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Internship Program

Our internship program specializes in providing services to adults who may need support with anxiety and depression, grief and loss, feelings of overwhelm and stress, life transitions, trauma (historical, current, or vicarious), or relationship difficulties. We are a fully virtual practice and provide services via phone or video platform.  We offer practicums for students who want to fulfil their degree requirements for a Master in Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy, or Counselling Psychology in Education. We offer supervision by seasoned Registered Psychotherapists so that your hours can be counted toward your registration with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). 
Ideal Candidates
You are a committed student who is looking to learn the critical skills of becoming an ethical and skilled Psychotherapist in Ontario. You take your ethical responsibilities seriously and practice evidence-based care within the scope of your skills and knowledge. You are self-reflective and eager to learn about Safe and Effective use of Self  (SEUS) practices.
 
Ideal Candidates......
  • Have a passion for helping people and enjoys working with a diverse population
  • Would enjoy working as a part of a team and in a collegial atmosphere
  • Take initiative and have a strong sense of integrity and professionalism
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have some experience working interpersonally with others (crisis line work, volunteering with vulnerable populations, skills that could be transferable to the counselling environment) 
  • Have a strong interest in learning about a private practice setting e.g. intake and admin
  • Would have an interest in learning Psychodynamic Psychotherapy or Neuropsychotherapy and are interested in learning how to integrate brain-based modalities 
  • Are open to working with diverse populations in terms of gender, ability, faith, and culture.
  • Have a strong commitment and desire to learn as much as possible during their placement
Other Expectations: 
Candidates are expected to:
  • Have 50% of their core courses (including Ethics, Assessment (Abnormal Psychology/ DSM 5 disorders), Basic Clinical Counselling Skills) completed before the start of their placement
  • Commit to at least 2 days per week of client care
  • Commit to an 8 or12 month placement
  • Have liability insurance and a clear police check
  • Be available to work evenings and/or weekends based on the needs of the clients
  • Be in their own personal psychotherapy at their own expense
Supervision:
As an educator in psychology and psychotherapy for the past 20 years, and clinical supervisor since 2017, I strongly believe that the foundation of providing effective counselling for clients is the therapist’s ability to stay true to themselves and create strong therapeutic relationships. This is most often done while staying in the present moment (Stern) with clients. Accordingly, my supervision philosophy emphasizes the therapist's ability to be with the client while at the same time being with themselves in the clinical setting. Linking theory to practice, while considering the clinician's emotional reactions in the consulting room, are important skills to develop, as is  the supervisee's Safe and Effective Use of Self (SEUS). I support students learning a variety of modalities based on client needs: CBT/DBT, narrative, solution-focused, humanistic, trauma-informed, and psychodynamic, to name only a few.  My supervision pedagogy is grounded in feminist approaches, with an emphasis on psychodynamic, attachment, relational, and transferential insight oriented reflection.
 
  • Candidates will be provided with individual supervision on a weekly or bi-weekly with a Clinical Supervisor registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

  • Candidates will meet twice per month for intern group supervision with a Registered Psychotherapist who is registered with the CRPO

  • Please note the above may be adjusted depending on different program requirements

 
 
 

CRPO Information
 
  • The CRPO requires that Psychotherapy students and Qualifying Psychotherapists (RPQ) obtain a minimum of 1 hour of clinical supervision for every 4 to 5 hours of direct client contact hours. At least 50% of which must be individual or dyadic.
  • Once members achieve RP status (450 DCC hours, 100 hours supervision), the CRPO requires 1 hour of supervision for every 10 direct client contact hours, at least 50% of which must be individual or dyadic.
  • Once RPs have achieved 1000 hours of direct client contact and 150 hours of clinical supervision, they may apply to practice independently.​
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