Program Information: Mental Health & Addictions

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1825
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Annapolis Valley Health
Department: Mental Health & Addictions
Address: 5 Chipman Drive
Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N3V7
Country: Canada
Metro Area:
Distance from Major City: 62 miles Northwest of Halifax, NS
Phone: 902-365-1701x2410
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Omeed Ghandehari
Chief Psychologist: Glen Berry R. Psych.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
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: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 1/2 day each week protected research/dissertation time
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site direct client contact, supervision, meetings with multidisciplinary staff, support time, lunch
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations Some seminars are shared with two other internship programs in the province. There is also some peer supervision with the interns from the other 2 programs
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 90-120 minutes in length and will include time for questions.

Applicants will be notified of their interview status by email on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 and scheduling of interviews will begin on December 6, 2021.

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 Windsor University of Regina University of Saskatoon York University Guelph University McGill University Memorial University of Newfoundland University of New Brunswick Western University Lakehead University Dalhousie University University of Toronto - OISE University of Toronto Scarborough Suffolk University
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:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
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: Residents must complete Criminal Records Check, Vulnerable Sector Check, and Child Abuse Registry Check in their home provinces prior to starting residency and they must attend a health authority orientation on a date prior to the start of residency (i.e., usually one or two weeks in advance).
Program Description

The Pre-Doctoral Residency at Nova Scotia Health Authority - Western Zone, Annapolis Valley has been offering generalist training to residents for over 20 years in scenic Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia (about an hour Northwest of Halifax).  We have been CPA accredited since 2012-2013 and recently, following a site visit in the spring of 2017, we were granted a five year term of continued accreditation. 

We are the only residency program in the province of Nova Scotia that offers training across the life span.  We offer training in rural and semi-rural settings (i.e., both Kings and Annapolis Counties).  We have two primary sites: Kentville and Middleton.  The Annapolis Valley is known for orchards, tides, and vineyards.  There are a variety of cultural, sporting, and recreational activities including professional and community theatre, music, cinema, Acadia University varsity teams, downhill skiing, golf, and fine and casual dining. 

Students can apply for a full year Major in Child and Youth or a full year Major in Adult.  There are opportunities for residents in each Major to complete an elective rotation with a different age group if interested.  The opportunity to complete a half year Major in both may be reserved for interested residents deemed to have adequate training and experience in both assessment and intervention for children, youth, and adults.    Residents participate in a full year Assessment/Testing Seminar and weekly seminars.  Our program teams up with the other accredited Residency programs in the province to offer seminars and peer support.  Our Child and Youth Major offers rotations in Mood/Anxiety Disorders and ADHD and Disruptive Behaviour Disorders.  There are numerous elective experiences where residents can gain additional experience with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Assessments, Early Psychosis, and health concerns such as constipation and encopresis.  Our Adult Major offers rotations in Mood and Anxiety Disorders and our Assessment clinic with supervisors, residents and Masters level practica students meeting weekly, Early Psychosis/Inpatient Psychiatry, Health Psychology, and Training in Supervision (our site offers practicum experiences for Masters level Psychology students from Acadia University).  In addition to rotation experiences residents are able to carry a case load of clients that may be of interest.

Our program offers numerous treatment groups and health promotion/prevention groups.  There are also opportunities to offer psychoeducation presentations in the community at times.  Residents have weekly protected time to work on their research or participate in program development/evaluation opportunities of interest.

We strive to be flexible to ensure that learning needs are met for our residents.  Our supervisors are readily available as are other multidisciplinary members of the various teams for support and consultation. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Program Evaluation/Research


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
School: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Please note that  the residency focus (i.e., adult; child and youth; or an adult/child and youth combination in an semi rural mental health outpatient clinic) will influence the clinial experiences our residents have and as such this table reflects the range of experience with inclusion of both adult training experiences as well as the child and youth training experiences.

Regardless of rotation, our trainng experinces place primary emphaisis on providing individual and group experiences that are best evidence treatments for the type of presenting problem (e.g anxiety disorders; mood disorders). Residents gain experinece with formal assessment as well opportunities to gain experience as consultants to multidisciplinary team members and community partners (e.g school based consulation for child and youth major rotation; consutation to the hospital inpatient unit for adult major rotation), and supervision of psycholgy practica students.

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: 36 27 37 73
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 15 12 16 26
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 26 8 11
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 35 19 13
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: 1 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 2
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 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 1 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: 0 0 0 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 0