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Doctoral Psychology Externship Training

Applying what you’ve learned at a clinical pscyhology placement.

This document provides doctoral candidates with an introduction to procedures and requirements pertaining to clinical placements outside the program, also known as externships.

The doctoral program trains clinical psychologists who are competent to work with patients from diverse backgrounds across the lifespan, and with different presenting mental health problems and adjustments to life situations. This involves providing a broad academic, clinical and research training that builds on the strengths trainees bring with them, and on skills acquired while progressing through the program. Ultimately, the program aims to equip trainees with the core competencies and skills deemed necessary for practice as a clinical psychologist.

Externships are an essential part of this training regimen. Placements give trainees exposure to a range of clinical problems in different settings with a variety of assessment and therapeutic approaches and in an increasingly complex and intensive manner. During the placements, trainees are expected to learn to make theory-practice links and apply the knowledge learned in the course of academic teaching.

Requirements for Externship Training

Trainees are required to complete two external clinical placements.

General Considerations

Ordinarily, students will not undertake externship training in their place of employment. If requesting to do so, approval of the Director of Placements is required, and exceptions to the program’s policy will be considered on an individual basis.

Students will enter training hours into their respective clinical logs, also known as “Tracking Hours.” These hours must be logged in real time to be verified by the Director. This is a continuation of the procedure students adopted in the first year when they conducted intake interviews in the program’s training clinic.

Legal contracts, known as Affiliation Agreements, between the University and all externship sites are executed for the protection of all parties. Accordingly and as required by training sites, the University maintains professional liability coverage for all students engaged in clinical training activities.

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