Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants! in Psychology Forum Posted March 7, 2019 11 minutes ago, Psych_School said: Thank you to everyone who is helping to provide insight into this topic! I definitely want to make the most informed decision possible I looked on the College Psychologist of Ontario website (http://www.cpo.on.ca/Become_a_Member.aspx --> under the psychologist tab --> registration guidelines) and this is what I found... It seems like anyone who graduated from a CPA/APA approved program (clinical/school/counselling) can register with the CPO. Then a psychologist must choose a practice area (forensic, clinical, school, counselling, industrial/organizational) of these all registered psychologists in any practice area can diagnose (except industrial/org.). Also, it looks like a person who completed a PhD in coun. psych can list clinical psychology as a practice area and vice-versa. I think that this is how people with a clinical psych degree can declare a practice area in forensic or health/rehabilitation or clinical neuropsychology even though they didn't complete their degree in this area. It seems to be determined more by placement choices/experience? This is how I'm interpreting it! Could be wrong Thanks again for everyones input - this decision is getting more complex than I had thought! It very much is determined by placement choice/experience. Most clinical psych programs are generalist, meaning they train you for a general area of practice. Some programs provide the specialized training as a specific degree area (e.g., SFU, York) but even then they'll have a strong generalist focus because you need that good base of training. Then, if you want more specialized training in a different area, you'll need to get that through a practicum placement/internship. For example, I'm in a generalist program (I get equal amounts of training for both adults and children in general mental health assessment/intervention), but because I want to practice in a forensic area, I'll need to get that experience through my advanced practica and internship. You just have to prove to the licensing board that you have the depth of experience to practice in your chosen area.