Department : CFIR

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1874
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Centre for Interpersonal Relationships
Department: CFIR
Address: 336 MacLaren St.
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0M6
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Toronto
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 855-779-2347x737
Fax: 647-793-5438
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Outpatient Clinic
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jean Kim
Chief Psychologist: Lila Hakim
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 15
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 37500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Not applicable.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day for a resident includes the following: 3-4 psychotherapy cases; 1 hour of work related to a psychological assessment (e.g., test administration, test scoring or interpretation, report writing); 1 hour of break time; 1 hour of clinical case note writing and/or clinical reading; 1 hour of supervision or consultation.
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: 11/03/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is:
Interview notification date: 12/01/2023
Tentative interview date: 12/11/2023, 12/15/2023, 12/18/2023, 12/22/2023
Interview process description:

Interviews will be conducted on the following dates: Monday December 11, 2023; Friday December 15, 2023; Monday December 18, 2023; and Friday December 22, 2023. Notifications about interviews will be sent via email to applicants by Friday December 1, 2023

Interviews with candidates are conducted in an individual, virtual format. Candidates are interviewed by two to three interviewers, including the Director of Training and one to two psychologist supervisors (including a supervisor from the major rotation selected). Interviews are two-hours in length, and interviewees are asked questions related, but not limited, to psychological assessment and diagnosis, psychological treatment, and ethics and professional practice. Interviewees are given a chance to ask questions of the interviewers related to the residency program, and given contact information of current residents should they be interested in gaining direct knowledge about the residency from a resident's perspective.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: York University; Universite de Moncton; Fielding University; Toronto Metropolitan University; University of British Columbia; Duquesne University; Medaille College; University of Prince Edward Island; University of Toronto - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 200
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 80
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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 Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR) is a private organization that facilitates the provision of psychological assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in Ottawa, Toronto, and St. Catharines, Canada locations. Clinical services occurring at CFIR are provided by members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), including Registered Psychologists, Registered Psychological Associates, and Psychologists in Supervised Practice.

Clinicians at CFIR provide evidence-based, psychological assessment and treatment services. They value working from multiple therapeutic modalities for the purpose of supporting a diverse group of clients with a wide range of concerns, disorders, and therapeutic goals. When appropriate, they integrate various evidence-based therapies on the basis of individualized case conceptualizations and individualized treatment plans. Psychologists within CFIR provides training to support other clinicians in the endeavour of integrating empirically-supported treatment approaches when appropriate.

The residency program provides clinical training in the context of a scientist-practitioner model. Residents are expected to think critically about the clinical services they offer and make clinical decisions that are empirically-informed. This involves the use of evidence-based treatments, clinical research, and assessments, including information gathered from empirically-driven, comprehensive assessments of all clients.

Consistent with this philosophy, the residency program at CFIR is designed to provide training in the six general domains of: 

            1) Knowledge of psychological theories and clinical research;

            2) Therapeutic interventions and their integration;

            3) Clinical assessment and testing skills;

            4) Clinical supervision;

            5) Ethics and professional practice; and,

            6) Program evaluation.

We are pleased to offer a total of four full-time (40 hours per week, with approximately 20 hours face-to-face client contact per week) residency positions across all CFIR locations (Ottawa, Toronto, St. Catharines) during the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Training within a bilingual capacity is offered at all sites. Please note that remote opportunities are not available for this academic year. 

The residency program will be of particular interest to applicants who are bound for careers in clinical practice, specifically within a private practice context. Emphasis is placed on training in integrative therapy, and developing a strong foundational understanding of psychodynamic, experiential, and relational theories to inform case conceptualization and individualized treatment planning. Notably, the residency also offers a rare opportunity to receive training and clinical experience in couples therapy and sex therapy and their intersection. 

Residents at CFIR are assigned to one of three residency tracks based on their clinical interests/training goals (i.e., 1. Child, Adolescent & Family; 2. Adult; 3. Couples & Sex Therapy), each of which consists of one major treatment rotation and one major assessment rotation over approximately 3 days/week. Residents can also select one minor rotation (approximately 1 day/week), or two minor rotations (0.5 day/week each) within or outside of their major track. Residents also co-supervise a master’s-level psychology student, and complete a program evaluation project.

Further information about our residency program can be found on our website,, or by clicking the following link: CFIR Clinical Psychology Resident Manual 2024-2025

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy:
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 5 16 31 41
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 5 15 19 23
Total number of interns: 2 4 5 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 5 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 7 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 20 13 13
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 4
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0