The Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR), a training unit of the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa offers a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. In 2017-18, we anticipate having one full-time position, normally available to students for Ph.D. programmes in clinical psychology other than the University of Ottawa programme, and seven full-time positions reserved for students in the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Training Programme at the University of Ottawa.
Appointments begin September 1, 2017 and end on August 31, 2018. The stipend is $28,000 paid over the period of an intern's training; an additional $500 is allocated to external applicants to assist with moving costs. The stipend is paid through a bursary. Additional benefits include a three-week vacation and statutory holidays including the period between Christmas and the New Year.
1 Certain external rotations excepted for the period between Christmas and the New Year.
The internship is accredited by the:
Canadian Psychological Association
CPA Accreditation Panel
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The Internship is fully accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. The CPSR internship is listed with and follows the guidelines of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers in Psychology (APPIC) and the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP).
The CPSR full-year predoctoral internship program first became accredited with the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in 1990, and in 2012, we were awarded a re-accreditation term of four years.
Eligibility Criteria for the Internship
To qualify for the internship at CPSR, an applicant must have completed at least two years of graduate work in a doctoral programme in clinical psychology. It is expected that the applicant will have had a minimum of 1200 hours of practicum experience related to the provision of psychological services (minimum of 400 hours of direct service hours). As well, applicants must have a "letter of readiness" sent from their graduate programme indicating that they are prepared and permitted to undertake the internship as part of their graduate training. The internship is restricted to individuals enrolled in a CPA and/or APA accredited programme in clinical psychology.
The internship training programme at CPSR offers intensive supervised experience to pre-doctoral interns in the practice of clinical psychology. A broad definition of clinical psychology is used at CPSR that includes clinical services to individual adults, adolescents and children, couples, and families as well as community consultation services to organizations. The mission of the internship programme is to enable interns to acquire: (1) competence for the autonomous practice of clinical psychology; (2) a sound commitment to ethical standards of professional practice, (3) a strong sense of professional identity and responsibility, and (4) leadership abilities to undertake a variety of professional roles.
To accomplish this mission, the internship targets the development of competencies in four main areas of practice in clinical psychology:
- Assessment (i.e., diagnostic, career, and treatment planning)
- Intervention (i.e., individual, group, couple, and family)
- Consultation (i.e., training, programme and organization-focused)
- Research (i.e., continuation of disseration research, CPSR projects, or those of core and affiliated faculty members)
The internship programme values the development of a professional identity as a psychologist in the context of the scientist-practitioner model. The majority of the internship training staff at CPSR is full-time faculty members in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa affiliated with the Ph.D. programme in Clinical Psychology. In this context, training staff model the integration of academic and professional roles through their dedication to training, research, and professional practice. The cornerstone of the programme at CPSR is the scientist-practitioner model in which the clinician is encouraged to rigorously examine and critique interventions, account for the choice of such interventions, and evaluate their outcomes.
Curriculum of Training
The curriculum of training to meet the programme's mission is experiential in nature, involving the delivery of psychological services supported by intensive supervision. The CPSR operates as a community mental health clinic providing services to the general population in the National Capital region. Interns are exposed to clients originating from diverse backgrounds, presenting with a variety of problems, and experiencing varying levels of psychological distress. Depending on an intern's training plan, caseloads are made up of individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples, and/or families. The types of clinical problems presented by clients include marital conflict, separation and divorce issues, children’s disruptive behaviour problems at home or in school, parenting issues, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, relationship difficulties, sexual health concerns and self-esteem problems.
The internship recognizes that contemporary requirements of practising clinical psychologists typically include a broad range of service expectations. Psychological services are defined as direct contact with clients whether in person or by telephone, consultation related to service delivery to a client, providing training and supervision to practicum students or other professionals, and participating in programme development activities within the CPSR or at a community agency external to the CPSR.
The development of competencies in training consultation and supervision are accomplished through the involvement in practicum training offered at CPSR. This includes training in the provision of clinical supervision and training in the administration of clinical services. Training in community consultation focuses on developing skills in programme development and evaluation in community-based human service agencies. The programme consultation training is accomplished through supervised involvement in consultation activities at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) at the University of Ottawa.
To supplement the training offered at CPSR, all interns undertake external rotations in other sites that offer psychological services in the National Capital region (e.g., psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals, correctional facilities). These sites offer the intern the chance to provide psychological services and work with specific populations not available at CPSR. As well, training in these sites expose interns to other professional disciplines. External rotations can provide up to 400 hours of the 2,000-hour internship. The internship helps interns identify external sites that correspond to their training objectives and facilitates their placement in these sites. Three of the internal internship positions have external rotations already set (i.e., Montfort Hospital, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, and Clarence-Rockland Family Health Team). For the other five internship positions, interns determine their external rotation with the assistance of the Interns’ Coordinator and consistent with an individualized training plan prior to the beginning of the internship.
For the internship year 2017-18, the following internship positions are anticipated:
- Adult Clinical (External intern; English or bilingual; CPSR & external rotation)
- Two positions, Adult Clinical (uOttawa intern; English or bilingual; CPSR & external rotation)
- Adult Clinical (uOttawa intern; English or bilingual; CPSR & The Ottawa Hospital2)
- Adult Clinical (uOttawa intern; French; CPSR & Montfort Hospital2)
- Adult Clinical (uOttawa intern, French; CPSR & Family Health Team2)
- Adult Clinical/Community 3 (uOttawa intern, English or Bilingual; CPSR & CRECS)
- Adult/Child/Family Clinical (uOttawa intern, English or bilingual; CPSR & external rotation)
2 The split for these positions is 60% of the intern's time at CPSR and 40% at the particular site.
3 For this position the intern will complete an 80 hour internal rotation in administration related to training as well as a 400 hour rotation in community consultation at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services.
The delivery of psychological services by interns at the CPSR under the close supervision of faculty members at the CPSR serves as the main modality of training in the internship. These activities expose interns to the application of psychology and the delivery of services based on current scientific knowledge while meeting contemporary standards of practice in psychology. Intensive and systematic supervision is a key training element in the internship at CPSR. It involves the building of a collaborative relationship between interns and supervisors and a high ratio of supervisory contact to client contact hours.
Supervision is offered in individual and group formats. As students progress through the internship their emerging competencies and particular interests are taken into account and fostered through the supervision process. As CPSR is also a primary site for practicum training for graduate students in the clinical psychology programme at the University of Ottawa, interns are required to supervise the clinical work of two students at an earlier stage of training. Interns are provided with training in clinical supervision through seminars, individual supervision, and a supervision-of-supervision group led by the Interns' Coordinator and held bi-monthly in the second half of the internship year.
Other Training Activities
Experiential activities are supplemented by didactic training activities that include seminars and case conferences. Seminars are provided through the City Wide Seminar Series by clinical supervisors at CPSR and psychologists external to CPSR working in a variety of different positions and settings. Seminars are organized in collaboration with the three other APA/CPA-accredited residency programmes in Ottawa (i.e., Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, and the Ottawa Hospital) and are attended by residents/interns from all sites. Topics covered have included preparation for registration, a primer on psychoactive medications, and working with clients presenting with different types of problems. Case conferences involve the presentation and discussion of clinical cases and consultation work undertaken by interns or practicum students. They also serve as an opportunity for supervisors, interns, and practicum students to discuss the application of current ethical standards for psychologists as well as relevant legislation affecting the provision of psychological services.
There are also opportunities for interns to become involved in clinical research projects at CPSR. In past years, such projects have focused on Depression in Distressed Relationships, the Creation of Intimacy in Marital Couples, Process Analysis of Psychotherapy Sessions, Therapy for Depressed Older Adults, and Programme Evaluation of Individual Therapy Services of Adults. The internship programme functions according to a scientist-practitioner model and therefore values research involvement by its interns. As such, protected time for research is allocated according to each intern's individualized training plan and is equivalent to 8 full days.
In keeping with the mission of the University, training in the internship is offered in both French and English. However, interns may choose to train in only one language.
The Psychology Interns are housed administratively within CPSR, which officially reopened its doors in its renovated space in January 2011. Each intern is provided with their own office. All offices are equipped with state-of-the-art digital recording equipment and computers. CPSR has an additional ten therapy rooms also equipped with recording equipment. Other training resources available to interns include computers for scoring and interpreting psychological tests, a wide range of commonly-used psychological tests, and holdings in psychology at the main library of the University of Ottawa located in proximity to CPSR.
To apply to the internship, applicants must use the APPI Online system (http://www.appic.org/AAPI-APPA). They must ensure that the following are included: a covering letter indicating their plans and training interests in CPSR; a curriculum vitae; a duly completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI), which includes certification by the Director of Training; an official copy of the graduate transcript; and three letters of reference (CCPPP format is preferred).
As indicated on the APPIC website, deadline for submission of applications is 11:59 p.m., EST on November 9, 2016. The new deadline is set to allow for compliance with the CCPPP date for notification of interview.²
This internship site abides by the APPIC policy that stipulates that ranking-related information will not be solicited, accepted or used from any intern applicant.
The University of Ottawa is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
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