At the Maplewoods Centre, our mission is promoting excellence, integration, and innovation in child psychology and family therapy practice. We work to improve the lives and relationships of children, youth, adults, and families by developing highly-skilled scientists and practitioners in the fields of family therapy, psychotherapy, and clinical child psychology.
Our Accredited Training Programs
The Maplewoods Centre is associated with two distinct training programs for graduate students. The Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program is a recognized education and training program with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and holds provisional accreditation with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).
The Maplewoods Centre was established in 2021 when two existing University of Guelph clinical training centres, the Centre for Couple and Family Therapy (CFTC) and the Centre for Psychological Services (CPS), were merged to better serve the community.
CFTC was established in 1979 and was housed in the Annex to Macdonald Hall until 2021. The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program is a master's level training program that is offered through the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition.
CPS was established in Blackwood Hall in 1997 to provide on-site clinical training opportunities for Applied Developmental Psychology (now Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) graduate students in the Department of Psychology.
Both centres were established to meet a need for clinical services to the community and provide students with a place for excellence in clinical training.
The Maplewoods Name
The Maplewoods name is an acknowledgement of Brown's Woods, which stands across Smith Lane and is visible from the Centre's windows.
One of the predominant trees within Brown's Woods is the maple. Maple trees are familiar and iconic and symbolize strength and growth.