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European PhD programs

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by jennigold, Sep 21, 2007.

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  1. jennigold

    jennigold 7+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Does anyone know where I can find information about European clinical psych phd programs that are APA accredited? I searched apa.org but couldn't find anything. Thanks!
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  3. Therapist4Chnge

    Therapist4Chnge Neuropsych Ninja Faculty Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    The Beach
    I doubt they will. The APA only accredits US programs. They use to accredit Canadian programs, but the APA and CPA decided to not do this anymore.

  4. Jon4PsyD

    Jon4PsyD Go Red Sox 5+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Boston, MA
    So what happens for a person who gets a Ph.D. outside the US (and Canada) puts wants to practice here?

    I know a lot of M.D.'s do this...

    Respecialization Diploma??
  5. Ollie123

    Ollie123 10+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    I believe it all falls on that person than to prove that their degree is equivalent to an APA program. Which may or may not be a giant pain in the ass depending on the degree, country, whether or not the people reviewing it had their coffee yet that morning, etc.

    Haven't looked into it, but I'm sure there ARE ways to get licensed with a degree from outside the US, but you may be limited in terms of states you can practice in, and it may be an annoying and difficult process. It amazes me that licensing boards can be as rough as they are on people from other countries when APA has set the bar so low for programs here they clearly don't give two craps about programs in this country.
  6. JockNerd

    JockNerd 5+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Ollie-- interestingly, many foreign accreditation associations intentionally set up more strict accreditation requirements, with the idea being that the program should exceed American requirements in order to make it possible for professionals to have some mobility.
  7. WaitingKills

    WaitingKills Rockstar 5+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2007
    I'm going through this process right now with my MA. I did my degree in Australia and I live back in Canada now. I had to send my completed transcript to a service called International Qualification Assessment Service which specialized in assessing degrees done overseas.

    I am sure that there are such organizations in the States that do the same thing.

    If you do go overseas, make sure to compare the program that you are going to take to several in the States to make sure that they are 'substantially similar'. That would include courses in stats, ethics and research methods as well as the appropriate number of supervised clinical hours.

    I was accepted into both a Clinical Ph.D program and DPsyc-Clinical program but switched to the Masters because it wasn't similar enough to the Ph.D's in Canada. However, I do believe that my Master's was more rigorous than the ones here, except I might have to do a Canadian ethics class.

    Anyway, do your research really well. Programs in the UK are usually very reputable so you should be mostly safe.
  8. jennigold

    jennigold 7+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Thanks to everyone for that!

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