Accredited Doctoral Residency Program

The Student Wellness and Counselling Centre’s Doctoral Residency In Professional Psychology started in 1991 and is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. To date the program has successfully graduated 64 early-career psychologists, a considerable contribution to the field. Former SWCC residents are employed in a wide array of psychologist positions including health authorities, post-secondary institutions and private practice, and many hold leadership positions within professional psychology training.

The Student Wellness and Counselling Centre's Doctoral Residency provides didactic and experiential training across 7 competency areas including: Interpersonal Relationships and Post-secondary Populations; Intervention (includes Personal Counselling & Psychotherapy, Group Counselling); Assessment; Interprofessional Education and Practice (includes Consultation); Supervision; Applied Research and Evaluation; and Professional Ethics and Standards.

Our Accredited Residency includes diverse supervision experiences within our clinical and interprofessional teams. Our faculty’s orientations and clinical and research interests are varied and Residents are encouraged to develop their own burgeoning orientation while they are exposed to an array of intervention approaches including ACT, CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness (e.g.MBSR), Multicultural Counselling, DBT, Experiential and Brief Psychotherapy.

Program Brochure 2020-2021

Training Director:
Elizabeth Whelan, PhD, RPsych, Associate Professor (

Student Wellness and Counselling Centre
University Centre, UC 5000
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Tel: (709) 864-8500 (Option #5)
Fax: (709) 864-2087

Accredited by:
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
(Current term: 2017/18 - 2022/23)
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3
International Association of Counseling Services (IACS)

Participating Member:
Association of Counseling Center Training Agents (ACCTA)
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)


Student Wellness and Counselling Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000