President's Statement on anti-racism Featured

In response to the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in the United States, thousands of
people around the world have taken to the streets to register their grief and anger. We
at ADLER offer our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and community of
Mr. Floyd and absolutely reject the culture of violence and hatred that led to his death.
We also recognize that this is not an isolated event, nor is it limited to one country or
area. In Canada, Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Colour face racism
and oppression built into nearly every part of our culture, society and institutions, as do
others around the world.

We at ADLER believe it is important to raise our individual and collective voices and to
take a stand against all forms of social injustice, inequality, and racism. Furthermore, we
are committed to being part of the solution. Inclusivity and diversity are directly
embedded in ADLER’s charter, guiding principles, and procedures. We are directed by
our namesake Alfred Adler to “trust only movement,” as Life happens at the level of
events, not of words. We can move to being and doing better by educating and
informing ourselves as staff, professionals and students regarding all aspects of equity.
We can express this learning in our words and actions, in our hiring and interactions, in
our policies and plans, in our evaluations and decisions, and in our caring presence with
one another. We can invite others to engage in and benefit from this learning and these
actions. We will do all of these things.

Embedded in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the understanding that
empathy, mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance form the foundation for our
rights and freedoms, and that deprivation and oppression for any of us threatens the
freedom, health, and survival for all of us. When Alfred Adler returned from the Great
War (1914 - 1918), in which he served as an army doctor, he was asked “What does the
world need?” He answered, “I think the only thing the world needs at the moment is
social interest”. His response is as true now as it was over 100 years ago.


Covid-19 Update - June 1, 2020

For the last few Months all ADLER staff have been working remotely to ensure everyone’s safety. 

For the Faculty of Coaching, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer our virtual mentor sessions, virtual practicum classes and teleclasses and will be offering our full ICF certified Coaching program, virtually over the summer.

As always, our main objective is to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community, as we help to play our part to “flatten the curve”, by social distancing and self isolation. We are now planning the classes that are scheduled for June, July & August.   At this point there is no way to know how long this difficult situation will last but we want to ensure your coach training pathway is not impacted.

Although our physical location is closed, staff are working remotely, and we can be reached at 416-923-4419 (dial 0 for front desk staff or consult the extension list for all other staff members). 

Jim Little, President.

Do I need a PhD to become a Psychologist? Featured

When I am connecting with students interested in the ADLER Master of Psychology degree program, the question I am often asked is "What can I do with a masters degree, I need a PhD to work as a Psychologist, don't I?"

The answer, under current legislation, is that you do not need a Doctoral level degree. Although registration varies by province, the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) licenses two titles for practitioners. The first is the well-known title of Psychologist and the second is that of Psychological Associate.

This designation is for practitioners with a suitable masters level education. In other provinces such as Saskatchewan, the title Psychologist, is used for both Masters and Doctoral level practitioners. To become registered as a Psychological Associate you will need to meet the College’s educational requirements including an undergraduate degree with sufficient coursework in psychology (usually an Honours BA in psychology and a suitable Master’s degree (you should always check with the College to ensure your eligibility).

After graduation with a Master’s degree, to become a member, you must apply for registration with CPO, a process which requires 4 years of work experience and one year of supervised practice. Also, you must complete all required examinations. You may have heard that CPO is asking the Ontario government for permission to end master's-level membership in the CPO and limit registration to those with doctoral degrees. This is a very important issue and one anyone considering a career in Psychology should be aware of this possibility. Recently, the CPO requested input regarding closure of the title of Psychological Associate, the following points were offered by the VP Academic in consultation with the Ontario Association of Psychological Associates (OAPA):

• Over the past five years, the College has had extensive discussions and stakeholder consultations regarding the criteria for entry to practice the profession of Psychology in Ontario

• At Council those discussions have stated routinely that the word from government is that they are not interested in closure

• The discussions at Council and stakeholder consultations have never stated how closure serves the public interest

• The General response to stakeholder consultations was that closure does not serve the public interest and that it will damage the profession’s ability to provide services to high needs populations.

The likelihood of this change occurring seems to be uncertain and ADLER will, of course, remain alert to any changes and advise you of any new information regarding this matter.

You could also visit the College of Psychologists of Ontario’s website at or the Ontario Association of Psychological Associates for more information.

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