Program Structure

The Psychology Residency includes training and supervision that optimizes the learning experience of every resident and brings them closer to becoming psychologists. Alongside other psychology practicum students, residents will learn about the psychology profession through clinical rotations and supervision from a registered psychologist. All residencies are allotted time per week in accordance with CPA Accreditation Standards. Annual stipends are $40,000.00 per resident. Read below for more details.

Clinical Rotation

The Residency offers 2 rotations spanning the full training year (12 months). Both Surrey Place Psychology Residents will have a 2 day a week Child Rotation, as well as a 2 day a week Adult Rotation. Additionally, both Residents will have 1 day a week reserved for didactics/research/supervision.  

  1. Child Rotation (2 days per week) In the Child Rotation, Residents have the opportunity to work with the parents and families of children with various developmental disabilities. Residents will work with children across the age span (0 – 18) in primarily the Autism Program (ASD focus) or in the Children and Youth Program (ID/DD focus). 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. 
  1. Adult Rotation (2 days per week) In Adult Services, Residents 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), Residents 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 resident. This “Layered Supervision” consists of a Registered Psychologist supervising the Resident who supervises a psychology practicum student. Furthermore, the residents will meet with the Residency Director of Training (Residency Coordinator) on a weekly basis. This is a scheduled meeting which provides the opportunity for the Residents 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.

Time Allocation

The allocation of the Resident’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 Residents’ 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


The Surrey Place Psychology Residency has a hybrid model of clinical work, with residents working on site at 2 Surrey Place for a minimum of 3 – 4 days per week. Surrey Place Psychology Residents share a large office with the psychology practicum students. Each Resident 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 Residency positions, and the program offers an annual stipend of $40,000.00 per position. This stipend includes 4% pay in lieu of paid vacation. Residents are allotted 10 working days of vacation over the 12 months. Additionally, Residents are provided with five additional paid professional development days and one week of paid transition days at the end of residency.

By 2 months

Has your baby had their hearing screened? YES NO

By 6 months

Does the child?

Startle in response to loud noises? YES NO
Turn to where a sound is coming from? YES NO
Make different cries for different needs (hungry, tired)? YES NO
Watch your face as you talk? YES NO
Smile/laugh in response to your smiles and laughs? YES NO
Imitate coughs or other sounds such as ah, eh, buh YES NO

By 9 months

Does the child?

Respond to their name? YES NO
Respond to the telephone ringing or a knock at the door? YES NO
Understand being told no? YES NO
Get what they want through using gestures (reaching to be picked up)? YES NO
Play social games with you (Peek-a-Boo)? YES NO
Enjoy being around people? YES NO
Babble and repeat sounds such as babababa or duhduhduh? YES NO

By 12 months

Does the child?

Follow simple one-step directions (sit down)? YES NO
Look across the room to a toy when adult points at it? YES NO
Consistently use three to five words? YES NO
Use gestures to communicate (waves hi/bye, shakes head for no)? YES NO
Get your attention using sounds, gestures and pointing while looking at your eyes? YES NO
Bring you toys to show you? YES NO
Perform for social attention and praise? YES NO
Combine lots of sounds together as though talking (abada baduh abee)? YES NO
Show an interest in simple picture books? YES NO

By 18 months

Does the child?

Understand the meaning of in and out, off and on? YES NO
Point to more than 2 body parts when asked? YES NO
Use at least 20 words consistently? YES NO
Respond with words or gestures to simple questions (Where's teddy? What's that?)? YES NO
Demonstrate some pretend play with toys (gives teddy bear a drink, pretends a bowl is a hat)? YES NO
Make at least four different consonant sounds (p ,b, m, n, d, g, w, h)? YES NO
Enjoy being read to and sharing simple books with you? YES NO
Point to pictures using one finger? YES NO

By 2 years

Does the child?

Follow two-step directions (Go find your teddy bear and show it to Grandma.)? YES NO
Use 100 to 150 words? YES NO
Use at least two pronouns (you, me, mine)? YES NO
Consistently combine two to four words in short phrases (Daddy hat. Truck go down.)? YES NO
Enjoy being around other children? YES NO
Begin to offer toys to other children and imitate other children's actions and words? YES NO
Use words that are understood by others 50 to 60 per cent of the time? YES NO
Form words or sounds easily and without effort? YES NO
Hold books the right way up and turn the pages? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 30 months

Does the child?

Understand the concepts of size (big/little) and quantity (a little/a lot, more)? YES NO
Use some adult grammar (two cookies, bird flying, I jumped)? YES NO
Use over 350 words? YES NO
Use action words such as run, spill, fall? YES NO
Participate in some turn-taking activities with peers, using both words and toys? YES NO
Demonstrate concern when another child is hurt or sad? YES NO
Combine several actions in play (puts blocks in the train and drives the train, drops the blocks off.)? YES NO
Put sounds at the beginning of most words? YES NO
Use words with two or more syllables or beats (ba-na-na, com-pu-ter, a-pple)? YES NO
Recognize familiar logos and signs involving print (Stop sign)? YES NO
Remember and understand familiar stories? YES NO

By 3 years

Does the child?

Understand who, what, where and why questions? YES NO
Create long sentences using five to eight words? YES NO
Talk about past events (trip to grandparents house, day at child care)? YES NO
Tell simple stories? YES NO
Show affection for favourite playmates? YES NO
Engage in multi-step pretend play (pretending to cook a meal, repair a car)? YES NO
Talk in a way that most people outside of the family understand what she/he is saying most of the time? YES NO
Have an understanding of the function of print (menus, lists, signs)? YES NO
Show interest in, and awareness of, rhyming words? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 4 years

Does the child?

Follow directions involving three or more steps (First get some paper, then draw a picture and give it to Mommy)? YES NO
Use adult type grammar? YES NO
Tell stories with a beginning, middle and end? YES NO
Talk to try and solve problems with adults and with other children? YES NO
Show increasingly complex imaginary play? YES NO
Talk in a way that is understood by strangers almost all the time? YES NO
Generate simple rhymes (cat-bat)? YES NO
Match some letters with their sounds (letter b says buh, letter t says tuh)? YES NO