postdoctoral psychology residency program

Postdoctoral Psychology residents provide psychological services and continue to develop their skills as clinical psychologists in our twelve-month full-time residency program. Residents work within two of our agency’s major programs: the Outpatient Therapy Program and the Therapeutic Assessment and Systems Collaboration Program. Please download the brochure (below) for details.

The postdoctoral program is well supported by WestCoast Children’s Clinic. Supervision is provided by a team of over ten licensed psychologists who themselves receive ongoing training as well as supervision of supervision. Supervisors meet bi-monthly to review the professional development of postdoctoral residents, in order to tailor and coordinate the training and supervision that residents receive. All clinicians including postdoctoral residents have full access to the clinic space, which includes nine play therapy rooms, three family consultation rooms, one group therapy room, one assessment room and two conference rooms. There is also a library of psychological assessment and therapy materials that includes a broad range of measures and protocols, as well as toys and games for children of all ages. Residents are provided with cell phones and can use laptop computers at the clinic. They are also reimbursed for travel and expenses associated with providing assessment and psychotherapy in home, school and other community settings.

The Program holds membership in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Residents are required to have completed an APA-accredited doctoral program and an APA or CPA-accredited doctoral internship prior to the start of the WestCoast postdoctoral program.

The training goals of the WestCoast Postdoctoral Residency Program seek to advance the independent practice level in the following abilities:

  • To provide psychological services, including outpatient psychotherapy, assessment, case management and advocacy, to a culturally, ethnically, and individually diverse population of children, youth, caregivers and families in both community-based and clinic settings.
  • To work with children, youth, caregivers and families involved with the foster care system.
  • To work with children, youth, caregivers and families who have experienced or are currently experiencing complex trauma.

We are committed to training community psychologists; expanding our consciousness with regard to race, culture, and social class; training psychologists to work with foster children and youth, meeting them in the systems in which they live, and advocating for them when needed.

The Brochure describing our Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program for 2018-2019 is available here.