Pre-doctoral Residency in Psychology
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Pre-doctoral Residency in Psychology

Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium (WRPC)

The Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium has been formed by a consortium of four partners including Lutherwood, the host agency, the University of Waterloo’s Campus Wellness and Centre for Mental Health Research, and the Waterloo Region District School Board. Together, we are able to offer four full time residency positions, two working primarily with adults, and two working primarily with children and adolescents. Joint child and adult track placements are also available. Our first group of residents joined us in September, 2013, and we are now entering our fourth year of operation.

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The training program develops clinicians to be capable of sound, independent professional functioning in the provision of psychological assessment, psychotherapy and consultation. It builds on the base of knowledge and experience that residents have already begun to establish in graduate school and in previous placements.

The consortium settings offer opportunities for residents to develop and hone their skills in working with severe and complex clients across a wide age range. We encourage the development of clinical understanding within a variety of theoretical orientations, with a particular emphasis on cognitive-behavioural, dialectical behaviour and systemic perspectives.

We make every effort to individualize residents’ training opportunities to suit their particular interests and needs, and provide the degree of supervision necessary to facilitate gradually increasing independence while managing complex cases effectively.

Psychological services at the consortium partners are regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario and are offered in accordance with the relevant legislative acts and professional standards, guidelines, and codes of ethics. Although not yet accredited, our residency conforms with CPA guidelines. We have applied for accreditation through CPA, and our self-study has been submitted. 

For information on eligibility and application requirements, please see pages 16-18 of the Residency Guide. More detailed information about our policies and procedures, is available in our Policy and Procedures Manual.

We are members of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs and are listed in their Internship Directory.

Application to the consortium may be made through AAPI online. Deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 residency year is November 7, 2016. Candidates will be notified about their selection for interviews on December 2, 2016.