Program Information: Counselling & Clinical Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1836
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Alberta
Department: Counselling & Clinical Services
Address: SUB 2-600
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J7
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Edmonton
Distance from Major City: We are located in a Major City
Phone: 780-492-2438x
Fax: 780-492-0013
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Erica Dunn
Chief Psychologist: Jason Murray
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35100
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns are provided $1,400 in professional development funds to use at their discretion, along with three days of professional development leave. Interns are provided three hours per week to use for their dissertation or program evaluation project. Interns are provided 22 vacation days and five sick days. Interns receive benefits consistent with full-time staff, with the exception of pension. The University is closed December 25-January 1 and all statutory holidays; interns are not be expected to work during these times.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are required to work eight hours per day, on site. Typically, interns work from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Interns are required to work one "evening shift" per week, starting at 10:00 AM and concluding at 7:00 PM. Interns will spend the majority of their time engaged in individual therapy, generally conducting between two and five therapy sessions per day. Interns are provided a one hour, unpaid lunch break per day. Other time is spent providing group therapy, conducting/receiving supervision, conducting psychoeducational workshops, attending meetings/seminars, or doing administrative work (case preparation, case notes, program evaluation and/or development).
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:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

In accordance with recommendations from the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP), interviews will be offered through video conferencing only (i.e., Zoom) for the 2022-2023 applicant cycle. A video tour of the clinic will be provided to all interviewees.

Interview notification and booking is handled in accordance with the common notification dates suggested by CCPPP.  This year, candidates will be notified by email of their interview status on December 3, 2021 and interviews will be booked by phone on December 6, 2021.  Qualified applicants will be interviewed in January, 2022.  Interviews are three hours in duration.  In the first two hours, candidates are interviewed individually with at least two psychologists present.  In the third hour, candidates meet with a current intern for a confidential question-and-answer period.

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 Alberta, University of Calgary. Prior to joining the match, CCS also welcomed students from the University of British Columbia and Adler 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: 300
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 Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: In accordance with the University of Alberta's Vaccination Directive, effective November 1, 2021, individuals may not attend on University Properties unless they are Fully Vaccinated and have provided Proof of Vaccination to the University as directed by the University. Individuals are required to maintain ongoing Fully Vaccinated status in the event that Health Canada updates its requirements for full vaccine protection, in which case the University will update and communicate timing requirements for maintaining Fully Vaccinated status accordingly. For detailed information, visit:
Program Description

Located at the University of Alberta’s main campus in the Students’ Union Building (SUB), Counselling & Clinical Services (CCS) is a professional agency which is part of the university’s Health & Wellness Services (HWS).  CCS is staffed by Registered Psychologists and psychologists-in-training (Master’s and Doctoral-level practica students as well as Doctoral Interns) who are supervised by senior staff. The team also includes Registered Nurses who handle intake and triage and psychiatrists. The agency has access to physicians, social workers, and a nutritionist.  CCS is open to all students currently enrolled at the University of Alberta.  Services include individual and group psychological treatment/counselling as well as: (a) initial consultation (intake); (b) psycho-educational workshops that address our primary presenting issues; (c) couples counselling; (d) psychiatric assessment and follow-up; and (e) consultations and workshops for staff.

The goal of CCS is to provide the highest quality and most accessible professional psychological service to students experiencing personal, emotional, or academic difficulties.  CCS currently serves a population of approximately 40,100 students representing all the Canadian provinces and territories as well as approximately 156 other countries. All have access to free counselling services through CCS. The age range of clients at CCS varies greatly, while approximately 50% of clientele are between 18 and 22 years old.  Common presenting concerns include:

  • Depression/suicidal ideation
  • Family pressures/conflict
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger
  • Academic problems
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss and grief
  • Procrastination
  • Poor communication skills
  • Addiction / Substance abuse
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Isolation
  • Adjustment to university life
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Perfectionism
  • OCD
  • PTSD

Our team at CCS has a unified commitment to the profession of psychology.  We understand the importance of effective training and we are dedicated to advocating for training and ensuring that future psychologists are amply prepared for a successful career in the field.  We view it as our responsibility as professionals to offer a thoughtful, diverse, and informed training experience and as such, view our training program as central and fundamental to our clinic.  

The internship at CCS exposes interns to a wide variety of experiences.  Interns are expected to undertake the following duties: intervention (including individual and group therapy and psychoeducational workshops), assessment (in the form of initial consultations), individual and group supervision, and supervision of master's practicum students.  In addition, interns attend seminars, case consultation meetings, team meetings, in-services and peer supervision. Interns conduct a program evaluation project throughout their internship year and are provided ample time for administrative tasks, such as case prep and case notes. 

Each intern is provided with a private office where they may see clients, perform case management, complete documentation, prepare for outreach activities, and engage in meetings with supervisors and fellow interns.  Specifically designed for the purposes of counselling, each office is equipped with: (a) appropriate furnishings; (b) lockable door and sound-dampened walls to protect privacy; (c) a telephone with a private line; (d) a filing cabinet to organize and protect sensitive documents; and (e) a computer with the capacity to book clients if desired (otherwise the receptionists can do this as well).  Interns also have access to a group room, professional books and career information, and an observation room designed with a one-way mirror for live counselling supervision and the provision of reflection team counselling. 

This internship setting also boasts several unique and helpful features for doctoral interns.  The site is staffed by the equivalent of 2.69 full-time receptionist/office assistants who ensure that all staff and trainees can spend their time on client-related issues rather than scheduling, filing and administrative tasks.  Further, interns have access to the additional technologies and technology support available through the UAlberta Information Services & Technology.  Lastly, interns have access to the myriad of informational services provided by the university’s extensive libraries, from books and journals to educational media as well as the CCS staff’s comprehensive resource sharing drive.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 5 4 24
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 5 4 16
Total number of interns: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 8 9 9
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 1 3 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 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 1 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: 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: 0 0 1 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 0 0