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There are two Predoctoral Psychology Residency Programs at Hamilton Health Sciences, each with separate brochures available (see below): 

  1. Clinical Child Psychology (three positions:  two in the General Track, one in the Autism Track)
  2. Clinical Neuropsychology (two positions)  

The Residency Programs at HHS are currently accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

Both the Clinical Child Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Programs have been accredited for 6-year terms with the CPA (2015-2016 until 2021-2022).  Further information on Accreditation can be obtained from the CPA Accreditation Office - 141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3, 1-888-472-0657, or online at: http://www.cpa.ca/accreditation/whatis/


In the Predoctoral Psychology Residency programs, Residents are exposed to a range of patient populations and intervention approaches through their participation on interdisciplinary teams.  This breadth and depth is an attractive attribute of the Predoctoral Residency Programs at Hamilton Health Sciences.

All Residents in the Clinical Child Psychology Residency complete core requirements in the Child and Youth Mental Health Outpatient Service, in addition to minor core requirements in the Inpatient Unit, Emergency Department, and Developmental Pediatrics. The Resident in the ASD track completes a core experience in the Autism Spectrum Disorder Service.

 

Visit to read the story from one of our 2017-2018 Clinical Child Psychology residents.

The Clinical Neuropsychology Residents are assigned to primary rotations in the Acquired Brain Injury Program, the Integrated Stroke Program - Rehabilitation Unit, and in the Adult Consultation Neuropsychology Service.  Additional rotations outside of their core requirements are negotiated on an individual basis so that each Resident can select experiences that meet their particular needs and goals. Diverse opportunities are offered depending on the Resident’s knowledge base and supervisor availability in a given year. See brochure for more details on each of the programs’ structure.

The Predoctoral Psychology Residency Programs provide a supervised opportunity for the integrated application of the theoretical, clinical, professional, and ethical knowledge and skills acquired during graduate training. Residents are expected to develop core competence in the assessment and treatment of patients with a range of psychiatric, developmental, medical, learning, neurological, behavioural, and emotional difficulties, and more highly developed and independent skills in evidence-based treatment approaches. Supervision in the acquisition and refinement of assessment, formulation, and therapeutic skills is available in behavioural, psychodynamic, cognitive, family, group, neuropsychological, and rehabilitation principles and techniques. Residents are exposed to the work of Psychologists on interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient teams and have the opportunity to develop skills collaborating with health care professionals from other disciplines, schools, and community agencies.  During their residency year, Residents are expected to see patients from diverse cultural backgrounds.  They also participate in teaching, research and supervision experiences along with seminar series involving case formulation and didactic presentations and on ethical and professional standards.

Funding for the Resident positions is currently $39,800 for the year.  Residents are entitled to 10 paid vacation days and 12 paid statutory holidays, in lieu of benefits.  Residents are provided with dedicated office space and technology and current professional assessment materials and equipment.

Applicants are required to complete the standard on-line APPIC application. This site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any rank-related information from any applicant. Applications are due by November 1st.

As part of accreditation, residency sites are required to disclose information about the application and selection process over the last 7 years. Please see the information provided below for more information. 

 

Pre-Doctoral Residency in Clinical Child Psychology:

Academic Year/ Cohort 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Positions 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3
Applications 46 75 50 49 57 57 70 62
Interviewed 24 27 29 26 27 27 31 29
Ranked 22 26 24 23 24 23 27 23
Matched 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3
Matched as % Applications 7% 4% 6% 6% 5% 5% 6% 5%
Of those who Matched:  
Males 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Self-Identifyas Diverse 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
From Outside of Ontario 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3
From Outside of Canada 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Mean Practicum Hours on AAPI Assessment & Intervention 1,061 792 642 807 681 687 708 654
Supervision 397 380 313 402 441 356 279 259
Support/Indirect 1,098 922 756 1,228 1,486 1,161 1,372 1,145
Mean Total Practicum Hours 2,556 2,094 1,711 2,437 2,608 2,204 2,359 2,059
Residency Stipend $36,000 $36,000 $39,473 $39,474 $39,868 $39,868 $39,868 $39,868

 

Pre-Doctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology:

Academic Year/ Cohort 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Positions 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Applications 21 15 34 37 27 21 55
Interviewed 12 12 20 24 14 10 22
Ranked 12 9 14 18 12 9 18
Matched 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Matched as % Applications 10% 13% 6% 5% 7% 10% 4%
Of those who Matched:  
Males 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Self-Identifyas Diverse 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
From Outside of Ontario 1 0 2 2 2 1 2
From Outside of Canada 0 0 2 2 0 1 2
Mean Practicum Hours on AAPIAssessment &                      Intervention 418 528 818 1132 452 794 1010
Supervision 270 177 238 466 370 328 294
Support/Indirect 1003 908 811 1219 894 714 1417
Mean Total Practicum Hours 1691 1613 1867 2817 1716 1836 2721
Residency Stipend $36,000 $39,000 $39,474 $39,868 $39,868 $39,868 $39,868

  

      Contacts:

Clinical Child Psychology Residency Program:
Dr. Jacqueline Roche, Director of Training
905-521-2100 - ext. 75688 rochejac@hhsc.ca

Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Program:
Dr. Kathy Smolewska, Director of Training
905-521-2100 - ext. 46872 smolewska@hhsc.ca

For practicum placements, please contact:
Dr. Katie Lok, Practicum Placement Coordinator
905-521-2100 – ext. 77341  lokk@hhsc.ca

Content revised:  January 17, 2018   dlz/JMcT

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