The McGill Mental Health Service offers advanced clinical practica and internships to graduate students in Ph.D. Clinical Psychology programs. Our team consists of Psychologists, Psychiatrists and psychotherapists. Practicum students and interns are an integral and valued part of our team and we offer a warm and supportive environment. Given the breadth and depth of our program, we provide an excellent training opportunity for those who eventually want to work in private practice.
We provide short and long-term psychological treatment to the undergraduate and graduate population at McGill University. We also have an emergency walk-in service. The population is extremely diverse: we treat clients from different cultural backgrounds and ages. Clients present with a wide range of Axis I and Axis II disorders. Students applying to our program should have a strong interest in the area of Adult/Young Adult mental health.
Our program is clinically demanding and therefore we only accept Ph.D. students who have completed practica that involve individual therapy. This experience must include direct individual therapeutic hours with an adult (and/or adolescent) population. The number of practica required depends on the length of each practicum and the number of direct clinical hours. Students with more direct clinical hours are more likely to be accepted to our program.
A minimum placement at our service is one full day a week for a four, eight or ten month period. More intensive placements are also available, including pre-doctoral internships (please note that these internships are not CPA or APA accredited). There is no cap on the number of students we accept into our program, but rather it is dependent on supervisor availability and the student’s interest.
The following is a list of the potential opportunities at our service. These opportunities are dependent on the supervisors available in any given year.
Our supervisors employ a wide range of treatment modalities. Depending on your interests, you may gain experience in one or more of the following therapeutic modalities:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Interpersonal psychotherapy
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Motivational Interviewing
Eating Disorders Program (EDP)
The EDP program has a multi-disciplinary team, including psychiatrists, psychotherapists, a nurse, and a dietician. Students interested in the EDP program may be involved in multidisciplinary assessments, psycho-educational groups, meal support, open support groups, individual therapy and psychotherapy groups.
All of our practicum students and interns will gain valuable experience in triaging potential clients for therapy. This opportunity provides exposure to a wide range of psychopathology and allows students to hone their clinical judgment.
Our service offers a range of groups to our clientele and the groups we run may use different therapeutic modalities (e.g., interpersonal, mindfulness or CBT). Students may have an opportunity to be involved in developing a group, selecting appropriate group members, and co-leading a group.
All of our students are required to attend weekly rounds. These rounds are 1.5 hours a week and consist of either a case presentation or an external speaker. Students will present one case during the clinical year.
To apply or for more information
To apply to our program, please send or email your Curriculum Vitae, statement of training interests, and 3 letters of references to:
Mental Health Services
Brown Student Services Building
3600 McTavish, 5th Floor, West Wing, Suite 5500
Email: mentalhealth.stuserv [at] mcgill.ca