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 the first Wednesday in September, and conclude August 31 of the following year (start and end dates may be earlier some years, based on scheduling of IBI training). This internship opportunity offers an annual stipend of $31,800.
1. Autism Specialty Services: Toronto Partnership for Autism Service (TPAS) Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) rotation
Duration: 1 year, 2 days per week
During the IBI rotation in the TPAS division, interns will spend their first 6 months developing their autism intervention skills in the area of Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI). Interns will spend their second 6 months developing their assessment and consultation competencies. Supervisors primarily have a behavioural orientation to treatment.
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.
2. Autism Specialty Services: TPAS Eligibility Screening rotation
Duration: 1 year, 1 day per week
In the Eligibility Screening rotation, interns will conduct screenings of children referred to the TPAS pro-gram. The intern will work under the supervision of a registered psychologist, and learn to conduct screenings using standardized psychological tools. This rotation provides the unique opportunity to interact with a very high number of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. This rotation provides rich opportunities to meet with a wide range of families from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
3. Developmental Services: Child Rotation
Duration: 6 months, 2 days per week
In the Child rotation, interns will work under the supervision of a registered psychologist, and will have the opportunity to work with the parents and families of children with developmental disabilities. Supervisors either have a primarily psychodynamic or cognitive/behavioural orientation to treatment. The interns will be assigned a rotation with young and school-age children, or school-age children up to eighteen years, presenting with wide variety of diagnostic concerns. The Child Rotation opportunities will vary depending on the assignment of younger or older child age groupings. Opportunities include developmental, behavioural, and psychological assessments and interventions. Some children will require comprehensive diagnostic assessments for children who have, or are suspected to have, developmental delay / disability. Clients include children with genetic and chromosomal disorders including Down syndrome, Fragile X, rare neuro-developmental disorders such as Norrie Disease; neuron degenerative diseases such as Tay-Sachs; 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 for parents, and psychological consultation at home, school or to community agencies. The interns may also have the opportunity to function as part of an interdisciplinary FASD team to provide comprehensive diagnoses and consultation, working alongside developmental pediatrics, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, audiology, behaviour therapy, and service coordination, in providing service to children. A variety of research opportunities are also available.
4. Developmental Services: Adult rotation
Duration: 6 months, 2 days per week
In Adult Services, interns will work under the supervision of a registered psychologist, and will work with adults 18 years of age and over with a variety of developmental disabilities in the areas of assessment and counseling. Supervisors employ a range of orientations including cognitive/behavioural, systems, and eclectic approaches to treatment. 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. This rotation will prepare students to work with clients having a variety of disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, introduce them to working on a multi-disciplinary team, and collaboration with community partners. An opportunity to work with a clinical videoconferencing program which provides services to remote northern Ontario communities is also possible. A variety of research opportunities also exist.
The rotations will result in an 80/20 child/adult split. Applicants with stronger interests in adults are invited to apply and consideration can be given to making the rotations 60/40 child/adult split. A second adult rotation may be substituted in place of the Child rotation.
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, and have a behavioural orientation in their approach to treatment.
Please make your application through the APPI Online registration site, at www.APPIC.org by November 25, 2016.
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.