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Counselling Service Training Program

Students are sometimes seen by Master's and Ph.D. students completing their practicum or internship requirements with the Counselling Service. These students are in the final stages of their training, have been carefully selected, and are closely supervised by staff members of the Counselling Service and professors in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology.

Training Model

McGill Counselling prioritizes the integration of training and research in the delivery of effective psychological services.  Utilizing the latest knowledge of effective assessment and treatment interventions enables the provision of state-of-the-art services. Counselling also encourages professional development through supervision, didactic seminars, and case conferences.  Trainees are encouraged and mentored in the process of integrating current theoretical and empirical research into their treatment conceptualization, planning, and implementation and will learn to apply their skills within a multicultural and ethical service delivery environment. 

Our goal is to train interns in a variety of clinical domains.  The majority of interns direct client hours will be accrued through individual personal counselling, yet experience is also gained conducting group psychotherapy/workshops, career counselling, intake, and crisis intervention.  Interns have the opportunity to gain experience working with students with a range of presenting concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, grief, relationship and developmental issues, trauma, vocational decision-making), design group workshops using evidence-based practice guidelines and increase the Counselling Services’ outreach activities and interactions with the broader student population.  Reflective of the McGill community, interns can expect to work with a diverse group of clients from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Note: The program is not APA/CPA/APPIC accredited.

Supervision

We strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for our trainees.  Given this, Counselling offers various supervision and consultation opportunities each week:

  • 1 hour of individual supervision
  • 2 hours of case consultation with members of the counselling service
  • 1 hour of group supervision with fellow interns

Components/Commitment

A 5 day orientation is provided and required for all new interns during the first week.  Additionally, all trainees will meet for a weekly seminar that is facilitated by the training director and enhanced with assigned readings related to therapeutic interventions, risk assessment, crisis management, theoretical orientations, self-care, and case management. Occasionally, guest speakers are invited to address the group on specific theoretical orientations or special topics.

Trainees must make a commitment to be available 3 days per week (Monday through Wednesday for Master level students; Wednesday through Friday for Doctoral level students) from 9am till 5pm.  Alternative arrangements maybe considered under exceptional circumstances.

 Example of a Typical 3 Day Work Week

Direct Service

Intake

1 hr. weekly

Individual therapy

≈ 10-12 hrs. weekly

Group therapy/workshop

≈ 10 hrs. for the semester

Training

Individual supervision

1 hr. weekly

Group supervision

1 hr. weekly

Seminar Training

1 hr. weekly

Case conferencing with all staff members

2 hrs. weekly

Special topic presentations

Varies over the semester

Other

Staff meetings

≈  1 hour biweekly

Administration

3 hrs. weekly

Outreach/consultation

Varies over the semester

Grand total

≈ 21 hours a week

Please note that interns are expected to complete readings and some professional development activities on their own time as part of the training program throughout the year. These hours can be logged.

Positions Available

Counselling accepts trainees from the Masters and Doctoral level. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should complete the application and mail or hand deliver it to:

McGill Counselling Service
Attn: Dr. Vera Romano
Brown Student Services Building
3600 McTavish Street, Suite 4200
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1Y2

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of the application is the first day of classes in January. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview and decisions regarding acceptance will be made on Notification Day. 

Questions

Questions regarding the internship should be directed to Dr. Vera Romano at vera [dot] romano [at] mcgill [dot] ca