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Clinical Psychology Training

The Psychology Department offers training opportunities in clinical psychology, including practicum positions, internship/residency, and post-doctoral fellowships. All positions are based on-site at the BC Children's Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre.
The Psychology Department at BC Children's Hospital was awarded Best Practicum Site for 2017 and 2021 from the University of British Columbia

The Department of Psychology at BC Children's Hospital offers four formal senior practicum positions. The positions begin in September and are of 10 - 12 months in duration (i.e. ending either in June, or extending through July/August, with a minimum commitment of 10 months). 

The end date is flexible due to the high interest of ongoing clinical experiences during the summer months. Applicants should have completed their masters' degree from a CPA accredited program, have some prior, formal experience working with children and youth (supervised by a registered psychologist), and have completed a Child Assessment course. The positions require the commitment of a minimum of two days on site.

General practicum positions (2 positions available): The positions may be individually tailored to the applicant's training needs, and can cover a wide range of interests, inclusive of both: mental health and pediatrics (medical psychology), assessment and intervention, inpatient/outpatient. In addition to clinical variety, the students are exposed to all that an academic medical facility has to offer, with regard to teaching didactics, clinical rounds and seminars/workshops. 

Practicum students are welcome to attend and participate in the majority of the training didactic opportunities that are offered to our clinical psychology residents and fellows. For example, our practicum students are invited to attend a two day workshop on play therapy, in addition to seminars on a variety of additional topics such as: 1) Ethics, 2) Assessment, 3) Supervision, 4) Psychopharmacology, 5) Psychosis, and 6) Diversity.

Neuropsychiatry (1 position available): An advanced/senior psychology practicum is available in the neuropsychiatry clinic, with a primary focus on evidence-based treatment for children and youth with mental health concerns in the context of neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism, intellectual disability, and/or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Neuropsychology (1 position available): The populations seen are quite varied and include children with epilepsy, those referred for pre- and post-surgical assessments, children seen through oncology/hematology, biochemical diseases, transplant, and acute acquired/traumatic brain injury cases, amongst others. Only advanced practicum students in neuropsychology are accepted.

The practicum placements adhere to the Lower Mainland notification day, and standard application deadlines.

Information about the application deadline and notification date will be posted in Fall 2023.

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter,
  2. Two letters of recommendation, and
  3. CV

Those students applying for the neuropsychology practicum should also include a sample neuropsychology report. All applications can be submitted to:

Dr. Emily Piper

Director of Training, Department of Psychology

British Columbia's Children's Hospital

950 West 28th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

(604) 875-2793

The pre-doctoral internship (referred to as "residency" in the BC Children's Hospital Psychology Department) provides training in psychological assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of children and youth with a wide range of acute and chronic medical and mental health conditions. 

This includes providing support to children and their families who are experiencing challenges such as coping with pain and loss, adjusting to physical or mental disability, dealing with the stress of illness and injury, and understanding how medical conditions affect family relationships.

The residency/internship program at BC Children's Hospital is a clinical psychology program accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. It was reaccredited in 2017/2018 for six years, with the next site visit expected to occur within the 2023/2024 academic year.

The CPA Accreditation Office

Canadian Psychological Association

141 Laurier Avenue, Ouest/West, #702

Ottawa, Ontario

K1P 5J3

Tel: (613) 237-2144 x333

Toll Free in Canada: 1 (800) 472-0657 x33

Fax: (613) 237-1674




The application deadline is November 1, 2023. For more information, please see:

Clinical Psychology Residency Program Brochure for the 2023-2024 Residency Year.pdf (PDF)

There are opportunities for clinical and/or research post-doctoral fellowships both within the Psychology Department and in the Healthy Minds programs at BC Children's Hospital.

Current opportunities

Oncology 0.5FTE post-doctoral fellowshipMedical Psychology 1.0FTE post-doctoral fellowshipCystic Fibrosis Program 1.0FTE post-doctoral fellowship

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