Limited space available 
for Fall 2020. Apply today.

Limited space available
for Fall 2020. Apply today.

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program Highlights

  • Train to be an expert clinician and scholar committed to socially responsible practice.
  • Earn your degree in five years of full-time study.
  • Learn from small, collaborative classes and gain extensive experience in the field.
  • Create social change and engage communities through Adler’s Social Justice Practicum.
  • As of August 2017, the PsyD program is authorized for a new five-year term by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training of British Columbia.

Our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program prepares students to be professional clinicians who empower individuals and address acute and chronic social justice issues that plague our society. Our graduates are courageous practitioners who think outside the box to improve well-being and foster positive change.

Our trailblazing Vancouver program reflects the rigorous scholar-practitioner model developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology and parallels our Chicago campus curriculum accredited by the American Psychological Association. Approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education, it is designed to meet the curricular requirements of most provincial and state licensing and registration bodies.

We offer a mission-driven curriculum that blends four years of coursework, practicum experiences, and dissertation with a one-year, full-time internship in the fifth-year. Passionate about training Canada’s next generation of doctoral-level practitioners, our expert faculty offer personalized mentorship and career guidance.

Adler University is recognized as a pioneer in graduate education for our innovative training focused on the broader social and systemic factors that contribute to human dysfunction—and our commitment to challenging the status quo.


Our program is designed to prepare clinicians to work with diverse populations, including children, adults, seniors, those with developmental disabilities, and the severely and chronically mentally ill. Our graduates will serve as clinicians in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Clinics and outpatient care centres
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Substance abuse and drug treatment centres
  • Schools
  • Military organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Academia
  • Private practice

Applicants are encouraged to consult the registration requirements of the jurisdiction in which they hope to become licensed or registered to confirm our program meets their specific jurisdiction’s guidelines.

Professional Development & Training

Train with leading practitioners and scholars in the field and shape your career through unique professional development opportunities tailored to your goals. Along with individualized mentorship, our program features in-depth experiential training that gives students the tools to create real change.

Training starts with our foundational Social Justice Practicum, a minimum 150-hour non-clinical training experience required for all first-year students that focuses on issues of diversity and social justice in mental health and well-being.

Students hone their clinical skills through a minimum of 600 hours of clinical practicum experience and 300 hours of direct client contact. This experience occurs within supervised clinical practicum experiences throughout the University’s network of community partners, including clinics, hospitals, mental health centres, and government agencies.

Students also gain research training and knowledge through the dissertation, a rigorous scholarly study of a clinical issue relevant to the field, as well as the 1,600-hour full-time internship geared toward their clinical interest. As highly trained practitioner-scholars, they complete the program equipped to tackle the most pressing needs of today’s society.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in five years of full-time study, which includes a one-year full-time internship.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by innovative thinking, Adlerian encouragement, empathy, and genuine care, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.