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, cfir.ca, or by clicking the following link: CFIR Clinical Psychology Resident Manual 2024-2025