Surrey Place Centre is a community-based organization that provides a range of services including complex assessment, diagnostics and treatment for people living with developmental disabilities. We are dedicated to helping every client reach their potential – at every stage in life. With highly skilled staff and dedicated teams, we’re making a real difference through inspired leadership, service and research excellence, community collaboration and creative capacity building.
This internship position provides senior level doctoral students with training opportunities to enhance the development of the core competencies required for psychologists as declared in the Mutual Recognition Agreement of the Regulatory Bodies for Professional Psychology in Canada (2004). These opportunities include direct training in assessment, evaluation, intervention, consultation, and research. There are two fulltime internship positions, which typically begin in mid- August, and conclude one year later (exact start dates, based on scheduling of IBI training). This internship offers an annual stipend of $31,800.
1. Autism Specialty Services: Toronto Autism Services
Duration: 1 year, 2 days per week
Interns spend 2 days per week developing their skills working with children with autism, training to become competent direct instructor-therapists, learning techniques of IBI, and providing IBI to children in one of our centre based programs. In this training opportunity, interns will work one-to-one and in small groups with children, and be responsible for collecting, graphing, and interpreting treatment data. Interns will participate as a member of a team of therapists providing intervention to several children. Interns will learn how to translate psychological assessment findings into treatment and teaching goals. During the second half of this rotation, interns will participate in psychological and behavioural assessments and provide behavioural consultation to children, staff, and families. Clinical Supervisors primarily have a behavioural orientation to treatment. The interns will be part of the new and exciting Ontario Autism Program (OAP). They will learn about the policies and procedures involved in the creation of a new clinical service.
2. Developmental Services: Child & Adult Programs
Duration: 1 year, 2 days per week
In the Child rotation, interns will have the opportunity to work with the parents and families of children with developmental disabilities. The interns will be assigned a rotation with young children, or school-age children up to eighteen years. Clients include children with genetic and chromosomal disorders including Down syndrome, Fragile X, rare neuro-developmental disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorders; seizure disorders; auditory and visual impairment; and abuse and neglect. The clients’ and families’ needs are complex. The interns may also have the opportunity to provide individual therapy, family therapy, group work, counselling with parents, and psychological consultation at home, school or to community agencies.
In the Adult rotation, interns will work with adults 18 years of age and older with a variety of developmental disabilities in the areas of assessment and counseling. Assessment opportunities include cognitive and memory testing, dementia assessments, and diagnostic assessments of mental health. The setting will provide training and experience with differential diagnosis and dual diagnosis in this population. Interns will also have the opportunity to take on counseling cases and work with issues such as depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and anger management. Both group and family counseling experiences are available. An opportunity to work with a clinical videoconferencing program which provides services to remote northern Ontario communities is also possible.
In both the Child & the Adult programs, the interns may also have the opportunity to function as part of an interdisciplinary Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) team to provide comprehensive diagnoses and consultation, working alongside developmental pediatrics, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, audiology, behaviour therapy, and service coordination. Supervisors in the Developmental Services rotations may employ a range of orientations including cognitive/behavioural, systems, and psychodynamic/attachment and eclectic approaches to treatment.
The overall training goals of the Psychology Internship are:
- The development of competencies as a clinical psychologist in Assessment, Intervention, Consultation and Supervision.
- The development of psychology practice skills within a scientist practitioner model.
- Increase interns awareness of professional, ethical, cultural and diversity issues as well as relevant legislation.
- Provide experience and develop knowledge and skills in working in interdisciplinary teams.
We are looking for senior level doctoral candidates who have completed all doctoral coursework and practicum in assessment and intervention, ideally including assessment with children. Our ideal interns are knowledgeable about autism and developmental disabilities.
Please make your application through the APPI Online registration site at www.APPIC.org by November 1. Surrey Place National Matching Services Site # is 185511
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. Surrey Place Centre fosters diversity in the workplace and welcomes applicants from the communities we serve.