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Vancouver | Doctorate

Doctor of Psychology in
Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s 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. Graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations, including children, adults, seniors, those with developmental disabilities, and the severely and chronically mentally ill.

Our trailblazing Vancouver program is approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education, and is designed to meet the curricular requirements of most provincial and state licensing and registration bodies.

As highly trained practitioner-scholars, graduates complete the program equipped to tackle the most pressing needs of today’s society.



The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program is structured as a five-year program. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below.

Course offerings include:

  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Basic Intervention and Assessment Skills
  • Psychometric Theory
  • Applied Research Design in Clinical Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Trauma Assessment and Intervention
  • Doctoral Professional Development Seminar I & II
  • Social Justice Practicum I & II
  • Assessment I: Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment (with lab)
  • Assessment II: Personality Assessment
  • Assessment III: Integrated Assessment (with lab)
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches to Intervention
  • Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behaviour
  • History and Systems
  • Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Social Psychology and Individual Diversity
  • Biopsychosocial Bases of Health and Dysfunction – Adult
  • Biopsychosocial Bases of Health and Dysfunction – Child
  • Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology
  • Humanistic/Existential Approaches to Intervention
  • Introduction to Child and Family Interventions
  • Psychodynamic Approaches to Intervention
  • Structural and Sociocultural Bases of Health and Dysfunction
  • Supervision and Consultation
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Doctoral Clinical Qualifying Exam – Intervention
  • The Role of Psychologists in Management, Administration, and Leadership
  • Assessment Practicum I, II & III
  • Therapy Practicum I, II & III
  • Assessment Practicum Seminar I, II & III
  • Therapy Practicum Seminar I, II & III
  • Doctoral Dissertation Seminar: Proposal I & II
  • Doctoral Dissertation Seminar I, II, & III
  • Doctoral Clinical Qualifying Examination—Assessment
  • Clinical Elective
  • Doctoral Internship

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes



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.

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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • An honours baccalaureate degree in psychology or a substantial background in psychology (defined as 30 credits of coursework in psychology). Coursework must include the following prerequisites: abnormal psychology, research methods, statistics, and developmental psychology/life span development. Additional coursework (pending faculty approval) should include courses related to neuroscience, cognition, social psychology, developmental psychology, tests and measurement theory, personality, and learning.
  • A grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate coursework. Exceptions may be made for applicants who demonstrate improved academic performance or academic ability in other ways (e.g., significant clinical or research experience, strong psychology grade point average, excellent GRE scores, or an improved grade point average over time). Applicant may be asked to provide additional supporting documentation for any extenuating circumstances.
  • Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts are accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
  • Three letters of Recommendation
    • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities
  • GRE test score (taken within the last 5 years)

Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

International applicants are also required to submit the following:

  • Course-by-course transcript evaluation
  • All transcripts from outside of North America (including Mexico) must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) ( or Educational Credentialing Evaluators (ECE) ( Please note that we require all official transcripts (and official translations if not in English) as well as the course-by-course international credential evaluation.
  • If a WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation is ordered, applicants will only be required to submit the official international credential evaluation to the University as this service provides a verified copy of the official transcript(s) and translations to the University. Applicants must be sure to send in all transcripts and order the course-by-course evaluation.
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores from one of the following testing services directly to the University. Scores are only valid if taken within two years of enrollment.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Adler University’s – Vancouver Campus code for receiving test scores is 6215
    • Internet-based TOEFL minimum score is 92 with at least 22 on each of the four sections
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum Overall Band score of 7.0 is required, with no band lower than 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE): A minimum overall score of 62 is required

Vancouver Campus

Adler University in Vancouver has been, like Canada itself, born and built with an open mind. Located in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting and breathtaking cities, Adler University reflects a true Canadian spirit.

You’ll find multiple collaborative areas with the absolute latest technology. Learning areas and class windows have deliberately been situated to stimulate thought. These things do matter. If students are given the space, opportunity and technology to achieve their goals, they are more likely to rock the boat of conventional thought.

Studying in Vancouver does have its added advantages. They are the land, sea and call of the wild. All of which, we encourage you to experience. This is the great outdoors and a very different school of thought. You’ll want to experience it all.

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