Dr. Angela Fountain & Associates is a group private practice in psychology that is located on a 60-acre therapeutic farm in the north end of the city of Oshawa, Ontario. We are a friendly, creative and lively multidisciplinary team of around 20 clinical staff and students from a variety of disciplines (i.e., psychology, social work, registered psychotherapists, child and youth work) as well as a full administration team, barn staff, and volunteers. We offer mental health services (assessment and treatment) designed to fit the needs of families, children (infants to adolescents) and adults with a range of presenting problems. We take an integrative approach to clinical work (drawing on cognitive-behavioural, attachment and relational, developmental systems, and humanistic theories) in order to develop individualized treatment programs to meet our clients’ specific needs. Our treatment plans can range from brief solution focused interventions to longer-term more traditional treatment programs. We are particularly well known for our children's treatment programs, which include play therapy, group therapy programs, and fun therapeutic day programs throughout the summer months.
Unique to Dr. Angela Fountain & Associates is our clinical setting. We are located on a therapeutic farm with a full range of indoor and outdoor psychological treatment amenities, allowing us to offer all the traditional family and child community-based clinic services and more. From our indoor consultation offices and play therapy rooms to our adjoining equine therapy stables, small animal handling facilities, recreation and swim areas, to adventures in our forest and farm meadows, practicing psychology moves to a new level of wellness that more traditional settings cannot offer.
The Residency Program at Dr. Angela Fountain & Associates is intended to help prepare residents for a career as a clinical psychologist. Through individual and group supervision, supplemented by didactic training opportunities, we strive to foster strong clinical skills in assessment and treatment with a diverse range of presenting problems and ages. Residents will also develop their knowledge and experience applying ethical decision-making and professional standards in all aspects of their clinical work. We encourage reflection and self-awareness combined with critical thinking and application of theory and research to support the resident in developing his/her/their own theory of practice. Residents are integrated within our treatment team and day treatment programs, providing many opportunities to develop multidisciplinary professionalism and consultation skills as well as opportunities for rich learning from the broad range of skills and knowledge from colleagues in other mental health disciplines in our practice. Being a unique, farm-based psychology practice, we strive to promote creative applications of evidence-based practices through the use of our outdoor and therapeutic farm facilities. We provide training and support in our unique equine and animal assisted therapies in addition to the traditional training and support a psychology resident needs from a field placement site. Residents will be expected to learn and to participate in skills associated with these outdoor and therapeutic farm activities in order to integrate them into their clinical work with clients.