Department : Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1882
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Kinark Child and Family Services
Department: Psychology
Address: 7271 Warden Avenue
Markham, Ontario L3R5X5
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Toronto
Distance from Major City: 20 miles from mid-town Toronto
Phone: 905-621-2270
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Psychology Department
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Kofi-Len Belfon
Chief Psychologist: Laurel Johnson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 14
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 09/03/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 43000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Resident training goals are jointly developed with their supervisors during the first few weeks of their program. This process, along with their selection of minor rotation, will influence their daily schedule. That said, most weeks consist of a balance of individual and group therapy, assessment, consultation, supervision, and training/didactics. We provide approximately 14 hours of direct service to our residents weekly.
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2024 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Optional
A Virtual Interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/01/2024
Tentative interview date: 01/15/2024
Interview process description:

Application and acceptance procedures follow the guidelines provided by the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centres (APPIC). The Training Director and Professional Practice Leader select interview candidates soon after the application deadline of November 15, 2024. We will notify applicants whether or not they have been selected for an interview on our interview notification date of December 1, 2024. Interviews will be arranged between the second and third weeks of January. Interviews will be conducted over the virtual platform “Zoom," with an optional in-person interview available. The interview is conducted by the Training Director and two psychologists (i.e., the Selection Committee) who are from areas of interest to the applicant and who will likely act as the applicant’s supervisors. To help applicants prepare for the interview, about the interview content will be provided in the interview letter of offer. Applicants may request to meet with specific staff in order to obtain further information about the program following the interview process.

When ranking applicants post-interview, the Selection Committee takes into account the goodness of fit between the applicant’s experience, training, and theoretical orientation with the training experiences offered within Kinark’s Doctoral Residency Program. Our aim is to help residents to build upon their existing strengths, as well as to gain expertise in areas with which they have had less experience. 

We will take part in APPIC’s computerized matching on selection day, which is February 16, 2024.  The chosen residents may choose to come for a site visit after the match, but this is not required.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: McGill University - Educational and Counselling Psychology Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) - Applied Psychology and Human Development
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 application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
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 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: At this time, full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment at Kinark. A vulnerable persons sector check and police background check is also required.
Program Description

The Doctoral Residency Program in Child Clinical Psychology at Kinark provides clinical training for doctoral-level psychology students through a scientist-practitioner model. As such, the clinical practices at Kinark are evidence-based and clinical decisions are data-driven. The aim of the program is to prepare residents for independent practice as professional and ethical psychologists working with complex children, youth, and families. 

We strive to support residents to become critical thinkers in their approach to assessment, case formulation, differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment application. Residents will learn effective clinical interviewing strategies that enable the collection of the key clinical information necessary for individualized case formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Evidence-based intervention practices include, but are not limited to, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Specific interventions offered at Kinark also include the Unified Protocol (UP) for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (Children and Adolescents), Stop Now and Plan (SNAP), and the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). As measurement-based care is a hallmark of Kinark, residents will learn how to use data to inform their clinical decision-making, using both pre-post measurements, but also session-by-session progress monitoring assessments. 

Residents will work on an interdisciplinary team, comprised of child and youth workers, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists, and will learn how to effectively and professionally collaborate within a community mental health team environment. Residents will be assigned to clinical teams who provide service to complex child, youth, and families on an outpatient basis, but also to youth who reside in our 24/7 live in treatment program. In order to ensure that residents’ training needs are met, individualized training plans will be developed collaboratively between the resident and supervisor(s), considering the resident’s prior experience, skill, and interest. 

While direct clinical care is an important learning medium, residents will also gain a breadth of knowledge attending educational seminars and workshops, as well as having the opportunity to participate in research activities. Competency-based clinical supervision; however, is considered to be paramount to clinical skill development at Kinark. This supervision model supports the resident to increase their practice competency substantially and quickly by conducting baseline evaluations, setting collaborative practice goals, and then submitting weekly session tapes that are rated by the clinical supervisor using a standardized assessment tool. Clinical supervisors offer targeted instruction to meet the resident’s practice goals. As the resident becomes more skilled, supervision becomes more consultative. Residents will also be afforded opportunities to develop their own supervisory skills that will prepare them to take on such roles in the future. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Toddlers: Yes
Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Low income:
People without housing:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy:
Long-term Psychotherapy:
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:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Forensics/Corrections: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: 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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Research: 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 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 20 18
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 17 15
Total number of interns: 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 2
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 (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 1 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 1 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: