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Clinical Psychology Training

BC Children’s Hospital offers psychology internships and post-docs focusing on pediatric and health care psychology. The location of these internships is Vancouver, BC.

Senior practicum positions

The Psychology Department at BC Children's Hospital was awarded Best Practicum Site for 2017 from the University of British Columbia



The Department of Psychology at BC Children's Hospital will offer five formal senior practicum positions, starting September 2022. 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. 


Two of these positions are more “general” in nature. Specifically, 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/work shops. Inclusive, 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. 


The third practicum position is specific to spending time in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. A separate overview of this position is provided below. Applications for this position follow the same process that is outlined below. 


The fourth practicum position is specific to spending time in the Neuropsychiatry Clinic. A separate overview of this position is provided below. Applications for this position follow the same process that is outlined below.

The fifth practicum position is within the neuropsychology department.  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 deadline. Applications are due on Monday, February 22, 2021. The notification deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021. Applications should include: 1) A cover letter, 2) Two letters of recommendation, and 3) a 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

Pre-doctoral residency program

In the internship, you will receive 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 dealing with problems such as coping with pain and loss, adjusting to physical or mental disability and/or handicap, dealing with the stress of illness and injury, and understanding how medical conditions affect family dynamics.

The residency/internship program at BC Children's Hospital was reaccredited in 2012, for six years, with the next site visit expected to occur within the 2017/2018 academic year. 


The CPA Accreditation Office:

Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Avenue., Ouest/West, #702
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5J3
Tel: 613-237-2144 X333, 1-800-472-0657 ext.33 (Toll Free in Canada)
Fax: 613-237-1674

The application deadline is November 15. For more information, please see the:

Post-doctoral fellowship

Learning opportunities

Some years, the Psychology Department has funding available for post-doctoral fellowship positions. 

There are currently no open fellowship positions. Any open positions will be posted on this website as they become available.


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology or a related field.
  • Completion of a CPA- or APA-accredited graduate training program.
  • Completion of a CPA- or APA-accredited doctoral internship or residency.
  • Broad experience in assessment and therapy with children, adolescents, and families.
  • Solid clinical research skills, including graduate level coursework in statistical analysis and research design.


  • Oncology 0.5FTE postdoc (PDF)


  • Medical Psychology 1.0FTE Postdoc Fellowship (PDF)

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