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Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders. Clinical Psychologists use psychological assessment tools, provide therapy sessions, and develop individual treatment plans to improve patient outcomes. 

Steps to becoming a licensed Psychologist in Nova Scotia.

Step 1
Complete a Clinical Psychology program

Aspiring psychologists usually complete a four-year undergraduate (B.Sc., B.A.) and a two-year master’s degree. Although a master’s degree is the minimum requirement, many choose to further their studies in doctoral training (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) as well.

To help you get started, here are a couple of master’s programs in Atlantic Canada.

Dalhousie University – Clinical Psychology program 

Memorial University – Masters in Applied Psychological Science (Co-op) 

Step 2
Complete supervised clinical practice

With a master’s degree, you will need four years of supervised clinical practice after completing your degree to become eligible for independent practice. If you have a doctorate, you will require one year of supervised clinical practice after completing your degree to become eligible for independent practice. 

Step 3
Pass the Clinical Psychology Certification Exams

To begin providing direct client support you must complete a written and oral exam. The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is required to obtain a Certificate of Registration Authorizing Autonomous Practice.

Step 4
Register as a Clinical Psychologist in Nova Scotia

To practice in Nova Scotia, you must register with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.  Registration will require completion of clinical internships, supervised clinical practice, completion of a standardized licensing exam and an oral examination by the Nova Scotia board of Examiners in Psychology. For more information, visit here.

Step 5
Find your dream job!

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