Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium (WRPC)
The Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium formed to create a predoctoral residency in clinical psychology and is a partnership between four organizations for the 2023-24 training year:
- Lutherwood (the host agency for the consortium)
- Campus Wellness at the University of Waterloo
- The Waterloo Region District School Board
- Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
We welcomed our first cohort of residents in 2013, and achieved accreditation as an Internship in Professional Psychology by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in 2017 for a period of five years. We are in the process of seeking reaccreditation for an additional period, having submitted an application and participated in a site visit. We are currently awaiting feedback from the CPA Accreditation Panel (a decision that is expected in the fall of 2022). Based on preliminary feedback we are optimistic for a successful response and re-accreditation to remain in good standing.
For the 2023-2024 training year, with the approval of the CPA Accreditation Panel, our consortium is offering two full-time residency positions: one in our Adult Track, and one in our Child/Adolescent Track.
Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium (WRPC) recognizes the vital role of respect for diversity and the need for action to increase equity and anti-racism in our society at large. In particular, our program is committed to diversifying the field of psychology, including through efforts to recruit students with a wide range of backgrounds, identities and experiences, and through working to ensure our program and its associated training settings create a space where all staff and clients feel they are safe, valued, and they belong. We are on a journey of endeavoring to embed anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices into the fabric of our program at all levels. WRPC adheres to a robust suite of human rights, anti-harassment, and anti-discrimination policies and procedures, and is committed to an inclusive and accessible workplace and supports residents who require accommodations at all levels of the application and residency process.
The WRPC training program develops practitioners to be capable of sound, independent professional functioning in the provision of psychological assessment, intervention and consultation as well as supervision and research/evaluation. It builds on the base of knowledge and experience that residents have already begun to establish in graduate school and in previous placements.
The varied consortium settings offer opportunities for residents to develop and hone their skills working with clients with complex and serious challenges across a wide age range. We encourage the development of clinical understanding within a variety of theoretical orientations. Residents are expected to evaluate practice-related research and inform their clinical decisions with current evidence.
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 work effectively.
Psychological services at the consortium partner organizations 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.
As of April 2017, WRPC is accredited as an Internship in Professional Psychology by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and guidelines governing this accreditation can be found here. As noted above, WRPC is currently engaged in seeking reaccreditation for an additional period through the CPA.
The CPA Accreditation Office can be reached at:
Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5J3
Telephone: 613-237-2144 x 328 or 1-888-472-0657 x 328
For information on eligibility and application requirements, please see our Residency Guide (which provides much more detailed program information, including information related to the COVID-19 pandemic). Further specifics about our policies and procedures are 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. 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.
Deadline for applications to WRPC for the 2023-24 residency year is November 1, 2022. Candidates will be notified whether they have been selected for interviews on December 2, 2022, and interviews for selected applicants will take place between January 16th and 27th, 2023.