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«The Clinical Developmental Handbook 2013-2014 Department of Psychology York University Updated: August 27, 2013 by Mary Desrocher 2 Table of ...»

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Learning Experiences for all C-D students York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC) (personal communication from Louise Hartley, Director of the YUPC, February 2009) YUPC is a new, state-of-the art community mental health and training centre associated with the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Health at York University. The clinic officially opened in the spring of 2009 and provides a range of leading edge, effective mental health services on a fee for service basis to community members from around York University. The clinic has 13 interview rooms - 9 with video recording capability and 7 with 1-way mirrors. Until the clinic can support full practicum placements, graduate psychology students in the clinical developmental and adult clinical areas will be able to receive program sanctioned training hours in the clinic based on their educational level within the program. Please visit the clinic's web-site [www.yupc.org) to learn more.

Clinical-Developmental Brown Bags (personal communication from Christine Till, CD area Brown Bag Coordinator, February 2009).

The Clinical-Developmental Brown Bag series are organized with the Clinical area Brown Bags and take place on the first and second Monday of each month. It is important to try to keep your Mondays open (especially during MA1) in order to be able to attend these worthwhile meetings. The first Monday of the month is devoted to student presentations and these presentations will run in parallel for the Clinical and CD area students, but in different rooms. The focus of the CD area case presentation brown bag is on "Clinical Cases" and consists of presentations by CD area students who are enrolled in the Assessment or Intervention practicum course. PhD-I and II students will be required to present once over a two year period. The target audience for these presentations are MA I and II students; however all graduate students are invited to attend. The second Monday is devoted to Professional Development topics, such as internship interview preparation, the registration process, and applying for funding, and involves both CD and Clinical students. These Brown Bags are designed to enhance your graduate experience by providing MA-level students with information about practicum sites (and how to apply to them!), and by providing more senior level students with experience in presenting clinical cases in a clinical rounds type of setting. Another goal of the brown bags is to foster a greater sense of community in our program and give students more opportunities to meet and share experiences with others from the program. Regular email announcements are sent with the exact dates, topics, and location. We hope that you will find this to be an invigorating learning experience!

42 M.A. Degree Information for the C-D Program

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a) Either Psychology 6020 3.0: Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Contemporary Psychology A or Psychology 6030 3.0: Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Contemporary Psychology B;

b) One full-course chosen from one of the following: Either Psychology 6130 6.0:

Univariate Analysis or Psychology 6140 6.0: Multivariate Analysis;

c) Psychology 6610 3.0: Social and Emotional Bases of Development;

d) Psychology 6905 3.0: Biological and Cognitive Bases of Development;

e) Psychology 6910 3.0: Psychoeducational Assessment of Children and Adolescents (normally taken in the second year of the MA program); and,.

f) Psychology 6920 3.0: Clinical and Diagnostic Assessment of Children and Adolescents (normally taken in the second year of the MA program).

Outline for Specialty Stream Training in Clinical Neuropsychology

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A new stream has been approved for both Clinical and Clinical Developmental students who are interested in clinical neuropsychology. Information and the requirements for the CD neuropsych stream are outlined below. Additional questions regarding the CD neuropsych stream can also be directed to Dr. Christine Till, email: ctill@yorku.ca.

Definition of a clinical neuropsychologist (National Academy of Neuropsychologists) A clinical neuropsychologist is a professional within the field of psychology with special expertise in the applied science of brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists use this knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and/or rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders. The clinical neuropsychologist uses psychological, neurological, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological principles, techniques and tests to evaluate patients’ neurocognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and weaknesses and their relationship to normal and abnormal central nervous system functioning. The clinical neuropsychologist uses this information and information provided by other medical/healthcare providers to identify and diagnose neurobehavioral disorders, and plan and implement intervention strategies. The specialty of clinical neuropsychology is recognized by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Clinical neuropsychologists are independent practitioners (healthcare providers) of clinical neuropsychology and psychology.

Professional and scientific importance of clinical neuropsychology Increasing influence of neuroscience in psychology Career opportunities in academic and applied settings for specialists Increasing recognition of neuropsychological approaches in educational settings Current resources for specialty education in clinical neuropsychology at York University

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Clinical neuropsychology stream The CD neuropsych stream will not add any additional course requirements. The 1.5 full course electives will be fulfilled by the proposed neuropsychology training courses outlined below.

Core Neuropsychology Stream Courses Psyc 3650.03 Clinical neuroanatomy Psyc6320.03 Human Neuropsychology: History and syndromes (life span) Psyc6945.03 Applied Pediatric Neuropsychology (assessment focused, developmental) M.A. I - no change M.A. II - no change PhD I

6930 6.0 Intervention Strategies with Children Psyc 6350.03 Functional neuroanatomy Practicum I (clinical assessment focus) Psyc6945.03 Applied Pediatric Neuropsychology (assessment focused, developmental focus) - summer??

PhD II Practicum II (intervention focus) Psyc6945.03 Applied Pediatric Neuropsychology (assessment focused, developmental) Minor area paper Dissertation proposal PhD III 6140 6.0 (F/W) Multivariate Analysis Practicum II (neuropsychological assessment focus) Psyc6320.03 Human Neuropsychology: History and syndromes (life span) Psyc6490.03 Ethical issues Psyc6020/6030.03 Historical and theoretical foundations Dissertation (related to clinical neuropsychology/neuroscience)

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Information obtained from: 1) Regina Schuller, email sent September 28, 2005; 2) FGS-Human Participants Research Guidelines for Submitting Thesis/Dissertation Proposals, As you know, all University-based research involving human participants, whether funded or non-funded, is subject to the ethics review process (which in the past has involved a confusing and redundant array of forms). Although not substantively different, FGS now has new procedures in place for students undertaking thesis/dissertation research involving Human Participants. Things do look more streamlined and easier to follow.


The forms have labels – TD1, TD2, TD3, and TD4.

If you look at the TD1 form, a synopsis of the four different options is outlined. The route you take depends on whether the research involves human participants, is minimal risk or not, and whether it’s funded or not.

The definition of “funded” does not include funding in the form of student OGS scholarships, SSHRC fellowships, NSERC scholarships, or CIHR studentships. These awards are intended to support students through their studies and do not require reports from students on the specific research activities conducted. The definition of “funded” does apply to grants awarded for specific research projects, whether those projects be the student’s own research projects or research being conducted as part of a faculty member’s funded research project. Typically, for funded research, granting agencies require reports of the research conducted.

The Human Participants Research Committee uses the definition of minimal risk as outlined in the SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR Tri-Council Policy Statement “Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans” (August 1998): “If potential subjects can reasonably be expected to regard the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research to be no greater than those encountered by the subject in those aspects of his or her everyday life that relate to the research then the research can be regarded as within the range of minimal risk” (p. 1.5). An expanded version of this definition is available from the Office of Research Services (5th Floor, Kaneff Tower) upon request.

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In the area of research involving human participants, the following changes are being introduced. The following procedures are to be put into effect as soon as possible and no later

than October 1, 2005:

1. In an effort to streamline and expedite the thesis/dissertation approval process, the

following change is being introduced:

Thesis and dissertation proposals, including the Human Participant Research Protocol documents when relevant, are to be forwarded to FGS only (the student will take it to the graduate program office, who will forward it to FGS). FGS will then forward all relevant documents to HPRC for review and approval. Programs are not to send materials separately to HPRC.

2. To enable students to develop a better understanding of the responsibilities associated with conducting research with human participants and to improve the quality of their human participant protocol submissions, all graduate students proposing research that involves human participants are required to complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS) tutorial, available online at: http:/www.pre.ethics.gc.ca. The tutorial is available in English (TCPS Tutorial) and French (Didacticiel sur l'EPTC).

Once they have completed the tutorial (a time commitment of about 2 hours) students are to submit the tutorial completion certificate, available online, to their program office. The certificate will then be placed in the student's file. The GPD or GPA will be asked to confirm its presence when they forward the TD1 form (being revised to add this addition) to FGS. Students who conduct research involving human participants within course assignments or MRPs will have to meet the same requirement.

3. The final change related to ethics and human participants involves the age of majority. On the current TD2 form, the age for substitute consent is listed as 16 years and under.

OK, here are the four choices for ethics (should you follow the steps correctly and have all

completed, FGS is promising a response within 5 working days):

1. No human participants

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– TD3 (it’s a checklist to insure you covered your bases in the consent) * Provide 2 copies of the TD2 form & consent form–the Grad Office forwards these to HPRC

3. Human Participants, minimum risk, funded by faculty research grant

-TD4 form (verifies the existing HPRC approval)

-attach proposal

4. High risk - regardless of whether or not it’s funded*

-TD1 form and TCPS tutorial

- attach proposal

- complete HPRC form + 6 copies of proposal * this is worded as “and/or funded” in the TD1 form – I have spoken with FGS, that is not what they meant and will be changing the wording to reflect that they mean “regardless of whether it’s funded”

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3. What is the student's commitment over the year? (i.e., will it be an average of 10 hours per week spread out over the year, will it be concentrated in shorter more intense time periods, etc.)

4. The faculty member's policy regarding publishing credit (if relevant) has been explained to the student? Yes ______________ (please check.)


Practicum Setting and mailing address (If other than York):

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_______________________________ __________________________________

Practicum Supervisor’s Name (print) Practicum Supervisor’s Signature

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This form must be filled out and signed by both the student and practicum supervisor if the student is to receive practicum credit.

Students must ENROLL on line for this practicum if the student is to receive a practicum credit Students are advised to keep a copy of this agreement for their records.

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Thesis Committees Master’s Thesis Supervisory Committees

1) A thesis supervisory committee will consist of two faculty members from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at least one of whom must be from the CD programme, and who serves as the principal supervisor. In exceptional circumstances, and with the prior approval of the Dean, one additional member may be appointed who is not a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The membership of each committee, including the Chair, must be recommended by the appropriate graduate programme director for approval and appointment by the Dean of Graduate Studies no later than the second term of study (MA 1 year, second term, or equivalent for part-time students). (NOTE: In the CD area, the usual practice is to assemble your committee, who agrees to your thesis topic, in the spring/summer of your first year.)

2) A thesis supervisor (chair of the supervisory committee) shall:

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