Opportunities for Graduate Level Interns

Following an adult learning model, we encourage interns to develop their own unique and specific learning goals and take advantage of opportunities available to them at KWCS to reach their goals.

There are three practicum/internship start dates: September, January and May. The start dates are aligned with university Fall, Winter and Spring terms.

The following information outlines a typical practicum experience for a Masters Level placement at KW Counselling Services.

Each Term Includes

Orientation

A six day orientation taking place over the first two weeks of the practicum includes:

  • Overview of agency Policies & Procedures
  • Overview of agency programs and services
  • Review of foundational counselling skills
  • Review of anti-oppressive practice and ethical decision making
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning
  • Overview of Duty to Report requirements
  • Overview of Trauma Treatment
  • Training on client database system

Clinical Work

  • Participate in weekly Walk In Counselling Clinic
  • See 6 to 10 or more weekly ongoing clients (depending on your university program requirements)
  • Participate in peer consultation
  • Learn clinical documentation practices
  • Learn how to collaborate with community collateral service providers
  • Shadow experienced therapists
  • Train in and provide intake services
 

Group Work

Interns are encouraged to participate and co-facilitate various groups offered at KW Counselling Services including:

  • OK2BME Youth Group
  • STEAM (Skills & Tools for Emotions Awareness & Management)
  • Temper Taming Together (T3)
  • Spanish Speaking Trauma Group
  • Strong Moms, Safe Kids
  • Parenting with Passion Groups
  • Immigrant Women Together
  • Bridging Resources Leadership Development Training

Supervision

The goal of supervision at KW Counselling Services is for interns to have an increased sense of professional competence and confidence. Supervision includes case consultation, clinical skill development, case formulation, integration of theory into clinical practice and safe and effective use of self. Supervisors have at least five years of professional experience and are either MSWs or AAMFT approved. During their placements interns will:

  • Participate in weekly dyadic supervision sessions. Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Participate in weekly group supervision. 1 hour.
  • Have access to ad hoc supervision during Walk In Counselling Clinic
  • Have access to on-call supervisor

Each term, Interns will also have opportunities to:

  • Attend monthly Lunch & Learn education sessions
  • Participate in monthly All Staff Meetings
  • Attend any professional trainings provided for staff