Program Information: Learning and Development

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1806
Program Type: Internship
Site: British Columbia Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Department: Learning and Development
Address: Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
70 Colony Farm Road
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia V3C 5X9
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Vancouver (Surrey, Burnaby)
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 25 km east of Vancouver British Columbia
Phone: 250-213-4509x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Other
Member of APPIC since: 2012
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Shauna Darcangelo Ph.D., R. Psych.
Chief Psychologist: Martin Zakrzewski
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/03/2019
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Low Stipend High Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend Ranges for Next Class: 32000
Part Time Annual Stipend Ranges for Next Class:

Stipend ranges are values in US Dollars.

Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 3 weeks vacation; up to 5 days professional development time with some financial assistance
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical day will vary depending on the site. At the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, there is a greater focus on treatment. At the Regional clinics, there is typically a greater focus on assessments (particularly for the Court), although the resident will also be involved in treatment.
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2018 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/07/2018
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/24/2018
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified by email on the universal notification date as suggested by CCPPP (December 7, 2018).  Individual interviews will be scheduled during the 2 week period recommended by CCPPP for the Western Region (January 16-30, 2019); applicants will be able to select between two dates (usually within the first week).  We prefer in-person interviews.  Please plan to be on site for 4 hours; you will participate in interview sessions with different panels representing the Forensic Hospital, Surrey/Vancouver Regional Clinics, and Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction.  An hour has been set aside for an informational session with the Director of Training; a lunch meeting and tour of the facility with the current residents and other applicants will also be provided.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Preferred
Counseling Psychology None
School Psychology None
APA-Accredited Preferred
CPA-Accredited Preferred
Non-Accredited None
Ph.D Degree Preferred
Psy.D. Degree Acceptable
Ed.D. Degree None
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Please submit a comprehensive psychological evaluation report and a written treatment case summary. After a successful APPIC match, a criminal record check is required. Successful applicants must provide their own personal liability insurance.
Program Description

The BCMHSUS Clinical-Forensic Psychology Internship Programme focuses on forensic assessment and treatment for an adult patient population with complex psychiatric and neuropsychiatric illnesses, along with involvment in the legal system. This is a wonderful training programme for a person who might wish to specialize in forensic psychology.  Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to offer training in fitness or criminal responsiblity assessments.  We are hopeful that this may change in the coming years.  We currently offer rotations at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, the Vancouver and Surrey regional outpatient clinics and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction.  Our internship programme was initially accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in May 2015.  At that time, we received a 4-year term of accreditation (i.e., 2013-14 to 2017-18).  In May 2018, we underwent a second site visit by CPA.  We expect to receive the results in the fall of 2018.  Please refer to our brochure for additional information.  The link for our brochure can be found at  

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Number of Completed Applications: 16 19 14
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 8 11 6
Total number of interns: 1 2 0
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 2 0
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 2 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 11 3 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 11 103 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Working on dissertation/Student: 2 1 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 1 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0