British Columbia School & Applied Psychology

The BCSAP Residency Programme is a doctoral training programme supported by a consortium that includes the largest public school district in the province of British Columbia and two large multi-disciplinary private community clinics. The programme is hosted by ABLE Development Clinic; its office is within an ABLE Developmental Clinic site, located at the Pacific Autism Family Network in Richmond, B.C.

The Doctoral Residency Programme

This Residency provides professional preparation preparation at the doctoral level and is a committed to supporting residents in navigating the critical continuum from knowledgeable student to autonomous psychology practitioner. Core components of the programme include:

  • dynamic placements and rotations,
  • guided activities to meet expectations across a comprehensive range of competencies,
  • supervision by highly qualified and experienced professional psychologists and
  • theme-focused professional development sessions

How the BCSAP Programme Works 

Professional Track

The BCSAP residency supports a Community of Practice model of professional development by providing didactic training as well as individual and group supervision activities, conducted by psychologists registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

Training & Support for Supervisors

Supervisors engage in group activities aimed at supporting new supervisors and enhancing the work of experienced supervisors.

Engagement of Site-Based Administrators

Administrators responsible for field placements of residents are a part of the residency team and are included in planning and evaluation activities.

BCSAP Information & Applications

Currently, the BCSAP Residency Programme consists of a single track: School – Community Clinic.  Three residency positions are offered; a typical position involves a half week (2.25 days) in a school rotation and a half week in a private, full-service community clinic rotation.

  • For information about BCSAP 2024-2025 Doctoral Applications see the BCSAP Brochure here.
  • For information about BCSAP consortium policies and procedures see the BCSAP Handbook here.
  • APPIC Applications will be accepted for 2024 – 2025 placements (APPIC #1865).

We are currently only able to accept applicants from universities in Canada or from individuals with permanent residency in Canada. Doctoral students who may apply for placement with the Residency Programme are enrolled in a doctoral training programme accredited by CPA or APA, or a programme with equivalent academic and practicum preparation. To be eligible to begin their residency, students must have:

  • successfully completed all required academic coursework and practicum experiences in their training programme prior to submission of the application,
  • passed comprehensive examinations,
  • gained approval of their doctoral dissertation proposal, and
  • demonstrated an understanding of, and commitment to uphold, the ethical principles of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC).

BCSAP Selection Process

Qualified doctoral students interested in seeking placement with the Residency Programme are required to participate in the APPIC Match. Applicants submit an online APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI). Information regarding the application process and relevant dates is available on the APPIC website. The BCSAP due date for Phase I applications for 2024-25 is 11:59AM Eastern Time, December 1, 2023.

Accreditation & Contact

The BCSAP Consortium is not accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association at this time.  Information on accreditation by CPA may be obtained at:

For more information, please contact the current BCSAP Director of Training, Dr. Ted Wormeli, at

Compass Clinic

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