Program Information: Nova Scotia Health, Central Zone

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1823
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Halifax Clinical Psychology Residency Program
Department: Nova Scotia Health, Central Zone
Address: Dr. Paula McLaughlin
Suite 4060, 4th Floor, Abbie J. Lane Building
5909 Veterans' Memorial Lane
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2E2
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Within Metro Halifax, NS
Phone: 902-473-4799x
Fax: 902-473-4873
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Paula Mclaughlin
Chief Psychologist: Andrew Starzomski
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 30
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Education allowance
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work week includes the following: direct contact with clients (in the form of assessments, consultations, individual and/or group treatment); individual and group supervision; interdisciplinary team meetings; resident seminars; peer support sessions; providing supervision; reading/literature review/preparing to see clients; progress note and report writing; program development, implementation, and evaluation; and research.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/15/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Interviews will take place between January 17th and 31st, 2022. To minimize the stress and financial costs associated with travel, and consistent with the recommentations put forward by APPIC and the Executive of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs, we will only be offering virtual interviews. Interviews will be 45-60 minutes in length and will include time for questions.

We will also offer virtual information sessions with the Director of Training and Associate Directors of Training, supervisor fairs (using breakout rooms), and meetings with the current residents. 

Applicants will be notified of their interview status by email on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 (the Universal Notification Date for Canadian internship sites). After 11 am Eastern Time on Monday, December 6th, 2021 (the Universal Response Day for Canadian internship sites), applicants who were offered interviews are invited to contact us to schedule their interview. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We have matched with applicants from many Canadian programs.
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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 Accepted
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 Halifax Clinical Psychology Residency Program is a 12-month full-time pre-doctoral internship/residency program. We have three tracks, Mental Health and Addictions (3 positions), Health Psychology (1 position), and Neuropsychology (2 positions), and rotations in inpatient, outpatient, forensic, community, and primary care settings.

Although we are a fairly new residency program, with our first cohort of residents completing the program in August 2019, we represent the merger of two former programs that were both accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association: The Nova Scotia Capital District Mental Health Internship in Clinical Psychology and the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Internship Program. 

At the CPA Accreditation Panel's October 2019 a decision was made to accredit our new, merged program for a five-year term.

Our program espouses the goals and objectives of the scientist-practitioner model. The fundamental goal is to transition residents towards independent practice as professional psychologists. It is our belief that this goal is best accomplished by providing residents with extensive, supervised experience with a variety of patient populations and presenting problems, within the context of an appreciation for and understanding of individual differences.

We are especially focussed on helping residents gain knowledge and skills in areas of central importance to psychological practice as outlined in the Mutual Recognition Agreement. As such, across all tracks, residents receive training in the core clinical competencies, namely interpersonal relationships, assessment and evaluation, intervention and consultation, research, ethics and standards, and supervision. In addition, residents have the opportunity to expand their range of skills and breadth of training by receiving training with specialty populations. 

As the largest city in Atlantic Canada, Halifax is the major centre for commerce, government, transportation, shopping, tourism, entertainment, education and health care. Founded in 1749, Halifax is recognized as one of North America's most beautiful cities with its historic harbour side development, Victorian architecture, vibrant downtown, and its 17-acre Victorian style Public Gardens. With a population of approximately 400,000, the city offers countless points of interest, including the Halifax Citadel (Canada's most-visited historical site), the ocean side escape of Point Pleasant Park, and the vibrant Historic Properties on the Halifax Harbour front. With five universities, the city boasts the highest ratio of educational facilities to population in North America. Halifax is a cosmopolitan city with exciting nightlife, theatres, galleries, museums, fine dining, and a wide range of recreational activities. The city has a particularly vibrant live music scene, with artists such as Jill Barber, Classified, Rose Cousins, David Myles, Joel Plaskett, and Sloan all having roots in the city. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and the downtown Scotia Bank Centre regularly present nationally renowned entertainers, as well as theatrical and dance performances.

Haligonians place a strong emphasis on preserving a relaxed pace and a high quality of life. As "Canada's Ocean Playground," all the recreational and sightseeing attractions of our province are easily accessible from the metro area. Wonderful ocean beaches abound within 45 minutes of downtown Halifax-Dartmouth. Halifax enjoys temperate, maritime climate with an average temperature of 22 degrees C in summer. The UNESCO seaside heritage town of Lunenburg is an hour away. The interior of the province is ruggedly beautiful with thousands of lakes which provide the perfect setting for camping, hiking, and skiing just minutes from the city.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
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:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

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: 52 63 64 87 89
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 19 35 40 38 40
Total number of interns: 2 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 3 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 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 2 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 14 0 16 14 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 26 38 51 73 22
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 1 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 0 2 1 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 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 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0 2 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 1 0 0
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