KHSC Doctoral Residency in Adult Clinical Psychology

The Doctoral Residency in Adult Clinical Psychology is offered by Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), which is comprised of the Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital sites.  KHSC is affiliated with Queen’s University, a relationship that has earned the two institutions an international reputation for an innovative medical school, comprehensive research programs and leading practices in evidence-based care.

The Doctoral Residency in Adult Clinical Psychology is based on a scientist-practitioner model of training and prepares residents to become skilled independent scientist-practitioners in their year of supervised practice. The program provides a clinically supervised opportunity for residents to further develop and apply their theoretical, clinical, professional and ethical knowledge, in addition to skills acquired during their graduate training in clinical psychology.

As part of their core training, residents are expected to develop primary competencies in the areas of psychological and diagnostic assessment, case consultation and evidence-based treatment (e.g., individual, group, and couples) for populations with a range of psychiatric conditions.

Residents receive extensive supervision in acquiring assessment and case formulation skills as well as training in evidence-based therapy in a number of theoretical orientations (e.g., cognitive behavioural therapy, transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive remediation therapy etc.). Supervision is provided through both direct observation and audio recording of therapy sessions with in-depth feedback provided.

Residents have many opportunities to gain exposure to the clinical work of licensed psychologists and other multidisciplinary team members (e.g., psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, etc.). Residents will gain skills in working with diverse populations from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Program evaluation research is ongoing at the Hotel Dieu Hospital site and residents are invited to participate in projects during their training year. As part of the residency, an applied research project in program development or program evaluation is expected. Within the broader teaching hospital, there are a number of opportunities for continuing professional education through the Department of Psychiatry grand rounds, conferences, and invited workshops.

The major rotation is housed at the Hotel Dieu Hospital site in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic of the Adult Mental Health program. All minor rotations are listed in the Residency Brochure (see below) and are typically available provided that residents have the necessary educational background and a qualified supervisor is available. This allows residents the freedom to select experiences that meet their particular learning goals.

 

Residency Setting

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a city that consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named one of the top seven most intelligent communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). 

Known as the Limestone City, Kingston is where “history and innovation thrive.” Home to an estimated population of 170,898 (KEDCO, 2016), it is the second largest city in Eastern Ontario.  Situated on beautiful Lake Ontario, the city is equal distance from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa and is also in close proximity to where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kingston is a vibrant community with historical sites, university and colleges (including the Royal Military College), market square, theatres, major junior hockey team and excellent concert venue (K-Rock Centre). The Thousand Islands are within driving distance of the hospital sites.

Residency Positions and Stipend

The residency has one (1) position with a stipend set at $30,000 annually. A second position, which is currently unfunded, is available with the major rotation in the Adult Eating Disorders Program (the KHSC Residency is in the process of securing funding for the second position). Residents are provided with a dedicated office for seeing patients, phone and computer access, as well as a library of up-to-date professional assessment materials, psychometric questionnaires and treatment manuals and resources. The residency is a 12-month full-time equivalent position beginning on September 1 and ending August 31 for each calendar year.

Application Procedure

Please see the updated Residency Brochure (below) for details on the application process and the APPIC match number. Please e-mail the Training Director should you have inquiries about the residency and minor rotations. All applications are due by November 15 and include the following requirements:
• all graduate course work completed
• comprehensive exams completed
• minimum of 600 hours of clinical training, including 300 hours of direct assessment or intervention and 150 hours of supervision (note: this is a minimum requirement)
• completed dissertation proposal.

Accreditation

The KHSC Doctoral Residency in Adult Clinical Psychology is registered with the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP). The residency is unaccredited at this time.

Contact

Dr. Brad Mac Neil, C. Psych.
Training Director KHSC Predoctoral Residency in Adult Clinical Psychology
Adult Outpatient Psychiatry & Eating Disorders Programs
KHSC, Hotel Dieu Hospital Site
166 Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 613-521-2100 Ext. 2544
E-mail: macneib@hdh.kari.net