Program Information: Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1384
Program Type: Internship
Site: Canvas Health, formerly known as Human Services Inc. (HSI)
Department: Psychological Services
Address: 7066 Stillwater Boulevard North
Oakdale, Minnesota 55128
Country: United States
Metro Area: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Distance from Major City: 12 minutes east of St Paul, MN
Phone: 651-777-5222x5126
Fax: 651-251-5111
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 07/01/2003
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Nicole Shackelford
Chief Psychologist: Daniel Johnson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 15 PTO days, 7 holidays, 3 floating holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Mix of treatment hours, assessment hours, supervision, documentation, and didactics. Services in the main Oakdale site, a satellite office one day per week, adherent and non-adherent DBT, adult day treatment, family therapy (child/adolescent intern), assessments in co. jail for adult interns, early childhood sites for child intern with that interest. 40 hours required on site weekly; 40-45 is a typical work week.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: 11/24/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2020
Interview process description:

Applications are due by end of day November 8, 2019.  Application deadline has been extended:  Applications are due 11:59 p.m. November 24, 2019.  Applications are reviewed by the training director and usually by another staff reader. Preferred applicants are invited for interview. Notification of interview status is by December 13, 2019. Applicants not interviewed may still be ranked.

A structured interview with a supervisor is followed by an interview with the training director. Applicants are also able to talk with current interns in a group interview format, available once or twice on an interview day. Applicants not able to travel may be interviewed by phone, usually by the training director only.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Illinois School of Professional Psychology Wright State University University of Northern Colorado United States International University University of Minnesota Minnesota School of Professional Psychology University of Wisconsin Northwestern University University of North Dakota University of Montana Illinois School of Professional Psychology University of Rhode Island University of Colorado University of Georgia University of Illinois Utah State University Nova Southeastern University Temple University University of St. Thomas Georgia School of Professional Psychology Fielding University University of Wyoming American School of Professional Psychology University of Maryland University of Denver Chicago School of Professional Psychology Michigan State University University of Toledo U of WI, Milwaukee UC Santa Barbara Kent State University Nova Southeastern University Argosy University Phoenix University of Minnesota CSPP Alliant University Los Angeles Indiana University of Pennsylvania James Madison University Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Stanford Jackson State University Loyola University Chicago Pacific Unversity
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: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 200
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
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:
Program Description

Canvas Health is a community mental health clinic (CMHC) with a broad level of community involvement and many innovative programs.  We celebrated our 50th year in 2019.  Our staff enjoy training and interns are accepted as valued colleagues.  We foster an atmosphere in which we push interns toward excellence in practice while offering support and encouragement.  Canvas Health serves persons with a wide variety of presenting conditions and places emphasis on developing interns' confidence and competence in serving persons with serious and persistent mental illness and children with severe emotional and behavior disturbance.

Canvas Health welcomes applicants of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, physical abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious/spiritual beliefs.  The agency and the training program have a creative and committed focus on diversity training and cultural humility. We have expanded our offerings into other metro counties and are serving a broader range of diverse persons; we have developed clinic documentation in Spanish.  Interns and supervisors complete a culture-sharing exercise toward the beginning of the training year, and activities designed to promote multicultural awareness are provided throughout the internship.  A process/ countertransference group - facilitated by a staff person who is not in a supervisory role - is also made available to interns to nurture a safe space for self-reflection.  

Child/adolescent-track interns complete a 12-month rotation in a home-based family therapy program serving seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.  Adult-track interns complete a 6- to 12-month rotation in an outpatient adult day treatment program (varies based on clinic need and intern availability). Standard experiences for all interns include a year-long 1) assessment rotation, 2) outpatient therapy rotation and 3) adherent DBT rotation. Canvas Health focuses on evidence-based treatments and assessments, integrating science with practice.

Canvas Health has a strong role in evaluation services to the court and social services system, and interns are trained in doing many types of evaluations used by county departments, as well as for other internal and community needs. We have a busy FASD and neurodevelopmental clinic and routinely receive referrals from psychiatry, primary care, other mental health agencies and self-referred community members. Some members of our training committee routinely complete forensic evaluations (child protection, competency, certification to be tried as adults, psychosexual), and there may be opportunities to observe their work.  Many interns have had the opportunity to complete psychological assessment of incarcerated individuals.  

A large base of clinical data from the agency's outcomes instruments is available for research projects. Interns and staff presented research using this database at APA from 2010 to 2015. In 2013 and 2016 interns and staff presented at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association conference. We foster opportunities for outcomes measurement and program evaluation. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: 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
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 59 49 49
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 28 35 24
Total number of interns: 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 0 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 13 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 32 44
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1
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: 0 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: 1 1 1
Independent Practice: 1 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0