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:
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: 09/01/2022
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. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, our interns have been working remotely from home (or from our offices, their choice) and most services are based out of our Oakdale site. For adult-track interns, group treatments include adherent DBT and adult day treatment; for child/adolescent track interns, group treatments include adolescent day treatment programming with optional adult adherent DBT programming. In-home family therapy (co-therapy with an experienced therapist) is a primary rotation for our child/adolescent intern. Beginning in 2021, our child/adolescent intern will be trained in early childhood interventions (PCIT, CPP). Beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing to the present, all interns have been given the option to work from home/private office space and meetings and supervision have been conducted via televideo; this plan will continue into the 2021-22 cohort and may shift toward more in-person services as pandemic-related restrictions change. Forty hours of work time is required weekly; 40-45 is a typical work week. We do not require weekend hours. Some evenings, by necessity, are required.
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: 11/22/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/13/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2022
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, and equity considerations, all interviews for training year 2022-2023 will be conducted via televideo (preferred) or phone. 

We typically hold interviews over a 2-week period in early- to mid-January.  Interns first meet with a member of the training committee for a 30-minute structured interview.  This is followed by a 30-minute unstructured interview with the Training Director.  We have a virtual office tour available for you to view.  We will be offering three different group Q&A sessions with our current intern cohort in January (60-minutes each, virtual) so that you may have a chance to get their perspective on their internship experience.  The current intern cohort is usually quite willing to provide their contact information for interviewees for follow-up questions.  

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.

We will also allow a tour of the facility, as it may be important to an appliant to experience the site in person before making a ranking decision; the training committee will not meet with the applicant during the tour.  Instructions for how to request a tour will be made available during the interview process.  The identities of those who toured will not be made available to those individuals making ranking decisions.  The training committee does not want an optional tour to be a factor in any way in the ranking process, so as to maintain equity.  Should you, as an applicant, wish to tour in person, it will not aid your application.  Should you, as an applicant, be unable to tour or uninterested in touring in person, it will not harm your application.  

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 St. Mary's University of Minnesota
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: Yes
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: 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
PCSAS-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: n/a
Program Description

Canvas Health is a community mental health clinic (CMHC) located in the suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro, 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 places emphasis on developing interns' confidence and competence in serving a wide range of individuals and treating mild to complex presenting concerns.  We focus on evidence-based treatments and assessments, integrating science with practice.

The agency is currently preparing to pursue approval to be a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), an integrated care model (  This shift is predicted to begin in early 2022, during the 2021-22 training year.  Prospective interns interested in an integrated care setting are encouraged to apply. 

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 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:

1) a 12-month rotation in a home-based family therapy program (Family Treatment Program) serving children/adolescents at risk of out of home placement and their families in a co-therapy model (with an experienced provider),

2) a 6- to 12-month rotation in our adolescent day treatment program (Therapeutic Learning Center) providing milieu treatment to adolescents who have emotional and/or behavioral challenges, 

3) a full year of outpatient psychotherapy.  Opportunities exist for interested interns to gain training and supervised experience in early childhood interventions, including D:C 0-5 assessment, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

4) a full year of psychological evaluation experience, 2-3 comprehensive evaluations each month,

5) optional participation in adult adherent DBT, should you lack experience in this model, and

6) didactics, supervision, interdisciplinary team meetings, and other training activities. 


Adult-track interns complete:

1) a 6- to 12-month rotation in our outpatient adult day treatment program (intensive outpatient level of care),

2) a 12-month rotation in adult adherent DBT,

3) a full year of outpatient psychotherapy,

4) a full year of psychological evaluation experience, 2-3 comprehensive evaluations each month,

5) didactics, supervision, interdisciplinary team meetings, and other training activities. 

You may apply for either a Child/Adolescent- or Adult-Track internship.  You may also apply to both tracks and you will be considered separately for both. 

Regarding psychological assessment, our agency has a strong role in evaluation services to the court and social services system, and interns typically gain experience in court-ordered diagnostic assessments.  The majority of psychological evaluations are clinical, referred by other physicians, therapists, families, case managers, and by individuals who are seeking services for themselves or family members.  We have a busy FASD and neurodevelopmental clinic (all ages).  Some members of our training committee routinely complete forensic evaluations (child protection, competency, certification to be tried as adults, psychosexual, legal guardianship), and there may be opportunities to observe their work.  Many interns have had the opportunity to complete psychological assessment of incarcerated individuals. 

Rotations and experiences are subject to change, based on availability and agency/program needs.  

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


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 59 49 49 36 50
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 28 35 24 30 35
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2 1 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 0 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 13 6 9 12
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 32 44 33 14
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 2 3 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 1 1 1 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 1 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 1