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.