A 12 Month
in Clinical Psychology
As a psychology resident, you gain exposure to a wide variety of professional roles, client populations and patient problems. Our supervisors enjoy the opportunity to be role models for the practitioners of tomorrow. We are enthusiastic about introducing you to our Program, our Region and our city!
The Psychology Residency Program, established in 1982, is a twelve-month, accredited predoctoral residency in general clinical psychology. Our mission is to:
- Honour diversity by accepting qualified persons from all geographical regions, regardless of race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion or disability;
- Strive to attain unity in our profession by basing our training practices on national standards; and
- Endorse our profession’s scientific tradition by encouraging research and incorporating research-based clinical interventions in our program.
Psychology Residency Program - Description (.pdf)
Our mission is to provide a predoctoral residency in general clinical psychology to students from accredited clinical, university-based training programs. We have a total of five residency positions.
As a generalist program, we provide diverse supervised experiences, involving a variety of different professional roles, client populations, and patient problems. As supervisors, we wish to be inspiring role models in a wide range of settings, as we, in turn, benefit from the stimulation of educating the practitioners of tomorrow. As responsible members of our profession and community, we foster public well-being through our efforts in professional development, health promotion, and quality service provision.
Applicants to the psychology residency should be Ph.D. or Psy.D. students in accredited university-based, clinical psychology training programs who have completed the requirements for their doctorate (other than dissertation), and have been certified by their Director of Training as being ready for the full-year predoctoral residency.
In accordance with CPA and APA criteria, applicants should have had at least 600 hours of supervised experience prior to beginning the residency. Because this residency is general in scope and offers contact with clients ranging from infancy through late adulthood, it is desirable for applicants to have had some practicum experience with both children and adults.
Preference will be given to applicants who are Canadian citizens or who have landed immigrant status in Canada. Qualified U.S. applicants are invited to apply, and several U.S. applicants have been accepted as interns in the past.
Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy
The Psychology Residency Program welcomes diversity in its staff and interns, and does not discriminate on the basis of personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, culture, age, sex, sexual orientation, or religion. Otherwise qualified individuals are not subject to discrimination on the basis of disability. Persons with disabilities and members of visible or non-visible minorities are encouraged to apply for admission to the internship program, and to self-identify if they so desire.
As a member of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP), the Psychology Residency Program subscribes to its voluntary policies for uniform application. Essential elements are summarized below.
As a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the program adheres to APPIC's policies regarding applications, acceptance and notification, including the following:
This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
These policies are posted at APPIC: http://www.appic.org/. Match registration information for applicants is available by contacting National Matching Services at https://natmatch.com/psychint/applregister.html or (416) 977-3431.
Our program uses the on-line AAPI.
- Cover letter indicating applicant's plans and special interests in this program (e.g., rotations).
- Complete APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI), including certification of readiness by the applicant's academic Director of Training.
- Curriculum vita.
- Official transcripts of all graduate education.
Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant's background in psychology. One letter should be from either the Director of Training or primary research supervisor, speaking to the applicant's progress on the dissertation. The other letters should come from registered doctoral psychologists who have provided direct clinical supervision for the applicant's practicum experiences.
Please note that clinical supervisors' letters of reference regarding clinical work should follow the APPIC guidelines for letters of recommendation to residency.
Complete applications should be submitted to APPIC by November 15.
Interviews are conducted in January and include the opportunity to meet separately with each rotation coordinator of choice. The duration of each interview is approximately 30 minutes. Following a series of questions, candidates are provided with time for their questions about the residency. Candidates are also provided with the opportunity to speak confidentially with current interns at another time about their experiences on the residency.
Because of the expense for applicants, in-person interviews are not required. Telephone interviews are conducted at the expense of the residency. If an interest is expressed, applicants may also speak to other program supervisors with additional questions, at another time.
In-person interviews are also welcomed. These are arranged for applicants who wish to visit Saskatoon to learn more about the program. In addition to an interview in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, we will arrange visits to other site/rotations of interest to the applicant, so that these facilities can also be toured.
Memberships in and adherence to CCPPP and APPIC membership policy includes participation in the APPIC computer match processes, as described above.