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.