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This fall, Ryerson will be teaming up with York University’s Osgoode Hall law school to facilitate the opportunity for graduate students to take degree credit courses at each other’s institutions.

Recently, representatives from Ryerson University and York University signed an agreement to launch a program called Reciprocal Interdisciplinary Studies Opportunities.

Each semester, five students from Ryerson and five from York will be permitted to enrol in certain courses at the other school. The Ryerson students will enroll in the courses at York, but will pay their usual tuition to Ryerson and vice versa.

“We recognize there are limits in numbers of students that our courses can handle. But where

there is room available how can we make it easy for York students to take courses at Ryerson and Ryerson students to take courses at York,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy.

The students may register for a maximum of up to one full-year class or two half-year courses. The students will earn transfer credits if they pass the course.

There are 15 courses available to Ryerson grad students at York and 14 Ryerson courses available to York students.

Law classes are just one of the general courses available to Ryerson students from York.

Levy says in a few years students will be able to receive a law degree from Ryerson itself, as a law school, is in the academic plan of the university.

Fourteen of Ryerson’s clinical psychology students will be teaming up with St. Michael’s Department of Family and Community Medicine to offer free mental health assessments and psychotherapy.

The Ryerson University Psychology Training Clinic, located at 80 Bond St, will provide individual, group and family sessions. It is intended for Toronto’s neediest residents with priority given to those without insurance or a job.

This clinic gives graduate students an opportunity to gain experience treating patients in a hospital setting. It will be incorporated into the curriculum as collaboration between the clinical psychology training clinic and the university teaching hospital.

It is estimated that more than 100 patients will visit the clinic  weekly and that each student will see between six to eight patients.

The clinic will have two levels. The first level is primary medicinal and the second is primary consultation. The Ryerson University Psychology Training Clinic is also wheelchair and scooter accessible.

President Sheldon Levy sees this as a natural linkage between the psychology department and their interest in St. Michael’s Hospital. The university has worked with St. Michael’s for many years providing opportunities for social work and nursing students to do their practicums at the learning hospital, he said.

“A lot can be gained from deepening that relationship,” said Levy, “There is potential to do a lot more with the collaboration.”

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