoing Seminar that supports their completion of a project that follows the MPsy Major Research Project/Thesis Handbook, demonstrates their ability to work at the forefront of the profession of clinical or counselling psychology, and prepares Capstone 3 to their master’s preparation.
During IP-503 Portfolio Seminar and their research classes, Base Sequence students are encouraged to explore possible topics for their MRP or Thesis and to identify potential Committee members. Upon Advancement to Applied Sequence and in consultation with the MRP/Thesis Seminar Director in RC-671, students select an MRP/Thesis Committee consisting of a Supervisor and a Reader, at least one of whom must be a member of the Faculty of Psychology (who serves as Chair of the Committee). One member may be an external subject matter expert. Students select a project that shows originality in the application of knowledge and an understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through a combination of research and practice. The Committee oversees the student’s selection of topic, literature review, timeline, and preparation of a Proposal. The project may be a Thesis involving qualitative or quantitative research leading to an original contribution to the field of professional psychology that is of publishable quality, if approved by the Committee. The Committee will examine the Proposal for criteria outlined in the Handbook and require a Human Subjects Research Review by the Research Review Board (RRB), if appropriate. Upon successful completion of these steps the MRP/Thesis Seminar Director submits a grade of at least “pass” for Course RC-671, thus advancing the student to RC-672. During Course RC-672, once all necessary RRB and other approvals have been received, the student schedules a Proposal Review with the MRP/Thesis Committee at which the student will summarize plans and timeline for the Project or Thesis. Based on the written Proposal, including a literature review, and fulfilment of agreed-upon timelines for data gathering or further literature review, the Committee will decide whether to convey to the MRP/Thesis Seminar Director its approval for completion of the proposed project or thesis. Upon approval, the MRP/Thesis Seminar Director submits a grade of at least “pass” for Course RC-672, thus advancing the student to RC-673.
Course RC-673 is dedicated to supporting the student to complete the Major Research Project or Thesis, as guided by her or his Committee. Once the project or thesis has been submitted to the Committee for final evaluation, the student has successfully defended the project or thesis in a public meeting with the Committee, and the Committee has assessed and approved the project or thesis at a minimum standard of “pass”, the MRP/Thesis Seminar Director submits a grade of at least “pass” for Course RC-673. The student may then complete requirements for Capstone 3.
IP-661 Practicum Seminar I
(2 credits,co-requisite: NT-651 Practicum)
NT-651 Practicum I
(3 credits, prerequisite: Successful Readiness for Practicum Interview and advancement to Applied Sequence)
IP-525 Introduction to Neuropsychology
(2 credits, 24 hours; prerequisite: TQ-422 Introduction to Brain & Behaviour or TQ-427 Overview of Brain & Behaviour or equivalent within past 5 years)
This course is designed as an introduction to basic topics in human neuropsychology. The course introduces basic neuroanatomy, neuroembriology and neurochemistry. We then review clinical and empirical research concerning damage to the central nervous system affecting various cognitive processes that include language, attention, memory, visual-spatial functioning, problem solving, emotion, and consciousness. Classroom discussions and lectures utilize both empirical and clinical case materials.
RC-671/2/3 MRP/Thesis Seminars I
(2 credits, prerequisite: advancement to Applied Sequence)
IP-662 Practicum Seminar II
(2 credits, pre-requisite: IP-661, co-requisite: NT-652)
NT-652 Practicum II
(3 credits, prerequisite: NT-651)
DG-543 Psychodiagnostic Case Conceptualization
(3 credits, 30 hours plus 6 hours of Portfolio integration; prerequisite: DG-542, AS-533, NT-522)
The shift from using the term “case formulation” to the current “case conceptualization” accompanies the growing accountability demanded of psychologists, the increased role of empiricism in psychotherapy, and the shift in diagnostic manuals from etiological to descriptive that presents elaborate descriptions of disorders with little or nothing to say about their causes, precipitants, maintaining influences, or treatments, not to mention the psychosocial, interpersonal, or cultural factors involved. In providing a structure to hypothesize about these factors, case conceptualization as taught in this course draws upon available theory, science, and clinical experience to fill the gap between diagnosis and treatment and to promote ongoing integration of evaluation and lessons learned in order to enhance practitioner reflection, future practice, and ongoing development. Using a case-based learning approach (also known as problem-based or project-based) and biopsychosocial systems metatheory that incorporates common elements drawn from major psychotherapy modalities, students will work in teams to investigate, propose, and share an integrative case conceptualization model for cases involving adults.
RC-672 MRP/Thesis Seminars II
(2 credits, pre-requisite RC-671)
IP-663 Practicum Seminar III
(2 credits, pre-requisite: IP-662, co-requisite: NT-653)
NT-653 Practicum III
(3 credits, prerequisite: NT-652)
(2 credits, 24 hours; Prerequisites: IP-524, DG-541, DG-542)
Description: This course is designed to provide a foundation in psychopharmacology for non-medical healthcare practitioners. Lectures and discussions will address the art and science of psychopharmacology and the relevance of psychotropic medications in clinical practice. Students will be introduced to basic concepts of pharmacology including mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and metabolism. Topics include how drugs affects mood and behavior including medications used in the treatment of psychiatric illness, illicit drugs use and herbal remedies. Students will be expected to recognize the major classes of psychoactive drugs and their effects.
RC-673 MRP/Thesis Seminars III
(2 credits, pre-requisite RC-672)
A minimum of 9 elective credits in total is required for graduation. Students select elective courses based on their career goals and their intention to develop specialized interests. For example, they may choose to earn a Certificate in Adlerian or in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, to take the Psychological Assessment Certificate in order to pursue the practice area of School Psychology. Others may choose electives to familiarize themselves with a variety of psychotherapy, assessment, or practice areas in psychology.