Program Information: Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1807
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Department: Psychology Services
Address: Vancouver General Hospital, Doctors Residence
2775 Heather St., #428
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1M9
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Vancouver (Surrey, Burnaby)
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Residency resides in Vancouver
Phone: 250-893-2546
Fax: 250-380-2075
Email: Brad.Hallam@vch.ca
Web Address: https://careers.vch.ca/work-here/students-and-residents/psychology-residency/
Brochure Website's Address: https://careers.vch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2022-2023-Clinical-Residency-Brochure-FINAL.pdf
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private General Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Brad Hallam
Chief Psychologist: Brenda McKnight
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 23
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 26
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32651.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): $500.00 education fund; 5 days research or education leave; 15 days vacation.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site 4 days of clinical training and 1 day dedicated to didactics, program development and research.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/03/2021 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: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/11/2022
Interview process description:

Interviews are offered to the applicants whom we feel are the best matches for our program alongside the goals stated by the applicant.  In accordance with recommendations from the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs, all interviews will be offered via videoconferencing.  No in-person interviews will be offered, even to local candidates, to ensure consistency across interviews.  Applicants will till have the opportunity to meet with the Training Director, two or more faculty, and at least one current resident.   Because interviewees will not have an opportunity to visit our site, we have created a promotional video that allows interviewees to see the facilities and meet some of the staff: https://careers.vch.ca/work-here/students-and-residents/psychology-residency/  Format of interview is individual, vignette based and 1 hour in length. Applicants are offered interviews via email by the Director of Training. 

Interview notification will be conducted in accordance with the voluntary 2-step interview notification and booking system recommended by the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs: 

Friday, December 3, 2021 - Universal NOTIFICATION Date. That is, all applicants applying at Canadian Internship Sites will be informed of their interview status on this day but no interviews will be booked until the following Monday.

Monday, December 6, 2021 - Universal RESPONSE/BOOKING date. This is the date applicants can begin contacting sites who have offered them interviews. Specifically, that means students can start booking their interviews with their internship sites at 11:00 am EST on Monday, December 6, 2021.

 Interviews will take place on January 11 & 12, 2022.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, University of Manitoba, University of Regina, Queen's University, York University, McGill University, Concordia University, University of Windsor, University of Calgary, University of Western Ontario, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, University of Houston, Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia - Okanagan.
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not 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

The Predoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology offers four full-time predoctoral resident positions. Several VCH training sites facilitate the residency experience; Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia Hospital, the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions. Most psychology residents will select training modules in several sites and every effort is made to coordinate their schedule to minimize travel time. Interhospital shuttles depart frequently to facilitate easy movement to and from sites except for  Burnaby Centre. The resident can also participate in research during the course of training. Seminars take place throughout the year. Residents apply and are accepted for a position in one of the two tracks offered. There are also rotations offered in health psychology that can be integrated into either of the two primary tracks as appropriate. Adult Mental Health Track (up to 2 full-time positions available) Neuropsychology Track (up to 2 full-time positions available). The Neuropsychology Track provides residents with intensive experience in the theory and practice of clinical neuropsychology. Rotations include neuroscience, epilepsy service, a hospital-based neuropsychology service, the acquired brain injury program at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Team, and the Alzheimer Clinic at UBC Hospital.The Adult Mental Health Track provides residents with experience in psychological assessment and treatment in psychiatric inpatient settings as well as outpatient settings. Treatment experiences include individual therapy and group therapy, using a wide range of approaches from CBT to Motivational Interviewing and DBT. A number of Health Psychology rotations are available as elective rotations within any track.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other: Supervision of Practicum Students is offered when available. Neuropsychology track residents will have the opportunity to supervise a testing clinician.

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

There is one adolescent & young adult (ages 15-24) neuropsychology track rotation available at GF Strong Rehab Centre.  There are two adolescent & young adult (ages 12-24) mental health rotation available at the Inner City Youth (Foundry) and Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre.  Ther is one child and adolescent (ages 5-19) mental health rotation at the Ravensong Community Mental Health, 

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: https://careers.vch.ca/work-here/students-and-residents/psychology-residency/  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: 70 73 130 90 92
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 28 28 32 33 32
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 3 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 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 5 12 24 25 14
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 87 60 117 77 107
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 0 0 2 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 1
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 4 1 2
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 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 0
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: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 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 1 0