Program Information: Adult Mental Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1880
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Department: Adult Mental Health
Address: 411 Roosevelt Avenue
Suite 200
Ottawa , Ontario K2A 3X9
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Ottawa-Gatineau
Distance from Major City: 0 (Located in Ottawa)
Phone: 613-820-9931x227
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 Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Natasha Ballen
Chief Psychologist: Connie Dalton
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
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: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Residents will also receive an additional $500 to be allocated towards professional development activities (e.g., attendance at conferences, therapy workshops, books)
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The primary method of training in the OICBT residency program is applied in nature, with an emphasis in gaining experience and training in the delivery of evidence-based therapy. Clinical contact includes a combination of screenings and assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy. Some of the individual therapy cases are conducted within the context of specific programs at the OICBT (i.e., Home and Community-Based Program, Intensive OCD and Anxiety Clinic, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program, Virtual Reality Therapy Program). Residents are thus provided with broad training in evidence-based practice with a diverse client population presenting with a range of diagnoses, symptoms, and levels of acuity. In addition to clinical work, residents’ days are also spent in individual supervision, group supervision, provision of supervision to a practicum student, and educational and didactic seminars. Opportunities for ad-hoc clinical consultation and collaboration with members of our multidisciplinary clinical staff are provided. During their training year residents will also complete comprehensive report writing and gain experience in program development.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations The Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR) Internship Program at the University of Ottawa offers external community-based placements to residents. Two of these placements are offered at the OICBT in order to enrich and broaden their training experience outside of the university training center (e.g., for exposure to intensive DBT programming in a community setting). OICBT residents interact with CPSR residents when placed in the same service. OICBT and CPSR residents also together attend didactic training sessions, group supervision meetings, and multidisciplinary team meetings as appropriate to the training rotation.
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:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

All offers to interview with the OICBT will be made on Friday, December 3, 2021, by email. Interviews will be held on the following dates: Monday, January 10, 2022; Friday, January 14, 2022; and Monday, January 17, 2022. Interviews are typically one hour in length and are attended by the Director of Training and 1-2 additional supervising psychologists. Every effort is made to ensure that a potential supervisor is present during the interview. Applicants will also be offered the opportunity to speak with a past and/or current resident. Please note that due to COVID-19 all interviews for the OICBT residency program for 2022-2023 will be virtual (phone or videoconferencing).

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 Ottawa, Memorial University, University of Windsor
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: Yes
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Not 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:
Program Description

The Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (OICBT) is a private practice located in Westboro, Ottawa that endorses a scientist-practitioner approach to training that includes the delivery of cognitive-behavioural therapies. Our residency program is part of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP). We offer three unaccredited (application in progress) predoctoral residency positions with the opportunity to gain experience in a community-based private practice.

Residents will complete three rotations throughout the duration of their residency. This includes two 12-month primary rotations and one 12-month (~1 day/week) secondary rotation.

  • The two 12-month primary rotations include the Mood and Anxiety Disorders rotation and one of the following: The DBT Group therapy Program or the Intensive Day Treatment Program (for Anxiety, PTSD, & OCD).
  • The one 12-month secondary rotation includes one of the following options: Adult ADHD, Business Development, CBT Group Therapy program (i.e., Changing Core Beliefs), Virtual Reality program, Concurrent Disorders, Health Psychology, Women’s Mental Health, or Couples Therapy (when available).

Additional core training experiences include the completion of comprehensive assessments, supervision of a practicum student, and program development/evaluation. Professional development and training in CBT is offered throughout the residency year within the context of our internal and external CBT training programs and workshop series. We are committed to preparing residents to become psychologists under supervised practice through training in core competencies of assessment, intervention, consultation, program evaluation/development, interpersonal relationships (e.g., therapeutic relationships), professional standards and ethics, diversity and individual differences, and supervision.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Other: Intensive Outpatient Program


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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
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Number of applicants invited for interviews:
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Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs:
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs:
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Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
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
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1 0
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 0 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 0 1 0
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