The Stream in Mental Health and Well-Being is devised to give psychology students who are considering graduate clinical psychology programs, counselling programs, or other mental-health related professions a coherent set of introductory courses that will help them meet their vocational goals. This new stream is only offered in combination with one of our existing six concentrations. Hence, students who complete this stream will blend research experience with applied introductory knowledge of mental health and well-being
Admission into the Stream in Mental Health and Well-Being is competitive. Students who wish to be considered for admission will need to meet the following requirements:
· Be registered in the B.A. Honours Psychology or B.Sc. Honours Psychology program.
· Be currently registered in one of the six concentrations.
· Achieve 4th year standing and a major CGPA of 10.0
If you meet all these requirements, you can be considered for admission. Each year, a call for applications will be sent out by email during the winter term. Students will be asked to fill out an application form to be submitted to the Undergraduate office (B550 Loeb).
Only 25 student per academic year will be admitted into the stream. If more than 25 students who meet all the requirements apply, then those with the top 25 CGPA will be selected. Thus, an application does not guarantee admission.
Students must complete the following 2.5 credits to earn the Stream in Mental Health and Well-Being.
PSYC 3302 [0.5] Positive Psychology
PSYC 3604 [0.5] Clinical Psychology and Mental Illness
PSYC 4330 [1.0] Community Mental Health
PSYC 4333 [0.5] Clinical psychology: Assessment and Intervention
PSYC 4330 and 4333 will be reserved for students in the Stream, and they can only be completed after gaining admission. Note that PSYC 4330 is a full-year course and it involves a practicum. PSYC 3302 and 3604 can be completed at any time.
In addition, students must complete the 3.5 credits associated with one of the six concentrations. Students who fail to complete a concentration will not receive recognition for this stream even if they have completed all the courses above.
Students who are considering this stream should start preparing for it as early as possible during their program. An obvious first step is to select a concentration and to start taking the listed courses. Students should also plan to take the prerequisite courses for PSYC 3302 and 3604 in their second year. A good choice here is either PSYC 2500 or 2600, which serves as a prerequisite for both PSYC 3302 and 3604. Finally, keep an eye on your CPGA. It must be 10.0 once your reach 4th year standing.
Finally, a special note for students in the Health, or the Social and Personality concentrations:
If you have both a concentration in health and this Stream, then you cannot count 3302 or 3604 towards your concentration. Select another 1.0 credit for the concentration among the listed choices.
If you have both a concentration in social/personality and this Stream, then you cannot count 3302 towards your concentration. Select another 0.5 credit for the concentration among listed choices.
This means that if you choose of these two concentrations, you will have to plan your coursework even more carefully.
This stream is highly coveted, but the nature of PSYC 4330 and 4333 only allows for 25 students to gain admission. Hence, this requirement was implemented to ensure that the students who do get selected have the appropriate academic background to benefit fully from what this stream offers. Moreover, you should note that programs in clinical psychology and counselling are extremely competitive. Students who successfully apply to them often have CGPA above 11.0. Hence, if you have been thinking about one of these programs, you will need to excel in all your classes notwithstanding your ability to get into thesis stream.
No. This stream is unique to Carleton and it was designed to give our students with an interest in mental health and well-being an opportunity for an applied introduction to these topics. It is not requirement for admission to any program (including clinical psychology programs, counselling programs, or training for other mental-health related professions). Naturally, we hope that it helps students who do complete this Stream reach their vocational goals.
The Stream in Mental Health and Well-being will appear on your transcript, but it will not be present your Diploma in conformity with current Carleton policy. If you have questions about Undergraduate Calendar regulations, please send them to email@example.com.