Program Information: Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1384
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
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: Not Applicable
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 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2021
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 (paid time off) days, plus 8 holidays and 2 floating holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Our interns' days are filled with a blend of individual therapy, group therapy, psychological assessment, supervision, consultation and didactics. Most of the intern's time is based in the main Oakdale site and one day per week spent in a satellite office (North Branch, Cottage Grove or Stillwater). Group treatments include adherent DBT, adult day treatment, and adolescent day programming. In-home family therapy is a primary rotation for our child/adolescent intern. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have sought to reduce interns' exposure to in-person services. All interns have been given the option to provide treatment services from home/private office space and nearly all of our services have continued via telehealth and televideo; this plan will continue into the 2020-21 cohort and the foreseeable future. 40 hours of work time is required weekly; 40-50 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: 11/23/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/14/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2021
Interview process description:

Applicants who are invited to interview will be notified by email on the interview notification date.  They are provided with instructions for when and how to schedule the interview.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews for training year 2021-2022 will be conducted via televideo (preferred) or phone. 

We typically hold interviews over a 2-week period in early- to mid-January.  In the past, we have held interviews in person using the following format:  interns first meet for 30 minutes for a structured interview with a member of the Training Committee.  This is followed by a 30-minute unstructured interview with the Training Director.  We typically provided a tour of the Oakdale office and, if current interns were available, we gave them time to speak in private with one or more interns.  The current intern cohort is usually quite willing to provide their contact information for interviewees for follow-up questions.

We anticipate that in January 2021, we will conduct both 30-minute interviews by televideo.  We will offer a video tour of our Oakdale office and a group Q & A (televideo) with our current intern cohort.  

If an applicant wishes to meet a specific Training Committee member, it is recommended that they make this request to the Training Director as early as possible in advance of their interview date, so that arrangements can be made.

As a member of APPIC, Canvas Health agrees to abide by all APPIC policies, including the policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.


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 Carlos Albizu University Virginia Consortium in Clinical Psychology University of South Dakota
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is 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: 200
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
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: N/A
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 a wide range of individuals, including persons with serious and persistent mental illness and children with severe emotional and behavior disturbance.  Canvas Health focuses on evidence-based treatments and assessments, integrating science with practice.

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. 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 and (new in 2020-21) a rotation in our adolescent day treatment program.  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. 

You may apply for either a Child/Adolescent- or Adult-Track internship.  It is also acceptable to apply for both tracks; in this case, you would be considered for ranking in the Adult-Track and, separately, the Child/Adolescent track.  

Our agency 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 encourage interns to initiate projects in 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
Students: 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of Completed Applications: 59 49 49 36
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 28 35 24 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 0 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 13 6 9
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 32 44 33
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 2 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 1 1 1 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0