The Psychology Internship Program includes training and supervision that optimizes the learning experience of every intern and brings them closer to becoming psychologists. Alongside other psychology practicum students, interns will learn about the psychology profession through clinical rotations and supervision from a registered psychologist. All internships are allotted time per week in accordance with CPA Accreditation Standards. Annual stipends are $31,800.00 per position. Read below for more details.
The Internship program offers 2 rotations spanning the full training year (12 months). Both Surrey Place Psychology Interns will have a 2 day a week Child Rotation, as well as a 2 day a week Adult Rotation. Additionally, both Interns will have 1 day a week reserved for didactics/research/supervision.
- Child Rotation (2 days per week) In the Child Rotation, Interns have the opportunity to work with the parents and families of children with various developmental disabilities. They will be assigned a rotation with primarily young (under 6) or school age children (6-17), yet if interested, they have the opportunity to work with children of any age across the Infancy and Children & Youth Programs. Individual play therapy, family therapy, group work, counselling with parents, assessments and consultation to the home, school and community agencies are all possible. Supervisors have a primarily psychodynamic/attachment-based orientation to treatment.
- Adult Rotation (2 days per week) In Adult Services, Interns will work with adults 18 years of age and over with a variety of developmental disabilities, in the areas of assessment and counseling. Assessment opportunities include cognitive and memory testing, risk and dementia assessments, and diagnostic assessments of mental health. Group and family counseling experience is also available. An opportunity to work within a clinical videoconferencing program which provides services to remote northern Ontario communities is also possible. Supervisors have a primarily cognitive/behavioural orientation to treatment.
Supervision and Mentorship
Along with the four hours of required supervision from supervising psychologists, (registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario), Interns are provided with the opportunity for peer supervision in various forms in each rotation, learning from each other and other staff.
Surrey Place is proud to offer a supervision opportunity for each psychology intern. This “Layered Supervision” consists of a Registered Psychologist supervising the Intern who supervises a psychology practicum student. Furthermore, the interns will meet with the Internship Director of Training (Internship Coordinator) on a weekly basis. This is a scheduled meeting which provides the opportunity for the Interns to voice any concerns about the program, as well as highlight the positives. In addition, the Director will provide supervision as it pertains to professional issues including, but not limited to; ethics and jurisprudence in Ontario, and future professional goals.
The allocation of the Intern’s time is based on the Guidelines provided by the CPA Accreditation Standards and is reflected in the chart below. No more than two-thirds of Interns’ time is spent in clinical practice. The time is further based on a work week of 36.25 hours per week and allows for holidays, vacation, and illness. The placement is full time, 5 days per week with time allotted to the various activities at the different rotations.
As previously cited, there are 5 paid days allocated for Education (workshops, conferences, graduate work/dissertation thesis defense) for a total of 36.25 hours.
- Clinical service, psychological assessment, intervention & consultation. Program development & evaluation 25.25 hours per week
- Primary Supervision withy individual rotation supervisors 2 hours
- Layered Supervision 1 hour
- Group Supervision 1 hour
- Internship Supervision (with Director of Training) 1 hour
- Client related research, educational groups, clinical rounds, videoconferences, etc. 6.5 hours
Surrey Place Psychology Interns share a large office with the psychology practicum students. Each Intern will have their own individual desk space – including computer with internet connection, and a private phone line. They also have access to bookable office space that can be reserved for individual assessments or therapy.
Benefits & Stipend
The overall training goals of the program are: There are two full-time Psychology Internship positions, and the program offers an annual stipend of $40,000.00 per position. This stipend includes 4% pay in lieu of paid vacation. Interns are allotted 10 working days of vacation over the 12 months. Additionally, Interns are provided with five additional paid professional development days and one week of paid transition days at the end of internship.