Pre-Doctoral Residency in Psychology program
The Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium (WRPC) has been formed by a consortium of four partners including Lutherwood, the host agency, the University of Waterloo’s Campus Wellness, Centre for Mental Health Research, and the Waterloo Region District School Board. For more information about the Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium (WRPC), see the Lutherwood website.
Counselling Services - Master level internship program
Counselling Services Clinical Training Program has been operating for over 25 years! We are pleased and excited at your interest and we invite you to spend some time familiarizing yourself with our clinical training program described here.
University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, health, environment, arts and social sciences.
At Counselling Services, we strive to uphold virtues of inclusion and sensitivity in our work with a wonderfully diverse clientele. We are committed to recognizing, addressing, and responding to the diverse needs and world views of both our interns and our clients who vary according to culture, ethnicity, racial background, religion and spirituality, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Consistent with many other buildings across campus, our offices are wheelchair accessible.
To accommodate the varying needs of our diverse student population Counselling Services offers a variety of options to assist clients in achieving their goals. We offer short term one on one therapy, workshops, group therapy, seminars, walk-in therapy and a peer coaching program (MATES).
We are a multi-disciplinary department of social workers, psychotherapists and psychologists within Counselling Services. Our department is under the umbrella of the Campus Wellness department that is comprised of Counselling Services, and Health Services. Each person on our team plays an integral role to the functioning of Campus Wellness and is considered a highly valued member.
We operate under a short-term treatment model with representation from a range of theoretical orientations including humanistic, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, mindfulness, feminist, narrative perspectives and many others.
The Counselling Services clinical training program is designed to foster growth and development of interns and residents within the context of a supportive team learning environment. Our aim is to work together as a service to help individuals hone solid clinical skills (for example, establishing empathic therapeutic relationships, interviewing, assessment, case formulation, intervention, etc.) tailored to individual needs and learning objectives while maintaining the utmost respect for the needs of our clientele.
Levels of training
This placement proudly opens its doors to students in training from a wide variety of educational backgrounds (Master's or Doctoral level students in Counselling Psychology, Social Work, and other counselling/ psychology/ psychotherapy - related disciplines). We have found this diversity provides a rich learning experience not only for our students in training but our entire team.
- Currently in/ or completed a Counselling or Psychotherapy or Social work accredited program.
- Resume / CV (Curriculum Vitae)
- Completion of a theory course in counselling
- Completion of a practical counselling skills course (or equivalent experience)
- Unofficial transcript (must have all courses taken to date with marks received)
- At least two letters of reference
- Current Police Vulnerable Sector Check
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) would be an asset
- Basic counselling skills - with previous experience counselling and working with people
- Comfort level with taping via web cam for supervisors to listen and provide feedback
- A strong interest in working with youth and young adults in a clinical capacity
- Available to work 3-5 days a week for the duration of internship placement.
- Available Tuesday afternoons as this is when we provide PD and group supervision for our intern team
What to expect
Individual counselling: Training experiences typically focus on individual counselling with a broad range of clients and issues (for example, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief); which is similar to what might be seen in an out-patient counselling service. Typically, interns might see from 1 to 3 individual clients per day, in addition to any groups, workshops, or other training experiences that interns have chosen.
Groups/workshops: Annually, Counselling Services offers a broad range of personal growth and psycho-educational workshops to complement a variety of needs and interests. Intern involvement in any of our groups is encouraged.
Supervision: Interns can expect to receive 1 – 1.5 hours of weekly individual supervision with their primary supervisor. In addition, interns are invited to participate in bi-weekly group supervision, as well as informal peer consultation with co-interns and Counselling Services staff.
Additional training experiences: Interns are included in a variety of additional training experiences such as bi-weekly training seminars, professional development events, case consultations and staff meetings.
If this placement is of interest to you - please apply through your university if applicable or by emailing your resume, reference letters and unofficial transcript to Tanya Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline to apply is February 1st for the following September or June 1st for the following January (unless you are in the Wilfrid Laurier MSW program).
The following process will be followed:
- Interview: If you meet the placement qualifications our Supervision Coordinator and a clinician will meet with you to get to know you and your learning goals for the placement. We are very friendly, I promise.
- Reference and Background Check: We may call your institution to inquire about your courses or your references to inquire about your placement suitability.
- Selection: Based on our ability to meet your desired learning outcomes for the placement and availability of supervisors that given year, we will extend offers through an email or phone call.
- Onboarding: You must commit to being involved in our onboarding process, including the training and expectations outlined above.
We look forward to the potential of working with you.
University of Waterloo
519 888 4567 ext. 38487