Can you Benefit from Psychological Services?
Psychological services include the assessment, treatment and prevention of behavioural and emotional conditions using a number of different methods aimed to maintain and enhance physical, intellectual, emotional, interpersonal and social functioning.
Susan Blackburn, M.A., C.Psych.Assoc. (Supervised Practice) provides Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology services to adult individuals and couples.
Counselling Psychology is an area of psychological services that aims to improve the functioning of well-adjusted people by helping them to solve problems, make decisions and cope with the stresses of everyday life. Clinical Psychology involves assessment, diagnosis and treatment of individuals struggling with behavioural, emotional and thought-based concerns.
Psychologists (C.Psych.) and Psychological Associates (C.Psych.Assoc.) are regulated by The College of Psychologists of Ontario and are the only professionals that are authorized to practice psychology and provide psychological services in the province of Ontario.
What is the difference between Psychologists and Psychological Associates?
According to The College of Psychologists of Ontario, the difference between Psychologists and Psychological Associates is as follows:
The difference is in how they are trained. Both have completed an undergraduate degree and have gone on to complete a graduate degree in psychology. Psychological Associates have completed a masters degree in Psychology, which is then followed by four years of experience working in the field of psychology and Psychologists have completed a doctoral degree in Psychology which typically includes a one-year internship.
Both Psychological Associates and Psychologists have then completed at least one additional year of formal supervised experience approved by the College and passed three examinations required by the College.
The profession of Psychology in Ontario has a single scope of practice. There is no distinction made in the legislation or in the regulations, between Psychologists and Psychological Associates with respect to scope of practice or with respect to controlled/authorized acts.
All members must have knowledge and skills respecting interpersonal relationships, assessment and evaluation, intervention and consultation, understanding and applying research to professional practice and knowing and applying professional ethics, standards and relevant legislation to professional practice. Every member of the College, with the exception of individuals whose practice is limited to Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, must be competent to formulate and communicate a psychological diagnosis.