GP-500 Colloquia (0 credits, 1 6-hour day per trimester as scheduled)
The hours dedicated to the Colloquium are part of the credit hours students for each trimester 
and are a requirement for graduation. It provides the chance to integrate material from the various 
courses students take. Faculty considers this very important, as we want to guard against "silo 
learning," where you students take course A without seeing its relationship to course B, etc. In an 
Master of Psychology degree, integration is necessary, as all your knowledge, skills, experience, and 
attitudes must come together in practice. Each colloquium is organized, arranged, and conceived by students based on what would be most useful in their learning. Students’ deliberations on the topics and formats of the colloquia will be facilitated by the professors in MPS-501/2/3/4 Portfolio Seminars, in MPS-570 MRP/Thesis Seminars, and your MPS-660 Practicum Seminars.

IP-510 Professional Development I: Motivation and Values (2 credits)
This 4-day intensive course is an introduction to neural, cognitive, emotional, and social factors in motivation and change as a foundation for the developing psychologist or psychotherapist. It extends and applies undergraduate foundational knowledge of cognitive-affective bases of behaviour. A general introduction to the common factors that evidence has shown to be associated with positive psychotherapy outcome will be followed by a focus on therapist factors. This approach will serve as an integrative foundation throughout the program. Students will engage in experiential exercises to begin a process of identifying motivating values or highest-level goals. They will identify their own “strengths and virtues” relevant to their career aspirations. They will relate their own experiences to cognitive-affective theories and research. Graduating M.Psy students will return to the class to share professional and personal learning as part of their Master Qualifying Examination.

IP501, 502 & 503- Portfolio Seminars (0 credits, 10 hours per trimester):
This three-trimester series of courses provides collegial opportunities in a small group setting led by a faculty mentor-advisor. Activities will focus on the development of students’ self and self-and-other strengths related to professional goals, preparation for practicum, choice examination of educational and other experiences supporting their strengths and aspirations, identification of research interests, practice in collaboration, and completion of the Learning Portfolio due during the last trimester of Base Year(s).

IP-599 Advanced to Applied Sequence

NT-598 Practicum Readiness Interview (0 credits). Occurs at the end of first or beginning of second trimester of Base Sequence


First Trimester

(Pre-req) TQ-422: Brain & Behaviour (3 TQ credits)

NT-511 Interviewing and Alliance (2 credits)
Skills taught in this course will serve as an integrative foundation throughout the program. Role-play, peer coaching, and experiential exercises will underline the importance of self-knowledge for maintaining patterns of self-care and the need to assess and establish an interpersonal and intrapersonal resource base for effective provision of psychotherapy. Students will learn basic interviewing skills through exercises including focusing, following, attending, paraphrasing, open questioning, and reflecting; and to advanced skills, including immediacy, bridging, discrepancy resolution, information giving, summarizing, closure, and repairing the therapeutic alliance. Students observe live or videotaped examples of a therapist working with a client. In three-person groups, students practice interviewing and rapport-building skills and elicit information for a Mental Status Examination

IP-521 History & Systems of Personality and Psychotherapy (2 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive and in-depth survey and critique of the various methods, principles, and theories of modern and contemporary psychology as applied to the study and understanding of human development, personality, adjustment, psychopathology, and therapeutic interventions. Primary emphasis will be on the major areas of general psychological theory and personality development in the psychoanalytic, behavioural, humanistic, systems, and cognitive traditions offering a critique of the various theories, methods, and therapeutic models with precursors to psychopathology and adjustment. The various systems and paradigms that have historically emerged and continue to influence contemporary approaches and practices will be systematically and philosophically explored

IP-524 Social Equality: Human & Cultural Diversity (2 credits) 
This course is a response to the increasing need for psychotherapists to exhibit knowledge, behavior, and attitudes that are respectful and effective in the diverse and complex environments in which they are immersed. Designed to meet College of Registered Psychotherapists Competency 1.5 “Integrate knowledge of human and cultural diversity in relation to psychotherapy practice”.(

AS-531 Fundamentals of Psychometric Assessment (3 credits including 6-hour lab)
This course builds on the student’s understanding of basic statistics in order to apply the principles to psychometric methods. Topics include the construction and standardization of tests, the importance of reliability and validity, the administration of objective tests and measurements, an overview of strengths/weaknesses of various measures, an introduction to types and principles of test selection, the role of the test administrator, and diversity issues in the administration, scoring, results, and reporting of psychometric measures. Students will practice administering, scoring, and reporting on selected instruments in preparation for level C competency qualification.

RC-574 Quantitative Analysis (1 credit)


Second Trimester

EH-512 Professional Development III: Ethics & the Law (3 credits)
The course will cover the two main factors governing the activities of health professionals practicing in Ontario. The first factor is the standards of professional conduct which have been established by law and which are enforced by licensing bodies. The second factor is comprised of the codes of ethics created by professional associations. The students will participate in activities designed to ensure that they will be able to use these two factors in their professional practice so they deliver the highest quality service to their clients/patients. Topics include ethical standards, privacy, confidentiality, credentialing, mental health codes and legislation, certification and licensure, professional organizations, and insurance in various settings such as hospitals, clinics, private practice, schools, business and industry, government, and community.

EH-522 Transtheoretic Foundations of Psychotherapy (2 credits)
This course follows Courses 500 and 511 and serves as a more thorough introduction to relationship factors important to psychotherapy outcome, as supported by neurobiological, cognitive-affective, and other evidence-based research. The course covers or reviews substantial foundational knowledge of biological bases of behaviour. Techniques of Adlerian psychotherapy will illustrate transtheoretic common factors and introduce an integrative approach to support the development of more advanced clinical skills by practitioners

IP- 525 Introduction to Neuropsychology (2 credits)

AS-532 Assessment of Intellect & Cognition (3 credits including 6-hour lab; prerequisite: MP531)
This course is designed to explore the concepts of intelligence and cognition in adults; to analyze the issues and controversies related to assessment of intellectual and cognitive functioning; to develop competency in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the WAIS III; to become familiar with other cognitive assessment approaches; and to consider the relationship of assessment to clinical practice.

DG-541 Psychopathology I: Cognitive, Psychotic, and Affective Disorders (3 credits)
This course will cover or review substantial foundational knowledge of psychology of the individual in relation to the conceptualization of mental disorders. It addresses the various cognitive, psychotic, and affective components of severe mental illness. Attention will be given to a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenology, psychodynamics, diagnostics, and clinical symptom profile of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, cognitive impairments and dementia, borderline conditions, and severe affective disorders including clinical depression, bipolar disorder, and the problem of suicide. Fundamental core competencies of conceptualization, case formulation, and the diagnostic criteria of the DSM V as compared with the DSM IV-TR classification system in relation to symptom clusters will be built.

RC-575 Quantitative Analysis II (1 credit)


Third Trimester

NT-513 Safe & Effective Use of Self in Therapy (2 credits)
The therapist’s degree of self-awareness, self-regulation and self-development has a major impact on therapeutic outcome. To enhance these abilities, students must examine their beliefs,behaviours, and blind-spots. This four-day course is divided into four topics: responding to clients’ sexual concerns; balancing your needs and your clients’ needs; the wounded helper; and identifying and escaping therapy traps. Objective: the student will meet the core competencies in the safe and effective use of self in psychotherapy and other psychological services.

AS-523 Human Developmental & Change Processes (2 credits)
This course covers substantial foundational knowledge of learning as an aspect of change, including classical and operant conditioning, the role of expectations and goals, modeling, and cognitive styles. Cognitive elements of attention, perception, and memory are reviewed. Developmental change processes are discussed, focusing on an integration of neurobiological and social factors. Advanced topics of development across the lifespan are explored through the perspective of current brain research, including contributions of nature and nurture, evolutionary biology, barriers to learning, attachment, the development of personality, positive and negative influences on individual behaviour, violence, intelligence, and happiness

AS-533 Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology (3 credits including 6-hour lab; prerequisite: MPS-532)
A variety of structured personality measures will be reviewed. The theoretical foundations will be explored, along with administration, scoring and interpretation in light of diagnostic criteria. Focus is on the application of standard personality assessments including the MMPI, MCMI, PAI, and 16PF.We will also explore the assessment of personality by way of a variety of projective technique, such asThematic Apperception Test, Rorschach, and House-Tree- Person.

DG-542 Psychopathology II: Anxiety-Based and Personality Disorders (3 credits; prereq: MPS-541)
This course will cover or review substantial foundational knowledge of psychology of the individual in relation to the conceptualization of mental disorders. Diagnostic criteria of the DSM V will be compared with the DSM IV-TR. Theories of anxiety will be reviewed in order to develop an understanding of symptoms of anxiety including panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety and phobia. Their etiology or origin in earlier developmental conflicts will be discussed, and the role developmental issues play in the formation of anxiety will be explored from various points of view. The role of accidental and structural trauma will be discussed. Symptoms of PTSD will be reviewed and explored in light of structural issues. The course will also provide an in-depth understanding of various personality disorders including clusters A B and C, in terms of self-organization, attachment, affect, and defense mechanisms. Treatment considerations will be reviewed in light of each personality structure. Formulations of anxiety will be addressed from the perspective of various personality disorders.

RC-576 Quantitative Analysis III (1 credit)

RC-571 Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry (2 credits, 24 hours; prerequisite: none)

Description: The intention of this course is to introduce practice-based researchers to the 
fundamental principles of qualitative research, including learners interested in carrying out 
rigorous and relevant qualitative research. We will explore a variety of methodologies that enable 
researchers to investigate particular situations, circumstances, groups and individuals using a 
variety of questions and approaches. Such approaches will include ethnography, grounded theory, 
case study, narrative, phenomenological, and participatory action research, as well as feminist, 
race-based and decolonizing methods. We will also explore how relationships of power and privilege 
influence research undertakings, and discuss ethical considerations in research. In this course, 
students will also design a qualitative research proposal using one or more qualitative 
methodologies discussed  in class. The course is intended to provide concepts, tools, practice, and 
experience to support
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