The clinical program prepares students for careers involving teaching, research, and clinical service with adults and children. Some graduates go into university teaching positions. Others work in hospitals, clinics, and schools doing clinical work and research. Research training is important for students regardless of the career path. Not only does this create new knowledge and inform clinical decision making, it gives the student the ability to translate and develop knowledge in the community. Most graduates remain active in research following graduation whether this involves developing science-based clinical programs or more theoretical academic research. As the program places a strong emphasis on research training, prior experience conducting psychological research is essential.
The program is not aligned with a particular “school” of psychology. Instead, the theoretical approach is eclectic, with a strong emphasis on diagnostic and treatment modalities that are supported by empirical evidence. A broad range of approaches are represented in our practicum and internship settings.
Clinical students can be supervised by any faculty member, creating a large array of training opportunities. Several teaching hospitals and services associated with McGill also participate in the training of clinical psychology students. Practica involving medical and psychiatric inpatients and outpatients are available in several general hospitals, a children’s hospital, a psychiatric hospital, and a neurological institute.
An unusual feature of the program is the existence of an “in house” internship program. That is, the requirement of a 1-year full-time predoctoral internship can be fulfilled locally. Some students complete their internships at sites outside the Montreal area, applying through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (AAPIC) matching procedure.
However, most opt to do their internship in the McGill Psychology Internship Consortium (MPIC), which is open to McGill clinical psychology students only. The Consortium is organized by the Clinical Program and consists of training in the Department and the hospitals.