The Halifax Clinical Psychology Residency Program is a 12-month full-time pre-doctoral internship/residency program. We have three tracks, Mental Health and Addictions (2 positions), Health Psychology (1 position), and Neuropsychology (1 position), and rotations in inpatient, outpatient, forensic, community, and primary care settings.
Although we are a fairly new residency program, with our first cohort of residents completing the program in August 2019, we represent the merger of two former programs that were both accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association: The Nova Scotia Capital District Mental Health Internship in Clinical Psychology and the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Internship Program.
At the CPA Accreditation Panel's October 2019 a decision was made to accredit our new, merged program for a five-year term.
Our program espouses the goals and objectives of the scientist-practitioner model. The fundamental goal is to transition residents towards independent practice as professional psychologists. It is our belief that this goal is best accomplished by providing residents with extensive, supervised experience with a variety of patient populations and presenting problems, within the context of an appreciation for and understanding of individual differences.
We are especially focussed on helping residents gain knowledge and skills in areas of central importance to psychological practice as outlined in the Mutual Recognition Agreement. As such, across all tracks, residents receive training in the core clinical competencies, namely interpersonal relationships, assessment and evaluation, intervention and consultation, research, ethics and standards, and supervision. In addition, residents have the opportunity to expand their range of skills and breadth of training by receiving training with specialty populations.
As the largest city in Atlantic Canada, Halifax is the major centre for commerce, government, transportation, shopping, tourism, entertainment, education and health care. Founded in 1749, Halifax is recognized as one of North America's most beautiful cities with its historic harbour side development, Victorian architecture, vibrant downtown, and its 17-acre Victorian style Public Gardens. With a population of approximately 400,000, the city offers countless points of interest, including the Halifax Citadel (Canada's most-visited historical site), the ocean side escape of Point Pleasant Park, and the vibrant Historic Properties on the Halifax Harbour front. With five universities, the city boasts the highest ratio of educational facilities to population in North America. Halifax is a cosmopolitan city with exciting nightlife, theatres, galleries, museums, fine dining, and a wide range of recreational activities. The city has a particularly vibrant live music scene, with artists such as Jill Barber, Classified, Rose Cousins, David Myles, Joel Plaskett, and Sloan all having roots in the city. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and the downtown Scotia Bank Centre regularly present nationally renowned entertainers, as well as theatrical and dance performances.
Haligonians place a strong emphasis on preserving a relaxed pace and a high quality of life. As "Canada's Ocean Playground," all the recreational and sightseeing attractions of our province are easily accessible from the metro area. Wonderful ocean beaches abound within 45 minutes of downtown Halifax-Dartmouth. Halifax enjoys temperate, maritime climate with an average temperature of 22 degrees C in summer. The UNESCO seaside heritage town of Lunenburg is an hour away. The interior of the province is ruggedly beautiful with thousands of lakes which provide the perfect setting for camping, hiking, and skiing just minutes from the city.