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(formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology)

TUITION: $760 per credit hour for master’s level programs; $960 PsyD
Financial Aid assistance and scholarships are available annually.
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Adler School is committed to continuing the work of Alfred Adler (1870-1937), the first community psychologist, by making social responsibility its primary focus and the driving force in all its curricula and initiatives. The School's commitment to social responsibility draws students from all over the world who wish to study in a collaborative atmosphere with accomplished clinical faculty. The School attracts recent college graduates and working professionals, offering significant cultural diversity by attracting the best students the world has to offer.

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program prepares students for the general practice of professional clinical psychology with particular focus on socially responsible practice that includes education and training regarding the broader social and systemic factors that contribute to human dysfunction. The program aligns with the scholar-practitioner model of training and education developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology to develop knowledge, skills, and values in seven core competency areas: relationship, assessment, intervention, research and evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision, and individual and cultural diversity. The PsyD curriculum has been specially designed to meet the curricular requirements of most provincial and state licensing and registration bodies. Applicants are encouraged to consult the registration requirements of the jurisdiction in which they hope to become licensed or registered to verify that the program meets their specific jurisdiction's requirements. The program is structured for completion in five years of full-time study, which includes a full year internship. Generally, students will spend four years in coursework and practicum experience, followed by a one-year internship.

The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program is designed to provide students with a foundation in theories and methods of counselling psychology with hands-on, practical, supervised training in counseling psychology techniques with an emphasis on socially responsible practice. This broad-based program usually takes students two years to complete. Graduates of the program are prepared for a wide variety of community mental health positions in human services agencies and organizations in the public and private sector.

The Master of Counselling Psychology program provides a foundation in counselling psychology theory and methodology. Along with coursework, the program offers hands-on, supervised training in counselling psychology techniques. This program provides a non-thesis option for students interested in a practitioner based Master of Counselling credential and can be completed in a two year period as a full-time student including summer semesters, if courses are completed according to the curriculum sequence provided. Graduates of the program are well prepared for a wide variety of mental health positions in human service agencies and organizations in both public and private sectors. This program features a strong emphasis in preparing students for professional practice at the Master’s level in a broad array of occupational settings, reflecting the School's roots as an institute focused on community service. It also embodies Adler's commitment to socially responsible practice, which includes a unique graduate level service learning requirement (Community Service Practice) and required coursework that provides students with theory and research pertinent to structural and systemic barriers to well-being and how to address these barriers.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology degree program prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas related to organizational development and leadership for business, industry and the public sector. The degree offers a curriculum that includes an integration of theory, research, applied skills and community service, within disciplines of organizational psychology and organizational development/leadership practice as well as counseling theory and practice. Knowledge and skills developed in the program will enable graduates to provide consultation to and leadership in organizational settings on the level of the individual, the work group and organizational systems and structures. This degree requires students to complete two practicums: a 150-hour Community Service practicum and a 300-hour Organizational Development practicum completed in an organizational setting. The program also requires students to complete a comprehensive research project to ensure students have the requisite understanding of research and critical analysis process and are fully prepared to undertake further academic pursuits. Designed for the professional learner, the program is offered in a flexible week day, week day evening, and weekend format. This allows students to maintain their involvement with their work while completing the program.

Graduates of the core MAOP program are not eligible for registration as a clinical counselor. However, MAOP students will be offered the opportunity to take additional coursework and practicum credits that are required to become eligible through the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree program.

The Master of Arts in Community Psychology (MACD) degree program prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas related to designing, developing and delivering the supports needed to sustain healthy communities and individuals. Community Psychology encompasses a wide variety of forces and structures in the community which affect the positive growth, development and functioning of its members. The practice of community psychology is directed towards interventions that facilitate psychological competence and empowerment, and promotes constructive social change. The Adler School’s curriculum includes an integration of theory, community-based research, applied skills and community service, within the disciplines of community psychology and community development, as well as counselling theory and practice. Knowledge and skills developed in the program will enable graduates to enhance their professional practice as consultants and/or leaders in government and community agency sectors. Designed for the professional learner, the program is offered in a flexible week day, evening and weekend format. This allows students to maintain their involvement with their work while completing the program.


All of The Adler School's masters and doctoral programs offered at the Vancouver campus are offered under the written consent of the British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Ministry. Note that prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs.

Ministry of Advanced Education, Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB), Government of British Columbia
PO Box 9177
Victoria, BC,
V8W 9H8, Canada.
Phone: 604-660-2421
M.A.: Community Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Organizational Psychology.
M.C.P.: Counselling Psychology.
Psy.D.: Clinical Psychology.


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