Program Information: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1832
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Department: Psychology
Address: 455 Spadina Ave
Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5S2G8
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Toronto
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 416-535-8501x77333
Fax: 416-971-7172
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Niki Fitzgerald
Chief Psychologist: Sean Kidd
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 19
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 12
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 34000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 5 paid educational days
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Residents spend 2 full days in each of their two MAJOR rotations for the full 12-months. Depending on rotations a typical day will involve a mix of assessment, intervention (in-patient and/or outpatient,and/or group), supervision, team meetings, etc. On Friday mornings residents have two seminars (1.5 hr didactic seminar; 1hr case conference seminar); Friday afternoons can be used for minors, research, dissertation.
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/02/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2023-01/20/2023
Interview process description:

****Please note, ALL applicants will be notified of their interview status  by email on Friday December 2nd.  If you do not hear from this site prior to the end of the day (5pm EST), please contact the Training Director to inquire.  In previous years there have been techinical glitches resulting in notification emails not reaching applicants.****


Interview dates occur between January 9-20th.  Interivews  for the 2023-2024 year will ALL be held virutally regardless of applicant location.  NO in person interviews will be offered or conducted. 

Applicants will meet will meet as a group wiht the Training Director at 9am for a welcome orientation to the site, which is non-evaluative.  Those applyingto the Child, Youth and Family Rotations will meet as a group with the rotations' supervisors. This will be followed by three, individual interviews with rotation supervisors, and a non-evaluative meeting with a current resident from one of the rotations to which the applicant applied. Due to the large number of applicants interviewed, it is possible for the interview day to last the bulk of the day (9-5pm) with breaks in between.  The site does its best to minimize large gaps between interviews.

For those applying to rotations in the General Track, all applicants will meet individually with supervisors from a minimum of two of the five rotations that were ranked in the applicant's cover letter.  In some cases, applicants will meet with supervisors from three of the five rotations they listed. Names of interivewing supervisors will be listed on the interview schedule provided. Applicants will also meet with at least one current resident from a rotation with which they are interviewing.

For those applying to the Forensics or Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Track, interviews will be with track supervisors as well as a current resident. 

All interviewees will be provided with the contact information of current residents should they be unable to speak to them on the day of the interivew.  


They typically start at 9am with an orientation with the Training Director of the overall residency program.  This meeting is in a group format with other applicants interviewing on the same day.  Applicants then meet with the rotation supervisors.  This may involve a single supervisor or a team of supervisor involved in the particular rotation.  Applicants would be advised in their itinery how many interviewers would be present.  Applicants would have a provided lunch with current residents from the rotations to which they are applying with applicants interviewing on the same day.  On average, an applicant can anticipate 4 meetings during the course of a day, although more are possible.  It is not recommended that other interviews be scheduled for the same day.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Ryerson, York, OISE, Dalhousie, Concordia, McGill, UBC, U of Calgary, SUNY, Memorial, University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), McMaster, University of Saskatchewan, University of Windsor, University of Ottawa, etc
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: Yes
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 (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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: Please also note that CAMH has a mandatory mask-fit policy (ie., Respiratory Protection Program, Policy #AHR 3.13.20) that requires ALL employees (which residents are considered) to complete a mask fit test at the start of their employment and to wear one when required. This further requires that during these times (time of testing and any subsequent required occasions), employees: “Maintain a clean-shaven condition at the time of testing and when required to wear the respirator in the area where the respirator contacts the skin in order to achieve a proper seal between their face and the respirator face-piece.” All CAMH staff, physicians, learners and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated.
Program Description

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and teaching hospital located in downtown, Toronto, Canada's largest and most multicultural city.  The psychology residency/internship program is the largest single site in the country with 15 positions.  This specialist program offers four tracks including 2 positions in Child, Youth and Family (CYFS); 1 full-time Neurodevelopental Disabilities (NDD) lifespan position; 1 full-time Forensics position and 8 positions in the General Adult Track. Residents in the CYFS and General Tracks complete two major rotations over the course of the year. Applicants list their rotations of preference in their application package, which will then be reviewed by the supervisors of  those rotations for goodness of fit (ie., previous practicum experience, populations worked with, etc).   

There are 3 rotations available in the Child, Youth and Family Service: Adolescent Service; Better Behaviours Service; Mood and Anxiety Service. There 9 rotations in the Adult program (Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Services; Work, Stress and Health Program; Integrated Day Treatment; Adult Forensic Outpatient Service; Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic; Gender Identity Clinic (Adult); Complex Care and Recovery; Addictions Clinical and Research; Health and Wellness, Student Life Program (student counselling centre at University of Toronto).  

Both inpatient and outpatient opportuntities are available depending on rotation. Rotations will vary in the amount of assessment and intervention as well as treatment orientation and availability of research opportunities (please see the brochure for a description of the available rotations). 

This is NOT an appropriate residency for those looking for a generalist experience or to roundout training.  It CAN BE a good fit for those who have decided the direction of future work and want to deepen their level of expertise in those areas. 


Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: The brochure contains this breakdown of experiences for each rotation.


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 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)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Experiences will be highly dependent on major rotations selected for degree of exposure.  Please see rotation descriptions for additional detail. 

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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 121 117 134 152 137
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 63 65 70 72 59
Total number of interns: 11 12 12 12 12
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 12 12 12 12
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 12 11 11 12
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 12 11 12 12
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 3 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 1 0 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 2 0 3 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 1 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 8 0 4 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0