For Students

Undergraduate students considering a career in clinical science:

Here are two documents that may be useful to undergraduate students who want to know more about how best to prepare for graduate programs in clinical psychology:

  • Advice about course work and other experiences that might best prepare students for graduate training, developed by a committee chaired by Don Fowles (former APCS president).

Current graduate students in clinical psychology:

There are lots of good resources available online, including advice on research, clinical training, professional development, teaching, funding, internship, our own mental health, etc… so many, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start. The APCS Student Engagement Committee has compiled a Clearinghouse of Helpful Resources for Graduate Students with brief descriptions of each to bring many of these resources together.

Current graduate students who are planning internship applications:

In 2017, the Directors of Clinical Training at Academy internship programs contributed to the following FAQ document to help students navigate the internship application process. In essence, it's advice from the Academy internship DCTs to Academy students on preparation, fit, and important things to consider when putting your application together. You can find the FAQ here:  APCS FAQ.

APCS has collaborated with the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) to produce a Directory of Clinical Training Opportunities for Clinical Psychology. The directory was last updated in 2009, and it still provides a lot of useful information that is not available elsewhere, including research opportunities and training in empirically supported interventions. 

PCSAS is an independent, non-profit body incorporated in December 2007 to provide rigorous, objective, and empirically based accreditation of Ph.D. programs in psychological clinical science (the terms psychological clinical science and scientific clinical psychology are used interchangeably).
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