We, ACPRO, CCPPP, and the CPA Accreditation Panel recognize that this pandemic has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the operation of professional psychology training programmes, and on their faculty, staff, and students…
ACCREDITATION PANEL FOR DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES
INTERNSHIIPS IN PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
On Behalf of the CPA Accreditation Panel:
CPA and the Accreditation Panel understand that the management of COVID-19 has far reaching effects on individuals, communities, our health care systems and on health providers themselves. Its impact on the health care environment will also impact trainees of all health professions. Some may leave internships or residencies to return home. Most will find their clinical roles impacted and it is possible that their clinical activity will be significantly changed or suspended as health care environments respond to this unprecedented health emergency. The decisions and experiences of trainees may vary from university to university, health care setting to health care setting and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The guidance and advisories in one province/territory to another may differ and consequently impact health care delivery and health care training differently.
We understand and anticipate the concerns of trainees that any disruption or suspension of their residencies and internships can impact their ability to meet program completion requirements and, ultimately, impact their progress towards graduation and licensure. We also understand that there is not a single authority who can decide how missing requirements will be dealt with. For example, CPA’s Accreditation Panel cannot require programs to extend their training years or decrease required clinical hours. Programs needs and options will vary in the kind of accommodation they can offer. Further, regulatory bodies have requirements about how many internship hours are required of candidates for licensure.
The purpose of this advisory, however, is to let programs – their faculty, supervisors and trainees – know that CPA will collaborate with programs on an individual basis as well as Canada’s regulatory bodies individually and collectively, to help them navigate the impact COVID-19 will have on the training of psychologists. We will all need to be understanding, nimble and flexible in finding solutions that work for each program and, ultimately, put the needs of clients and students front and centre. CPA has reached out to CCPPP and ACPRO to discuss this issue and come up with some collective guidance to programs. CPA has also been collaborating with APPIC, APA, and ASPPB on this issue as well for those of our students who train north and south of the border. We will keep you apprised of our progress.
In the interim, feel free to contact the Accreditation Office at any time. Even more importantly, stay well and stay safe.
Dr. Stewart Madon, C. Psych.
Registrar, Accreditation & Ethics Officer
Canadian Psychological Association
PDF version: CPA Panel Statement re; COVID 19
Education & Training in Health Service Psychology – COVID-19 – Joint Statement Updated 3-19-2020
The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) have received questions and concerns from programs and students concerned about how COVID-19 will impact their training experiences and if it will impact their completion of degree requirements. The range of ever-changing information, sometimes conflicting, from different organizations in which psychology graduate students train throughout the U.S. and Canada has contributed to increasing anxiety. …
The CPA promotes excellence and innovation in psychological education through its accreditation standards and procedures for doctoral and internship programmes in professional psychology.
Whereas individual practitioners of psychology are licensed, training programmes in professional psychology can be accredited. The CPA accredits such training programmes but the CPA does not accredit, register, license, or certify individuals to practice psychology in Canada. The latter mandate falls under the purview of the provincial regulatory bodies. Click here to obtain more information on the provincial and territorial associations, regulatory bodies and licensing requirements.
It is the doctoral or internship programme (not its students) that must voluntarily apply for and undergo accreditation. A student can claim to have graduated from an accredited programme, if the programme was accredited at the time of the student’s graduation.
Accreditation is a voluntary process but allows doctoral and internship programmes to demonstrate that they have met a community standard of training.
Although graduation from an accredited doctoral programme is not a requirement for registration as a psychologist or always a requirement of employers, it can be an advantage.
Applicants for registration or licensure who have graduated from accredited programmes often receive ‘fast-track’ credential reviews by regulatory bodies. Furthermore, accredited programmes are encouraged to hire faculty and staff who themselves have graduated from either a CPA- or APA-accredited programme.
The CPA accredits doctoral programmes and internships in professional areas of psychology. An up-to-date listing of all CPA-accredited programmes can be found on our website here. A pdf version of the CPA Accreditation Manual is available here.
The CPA Accreditation Panel is a member of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC):
The CPA and APA also have a mutual agreement on accreditation, known as the First Street Accord. Please click here for more information.
Questions about CPA Accreditation?
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