Application Materials and Deadlines
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Interview and Selection Procedures
The Clinical Psychological Residency Program is open
to candidates enrolled in a doctoral training program in psychology. Preference will be given to candidates registered at
CPA or APA accredited clinical psychology or clinical
neuropsychology doctoral programs, although applicants from non-accredited
programs may also apply. Applicants from non-accredited programs
will be required to demonstrate their program’s equivalency to
accredited programs. Prior to beginning the residency, applicants
must have completed all of the requirements of their doctoral
program except for the dissertation, including a minimum total of
600 practicum hours. Practicum hours include a minimum of 300
direct client contact hours, which may be any combination of
intervention and assessment, as well as supervision and support hours
(no minimums required for these activities). It is anticipated
that candidates applying to the General Stream will have a
relatively greater number of intervention hours, whereas candidates
applying to the Neuropsychology Stream will have a relatively
greater number of assessment hours. Applicants are strongly
encouraged to have their dissertation data collection / analysis
completed prior to beginning their residency.
Applications are initially reviewed by the Training
Director, and sorted for a comprehensive review by program faculty
with expertise in the primary major area of interest stated by the applicant
in their cover letter (i.e., an applicant wishing to complete a
primary major rotation in Forensic
Psychology will be reviewed by faculty within the Forensic
Program). Applications are then thoroughly reviewed and rated based on many
factors including (in no particular order), breadth and depth of
assessment and treatment experience (particularly in areas related
to the top three rotations as indicated by the applicant in their
cover letter), relevant didactic training
(e.g., coursework, workshops attended), progress toward completion
of their doctoral degree (e.g., dissertation status, with higher
ratings given to those who have their proposal approved and data
collection underway at the time of application), letters of
recommendation, research experience, quality of writing samples
(e.g., essays on the APPIC application), and other information from
the application materials. Note that applicants are not
ranked based on the raw number of practicum hours reported in the
APPIC application, as long as the minimum required hours have been
completed (in other words, additional practicum hours will not
necessarily confer an advantage to applicants).
well-rounded candidate across these various areas is preferred.
Applications are then rank ordered based on their global file review
ratings as part of the interview selection process. During
interviews, candidates will be evaluated based on their answers to
various clinical and ethical questions posed, as well as faculty’s
impressions regarding interpersonal and communication skills;
capacity to think 'on the spot', etc.
The St. Joseph’s Healthcare Predoctoral Clinical
Psychology Residency Training Program is committed to offering equal
opportunity employment and encourages applications from all
qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, cultural or
ethnic background, gender, sexual preference, and disability. The
program will make all efforts to ensure program access to those with
disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of the physical site and
by making further necessary accommodations on a case-by-case basis
through liaison with the Director of Training.
Materials and Deadlines
The residency begins
on the first working day in September and ends on the last working
day in August. The deadline for receipt of applications is
November 15, 2012.
register for the internship Match, using the online registration
system on the Match website:
Applications are to be
submitted via the AAPI Online Centralized Application
No printed documents are to be mailed directly to our program.
The AAPI Online may be
by clicking on “AAPI Online”.
materials must be included in the AAPI
- A cover letter that clearly indicates the applicant's training and
career goals, their preferences for top three rotation choices, and the
reasons behind these choices. Please read the information below for more
instructions regarding content of the cover letter.
At St. Joseph's
Healthcare, Hamilton, we emphasize both depth of training within an area of
primary interest, as well as breadth of training. Residents in the General
Internship stream typically complete a primary major rotation (ranked #1),
which represents an area in which they have achieved some experience and skill
and wish to extend and refine those skills. Residents also complete a
secondary major rotation (ranked #2) which may represent an additional
area of depth training or an area of breadth training. Most residents also
complete a minor rotation (ranked #3) which is typically an area of
breadth training. Depending on interests and experience, some residents
will complete a double major, with equal training experience in two substantive
major rotations across the year. Applicants with an equal level of
interest in two primary major rotations should indicate this preference in the
Applicants are encouraged to explain how they have prepared to undertake
depth training, for example, highlighting relevant course work and indicating
the number of clients with relevant clinical presentations they have treated and
with what modality of intervention (e.g., an individual applying to complete a
major rotation in anxiety disorders will be expected to have had some experience
working with an anxiety population within a CBT framework). Applicants are
also encouraged to elaborate on their rationale behind choices for breadth of
training, and how this relates to knowledge and skills acquired to date and to
Neuropsychology Stream. Residents in the Neuropsychology Stream
will complete a primary major rotation in Clinical Neuropsychology as well as
one additional rotation. Given the flexible nature of our training
program, based on the experience and individual goals of the resident, the
second rotation may be fairly substantive or more of a minor experience.
Applicants wishing to apply to the Neuropsychology Stream should state this intention in the cover letter.
Neuropsychology Stream applicants should indicate their top two choices for
breadth rotations, and explain their rationale for seeking additional or new
training in these areas.
Research. Residents are provided with a half day per week of
protected time for research and are required to present at least one research
poster at a local event during the residency year. Residents may use this
time to work on dissertation related research, or get involved in ongoing
research projects at St. Joseph's. Residents may wish to work on research
being conducted within their area of clinical interest, or may seek out research
opportunities with supervisors in other rotations. As such, all
applicants are asked to discuss their research interests and ideas of how
they would like to spend their research time during residency in the context of
the cover letter.
- A Curriculum Vitae (including education, clinical experience, research experience, administrative experience, workshops and seminars taken, awards and scholarships, publications, presentations, committees, editorial experience, etc)
- APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI, which includes the DCT's verification of eligibility and readiness)
- All graduate transcripts
- Three letters of reference, at least one of which is from a supervisor familiar with the applicant's academic skills, and at least one from a supervisor familiar with the applicant's clinical skills.
Applicants are welcome (but not required) to ask their
referees to prepare letters according guidelines from the Canadian Council of
Professional Psychology Programs (www.ccppp.ca/en/letters-guidelines.html).
Standard reference letter format is also acceptable. Note that the program may contact referees who provide letters or who are listed on applicant CVs to obtain further information.
In accordance with APPIC policy, St. Joseph's Healthcare,
Hamilton no longer requires submission of a supplemental application
Questions regarding the application materials should be directed
Dr. Heather McNeely
Applicants selected for interview may be asked to provide examples
of clinical writing (de-identified integrative reports).
Phone: (905) 522-1155 ext. 36422
Successful candidates will be required to produce documentation
of up to date immunizations (including MMR and varicella) as well as 2-step tuberculosis
skin test results upon beginning the residency and may be required
to complete a standard Police Check (these documents should
not be submitted with the application).
Privacy and Application Materials
In accordance with federal privacy legislation (Personal
Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act - http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/P-8.6/ )
you should be aware that we are committed to only collecting
the information in your application that is required to process
your application. This information is secured within Psychological
Services at St. Joseph's Healthcare and is shared only with those
individuals involved in the evaluation of your internship application.
If you are not matched with our program, your personal information
is destroyed within four months of Match Day. If you are
matched with our internship program, your application and CV
will be kept for up to 10 years, and will be available only to
those involved in your supervision and training including your
rotation supervisors, the Director of Training, and
relevant administrative support staff.
Interview and Selection Procedures
The Clinical Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s
Healthcare follows the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and
Internship Centers (APPIC) Match Policies in the selection of residents,
which can be found on the APPIC web site at www.appic.org. This
residency 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 resident applicant.
Code Numbers for the APPIC Match:
General Internship: 184611
Neuropsychology Stream: 184612
Candidates who have been selected for an interview will be notified
by December 7, 2012.
Interviews will take place on the following dates:
Monday, January 7, 2013
January 10, 2013
January 15, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Although an in-person interview is preferable, it is not
required. In cases where an in-person interview is not feasible, a
telephone interview will be scheduled in advance. For those
applicants who are able to attend an on-site interview, there will
be a group orientation session with the Director of the Residency Program
and other applicants, two individual interviews with at two members of the training faculty and
an opportunity to meet informally with several (if not all) of the current residents. The total duration of the visit is expected to take half a day, either one morning or one afternoon overlapping the lunch hour. Those who participate in a telephone interview will speak by phone with the Director and at least two other faculty members, and will be provided with contact information of current residents. Details of the interview day will be distributed to individuals selected to attend.
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