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SJHH ... / Health Services/ Mental Health & Addiction Services/ Mental Health Services/ Psychology Training/ Clinical Practicum Placements

Clinical Practicum Placements

Clinical Practicum Opportunities

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is pleased to offer Clinical Practicum training and research opportunities in:

Anxiety Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic

Clinical Neuropsychology

Early Intervention in Young Adult Mental Health

Eating Disorders

Forensic Psychology

Health Psychology

Mood Disorders

Schizophrenia Services

About St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is a large teaching hospital affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and Mohawk College. The Mental Health Program at SJHH provides services both within the general hospital site (also known as Charlton Campus) and the nearby West 5th Campus (also known as Mountain Health Services), soon to open as the new Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare. The vision of the new facility is to pioneer innovative models of care that will radically reduce the disability associated with mental illness, and the stigma and barriers that people with mental illness face on a daily basis.

With 200 inpatient mental health beds (and growing), as well as the capacity to serve almost 5,000 outpatients each year, SJHH has become the centre for adult mental health care throughout the central region of Southern Ontario.

Practicum Training

The clinical training faculty at SJHH is committed to providing high quality training opportunities through clinical practica, our APA/CPA accredited predoctoral internship program, and postdoctoral positions. Across the various clinical training settings the following are emphasized: (i) provision of a rich training experience with attention given to providing adequate breadth and depth of client contacts, (ii) provision of high quality supervision, (iii) opportunities to work in multidisciplinary environments. Additionally, through ongoing evaluation of the training needs, strengths, and interests of practicum students, practica will be tailored to maximize individual students’ growth in knowledge of clinical intervention and assessment strategies and the related research, and to facilitate the development of a professional identity. The primary supervisors of all training settings are registered Psychologists.

Eligible students are those currently registered in APA/CPA accredited (or equivalent) clinical, counselling, or school psychology programs. There is considerable flexibility regarding the types of practica available, including assessment, therapy, and opportunities for research. The information on this web page briefly outlines services in which practicum opportunities are currently available. Interested students should review the internship training website for more information about psychology faculty and programs at SJHH. Students may also contact faculty members with any questions about types of practicum experiences available in a particular service.

Practica may be full-time or part-time. Generally, practica begin in May, September or January and run for 16 to 32 weeks.

Applying for a Practicum

Application Deadline:

February 4, 2019:  deadline for submission of applications for Spring/Summer 2019 and Fall 2019/Winter 2020. Applications submitted after this deadline cannot be guaranteed a review.

Following a review of applications, students will be informed whether or not they will be invited to participate in an interview (phone interviews will be considered in some circumstances). Decisions about placement will be made following these interviews. Students will be notified of placement decisions on the GTA Common Notification Date by email.  Date is TBD, but around mid-March 2019.  

Contents of Application:

To apply for a practicum position in any program students must electronically submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) copies of unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (3) a letter of recommendation, and (4) a cover letter indicating what aspects of the practicum are of interest and why the learner believes the practicum would address their training needs (5) the Clinical Practicum Placement and Experience Form.  Each of the five items must be submitted to guarantee consideration.   

Please submit all of the above documents electronically in one email to psychologypracticum@stjoes.ca with your name in the subject header followed by Practicum Application 2019-2020 Letters of reference should be emailed by the referee to the same address with your name in the subject header followed by Reference Letter 2019-2020.    

General inquiries about the application process can be directed to Dr. Emily MacKillop (contact information below). Students are also encouraged to contact supervisors in various rotations (contact information included in rotation descriptions) for more information about those opportunities.

Emily MacKillop, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABPP-CN
Clinical Neuropsychology Service, G187
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton ON L8N 3K7

Tel:  905-522-1155 ext. 35592
Fax: 905-381-5610
Email for inquiries:   emackill@stjosham.on.ca ; To submit application items and letter of recommendation use:  psychologypracticum@stjoes.ca 



Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic

The ATRC is an outpatient specialty clinic staffed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of professionals with a background in psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, or occupational therapy. The clinic receives more than 3000 new referrals per year, predominantly for assessment and treatment of individuals with panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder. Some opportunities are also available for working with patients who have other anxiety-related difficulties (e.g., specific phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, and illness anxiety disorder). Supervision is provided by registered Psychologists (Drs. Jenny Hewitt, Brenda Key, Irena Milosevic, Liz Pawluk, and Karen Rowa).There are opportunities for practicum training during the summer and during the academic year. Both first year and advanced practicum students are welcome to apply.

Training experiences may include:

  • Thorough training in diagnostic interviewing using the Diagnostic Assessment Research Tool (DART), initially including observing three interviews, conducting three interviews under observation, and then conducting additional interviews independently, under supervision.
  • Opportunities to provide individual cognitive behavioural treatment to patients with a range of anxiety and related disorders (e.g., panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and others).
  • Opportunities to observe treatment being delivered or to provide co-therapy with an experienced clinician.
  • Opportunity to co-lead a group for panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder with an experienced clinician (as well as weekly supervision meetings to discuss the group sessions).
  • Weekly 2-hour group supervision meetings to discuss assessment cases seen over the course of the previous week.
  • Weekly individual supervision meetings (at least 1 hour) during which individual treatment cases are discussed.
  • Opportunity for additional supervision on an individual therapy case or on assessment cases from a psychology resident being supervised by a psychologist.
  • Opportunities to read relevant materials, watch videos of therapy being conducted, and to discuss related issues during supervision.
  • Opportunities to attend and contribute to weekly academic rounds presentations during which new literature is discussed.
  • Opportunities to participate in ongoing research or to develop independent research projects.

Contact Information:

Irena Milosevic, Ph.D., C.Psych. 
Psychologist 
Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic 
Telephone: 905-522-1155 ext. 35227
Email: imilosev@stjoes.ca
ATRC Website: www.stjoes.ca/anxiety

Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic

SJHH has implemented a strategic plan to provide people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) with an empirically supported treatment approaches. The BPD Clinic offers a treatment based on principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Further, given the highly co-morbid presentation of BPD with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the clinic also provides evidence-based treatment for individuals with BPD and PTSD. Specific therapies offered include Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).

Practicum students will have the opportunity to co-lead DBT Skills Groups and provide skills coaching in an outpatient BPD Clinic. Practicum students will learn how to conduct assessments to diagnose BPD and to assess for the presence of suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. In addition, practicum students will have the opportunity to attend interdisciplinary consultation teams and provide additional training/consultation as needed. Students may also have the opportunity to engage in group- and individual-based CPT and/or PE (for practicum students with advanced psychotherapy skills only and contingent on supervisor availability).

Supervision is provided by Dr. Katherine Holshausen. This practicum is designed to teach students how to conceptualize and treat the complex, multi-diagnostic problems experienced by individuals with BPD.

Please Note: A one-year commitment is required in order to be eligible to participate in this practicum opportunity. Only advanced students (PhD-level) will be considered for this practicum.

Training Experiences may include:

  • Practicum students will learn and participate in the following components: 1) skills training; 2) consultation team; 3) skills coaching. As noted above, individual therapy opportunities may be available depending upon supervisor availability and applicant experience.
  • Supervision will focus on 1) case conceptualization from a DBT perspective, including application of the biosocial model and behavioral principles, and 2) application of DBT strategies
  • After completion of the practicum, students will possess knowledge of strategies to work effectively with challenging, complex, and difficult-to-engage clients in an outpatient setting

Contact Information:

Katherine Holshausen, Ph.D., C.Psych (Supervised Practice)
Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, ON L8N 3K7
Tel: 905-522-1155 ext. 33965
Email: kholshau@stjoes.ca 

 

Clinical Neuropsychology Service

The Clinical Neuropsychology Service (CNS) provides comprehensive assessment of the cognitive functioning and neurological integrity of a wide range of adult outpatients including those with medical (e.g., brain injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases), developmental (e.g., autistic spectrum, learning disorders), psychiatric (e.g., mood/anxiety) and substance abuse disorders. The service emphasizes the neurobiological underpinnings of these conditions and attempts to integrate neuropsychological findings into the diagnostic and treatment considerations of the multidisciplinary team.

The Neuropsychology practicum experience includes opportunities for training under the supervision of 5 registered psychologists specializing in neuropsychology (Drs. Ballantyne, Christina Gojmerac, Jelena King, Emily MacKillop, & Heather McNeely) and two psychometrists (Catherine Dool, Mike Mosher); all of whom are actively engaged in research and evidenced-based practices and provide centralized neuropsychological assessment services to SJHH medical and psychiatric programs. These include but are not limited to: 1) Anxiety Treatment Research Centre;(2) Mood Disorders Program; 4) Concurrent Disorders; 4) East Region Mental Health; (5) Geriatric Mental Health; and (6) referrals from medical programs such as Respirology, Nephrology, and Neurology.

Training experiences may include:

  • Medical chart reviews and literature reviews of pertinent evidenced-based practices and research outcomes.
  • Introducing patients and their family members to assessment procedures, reviewing limits of confidentiality, and obtaining informed consent.
  • Administering, scoring and interpreting, neuropsychological and psychological test measures.
  • Conducting clinical interviews.
  • Integrating test data with patient history and clinical presentation.
  • Summarizing the relevant aspects of the assessment in a clinical report.
  • Providing patients, caregivers, hospital staff, and team members with feedback regarding the results, implications, and recommendations from each assessment.
  • Participating in multidisciplinary team meetings to assist in the assessment, treatment planning, and evaluation of outcomes for patients.
  • Attend and present at bi-weekly Neuropsychology Seminar Series.
  • Attend weekly Psychiatry Rounds.
  • Opportunities for participation in research are also available.

Please Note: Students applying for a practicum to the CNS are expected to have completed at least one graduate level course relevant to the practice of neuropsychology (e.g., intellectual and/or neuropsychological assessment, intervention). When applying to the CNS for practicum placement, please indicate your are of interest:

Assessment Practicum: This is an introductory practicum for novice learners. Those applying for this practicum will learn basic assessment skills in the areas of intelligence, achievement, and cognitive testing. Clinical and neuropsychology learners are encouraged to apply. Individual supervision will be provided.

Advanced Neuropsychology Practicum: Only learners enrolled in a neuropsychology program who have completed an assessment practicum will be considered for this rotation. Learns will participate in outpatient assessments for a variety of diagnoses, and will be trained to conduct clinical interviews, provide feedback, formulate cases, and write assessment reports and patient handouts. Individual supervision will be provided.

Therapy-Research Practicum: Learners will be involved with a group-based cognitive remediation intervention involving adults or seniors with various mental health and cognitive disorders. Specific opportunities will vary depending on supervisor availability. Learners will participate in the delivery of the structured group and administration of brief cognitive assessments within the context of a clinical research project. Training and supervision of implementation of various evidence-based intervention strategies will be provided.

Contact Information:

Elena Ballantyne, Psy.D., C.Psych
Clinical Neuropsychology Service, G190
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
West 5th Campus
Tel:  905-522-1155 ext. 39366
Email:  eballant@stjosham.on.ca   

 

Early Intervention in Young Adult Mental Health

Youth Wellness Centre

The Youth Wellness Centre (YWC) is a new service that focuses on youth ages 17-25 years experiencing either emerging or complex and ongoing mental health difficulties, with the goal of rapid assessment, treatment, and recovery. This service has been identified as a key strategic direction for the hospital. The YWC is an independent, youth-based clinic located in downtown Hamilton, that is linked both to primary care and community referral sources, and to specialized mental health services within St. Joseph’s Healthcare. Two primary streams of the YWC are Early Intervention for early stage mental health difficulties, and Transition Support for ongoing and complex cases. Both streams are intended to ease and expedite access to services and resources, improve continuity and coordination of care, and advocate and support youth and their families. The YWC includes an integrated program of research and evaluation led by faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University. This practicum training is supervised by Dr. Juliana Tobon, who is actively engaged in research and evidenced-based practices. As a practicum student, you would have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team, including a psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse care coordinators, transition coach, family educators, youth mentors, and an occupational therapist. There are opportunities for practicum training during the summer and during the academic year.

Training experiences may include:

    • Training in comprehensive assessment using structured clinical interview and validated assessment measures for youth ages 17-25 years. Assessment will include writing a brief report, determining clinical stage of care, and developing a treatment plan, under supervision.
    • Providing youth, caregivers, and team members with feedback regarding the results, implications, and recommendations from each assessment
    • Opportunities to provide brief individual cognitive behavioral treatment to youth presenting with a range of mental health and addictions concerns.
    • Opportunity to co-lead a group for substance use (e.g., motivational interviewing) and early stage mental health problems with an experienced clinician (as well as weekly supervision meetings to discuss the group sessions).
    • Weekly individual supervision meetings (at least one hour) during which individual treatment and assessment cases are discussed.
    • Provision and discussion of literature relevant to early intervention in youth mental health.
    • Opportunities to participate in ongoing research or to develop independent research projects.

 Please Note:   Only more senior students will be considered for this practicum (e.g., students who have completed at least one practicum involving assessment and intervention).

Contact:

Juliana Tobon, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist, Youth Wellness Centre
38 James Street South
Tel: 905-522-1155, ext. 39167; email: jtobon@stjoes.ca

Eating Disorders

The Eating Disorders Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare provides outpatient treatment to adults age 16 and over, providing consultation and treatment to approximately 240 patients annually. The program offers services to patients with a range of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and the spectrum of disordered eating understood as Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders. As a practicum student, you would have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team, including psychologists, a social worker, a psychiatrist, a nurse practitioner, two registered dietitians and a psychometrist.

Depending on your prior experience, training experiences may include:

  • Training in diagnostic interviewing using the DART semi-structured interview for eating disorders, as well as integrating information from self-report inventories into diagnostic reports and patient feedback
  • Opportunities to provide individual cognitive behavioural treatment to patients suffering from a range of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder
  • Opportunity to co-lead groups for anorexia nervosa/bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder (e.g., CBT based symptom-interruption group, body image group, and specialized focus groups on such issues as perfectionism/self-esteem)
  • Weekly multidisciplinary team meetings to discuss assessment cases seen over the course of the previous week and ongoing group and individual treatment issues
  • Weekly individual supervision meetings during which assessment and treatment cases are discussed
  • Opportunities to participate in ongoing research or to develop independent research projects
  • Opportunity to learn about and participate in formal risk assessments

Eating Disorders Program Contact:

Michele Laliberté, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Director, Eating Disorders Program Community Psychiatry Service
St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton
Tel: 905-522-1155 ext. 34093
Email: mlaliber@stjoes.ca

Stacey Tweed, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist Eating Disorders Program
West 5th Campus
Tel: 905-522-1155 ext. 34263
E-Mail: stweed@stjoes.ca 

 

Forensic Psychology

The Forensic Service at SJHH offers general and secure inpatient services as well as outpatient services.The Forensic rotation includes opportunities for training under the supervision of 4 registered psychologists specializing in forensics (Drs. Mini Mamak, Heather Moulden, Kaitlyn McLachlan and Peter Sheridan.

Training experiences may included:

  • Training in diagnostic interviewing for both Axis I and Axis II disorders
  • Training in the assessment of Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility
  • Training in the assessment of risk for reoffending and violence
  • Opportunity to provide psychological assessments, using a wide range of psychological measures
  • Opportunity to co-lead therapy groups, specifically addressing criminogenic risk factors
  • Opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team of professionals
  • Opportunity to assist in research projects related to the forensic field
  • Weekly individual supervision to discuss individual assessments and treatment
  • Provision and discussion of literature relevant to assessment and treatment of individuals within the Forensic system
  • Provision and discussion of literature relevant to mental health rehabilitation

Please Note: Only more senior students will be considered for this practicum (e.g., students who have completed at least one practicum involving assessment).

Forensic Psychology Service Contact:

Mini Mamak, Ed.D., C.Psych.
Senior Psychologist, Forensic Service
West 5th Campus
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Tel: 905-522-1155 ext. 36601
Email: mmamak@stjoes.ca
 

Health Psychology

Health Psychology practica are offered through a variety of hospital services: i) The Consultation-Liaison (CL) Psychiatry Service (Dr. Pellizzari), ii) The Women’s Health Concerns Clinic (Dr. Green), iii) Respiratory Rehabilitation (Dr. Pellizzari), iv) Firestone Sleep Medicine (Dr. Green), v) the Medical and Surgical programs in Bariatrics (Drs. Chohan and Zhang), and vi) Pain Clinic (Dr. Nowakowski).  Practica training is individually tailored and may be specialty based (e.g. women’s health, bariatrics) or involve a combination of experiences with our faculty members.

Training experiences include:

  • Psychological Consultation:  These experiences prepare the student to perform the role of the psychologist as a consultant in a variety of health services:

    • inpatient acute medical/surgical settings (CL)
    • inpatient or day treatment rehabilitation settings (Respiratory Rehabilitation)
    • outpatient medical specialty clinics (Respiratory Rehabilitation; Medical and Surgical Bariatrics; Diabetes Clinic; Firestone Sleep Medicine; Pain Clinic)
    • outpatient mental health specialty clinic (Women’s Health Concerns Clinic)
  • Psychological Assessment :  These experiences prepare students to conduct psychological and behavioural assessments in the context of inpatient and outpatient health and medical services. Referral questions typically include differential diagnoses, treatment recommendations, and facilitation of referrals to internal and external specialty clinics relating to mood, anxiety, adjustment/coping to acute and chronic health and medical issues, somatization, adherence, disordered eating behaviours, substance use (e.g. tobacco), and preparation/candidacy for certain medical procedures (e.g., bariatric surgery). Assessment processes include the review of histories (personal, health, medical), administration of semi-structured (e.g., mental status examination) and structured (e.g., SCID-IV & M.I.N.I.) diagnostic interviews, brief self-report symptom measures, consultation with existing healthcare providers that are part of patients’ circle of care, and providing feedback to patients, families, and interprofessional team members.          

  • Psychological Intervention: Training in individual short term (e.g., 6-8 sessions), CBT-based interventions is available in all 4 settings listed above.  Additionally, with the exception of the CL service, all settings have the capacity for training in group-based treatments.  Groups are short-term and typically a combination of CBT and health education (e.g., CBT for perinatal anxiety in women; CBT insomnia; CBT/health education group for patients with lung diseases; CBT for weight management and binge eating in bariatrics, CBT for chronic pain).

  • Inter-professional Care: All settings provide training in working with other health care professionals and may include attendance at various team meetings or case conferences to address client needs and facilitate referrals.

Please Note:  Only more senior students will be considered for this practicum (e.g., students who have completed at least one practicum involving treatment). Students interested in bariatrics clinic require previous training and experience in conducting psychodiagnostic assessments.

Health Psychology Contact:

Sheryl M. Green, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist- Women’s Health Concern’s Clinic & Consultation Liaison
100 West 5th Street
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Tel:  905-522-1155 ext. 33672
Email: sgreen@stjoes.ca
 

Mood Disorders 

The Mood Disorders Program employs a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, vocational rehabilitation therapists, recreational therapists and occupational therapists who assess and treat individuals with unipolar depression, bipolar disorders, and related conditions.  Learners gain experience with structured diagnostic interviewing for DSM-5 disorders (both inpatient and outpatient), as well as individual and group therapy.  Some opportunity exists to administer psychodiagnostic testing (e.g., personality and intellectual assessments) depending on the goals and interests of the learner. The primary treatment orientation on this rotation is cognitive behavioural, based on empirically validated protocols for the full spectrum of depressive and bipolar disorders and co-morbid conditions. Learners may also have the opportunity to be involved in delivering other forms of therapy (e.g. mindfulness based cognitive therapy, behavioural activation, running therapy, brief emotion regulation skills). 

In addition to the clinical service, the mood disorders program incorporates a large, well-funded and internationally renowned research facility that investigates the causes and treatment of mood disorders. The current projects are always changing and learners have the opportunity to collaborate with on-going research or develop a (brief) novel project.

Training experiences may include:

  • Participation in interdisciplinary teams treating patients with severe mood disorders.
  • Opportunities to provide individual cognitive behavioral treatment to patients suffering from a range of mood disorders.
  • Opportunities to observe treatment being delivered or to provide co-therapy with an experienced clinician.
  • Weekly individual supervision meetings (at least one hour) during which individual treatment cases, assessment cases, and professional development are discussed.
  • Opportunities for additional supervision meetings as needed.
  • Access to both hospital-wide and clinic-specific libraries stocked with relevant materials, videos, and other material.
  • Training in assessment and diagnostic interviewing for complex presentations with multiple comorbidities.

Training experiences are most suited to advanced learners; however, we are also able to accommodate learners who are earlier in their training. Applications are accepted for placements in both summer and academic terms/semesters. 

Contact:

Colleen Merrifield, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist, Mood Disorders Program
West 5th Campus
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Telephone: 905-522-1155 ext. 356735
Email: cmerrifi@stjoes.ca
 

Schizophrenia Services

Schizophrenia and Community Integration Services at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is a large service which includes three inpatient wards and two outpatient clinics (Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic and the Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic). Practicum placements are available at the outpatient clinics only.

Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic

The Cleghorn Clinic is an outpatient service that specializes in treatment of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time (i.e., first episode psychosis). Clients are typically between the ages of 16 to 35 and have had less than 6 months of treatment for psychosis. The clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians including psychologist, psychiatrists, registered nurses, family educator, occupational therapists, recreational therapist, social worker, and learners from various disciplines. A practicum at the Cleghorn Clinic offers the opportunity to receive training under the supervision of Dr. Elmar Gardizi who is registered psychologist with competency in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. Currently, there are opportunities for training during the academic year (i.e., 1 day/week).

Training experiences may include:

  1. Training in diagnostic interviewing
  2. Opportunities to provide individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for a variety of mental health conditions including psychosis, anxiety related disorders, affective disorders, OCD, and adjustment disorder.
  3. Medical chart reviews and literature reviews of pertinent evidenced-based practices and research outcomes
  4. Administering, scoring and interpreting, neuropsychological and psychological test measures.
  5. Providing patients, caregivers, hospital staff, and team members with feedback regarding the results, implications, and recommendations from each assessment.
  6. Psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological report writing.
  7. Participating in multidisciplinary team meetings to assist in the assessment, treatment planning, and evaluation of outcomes for patients.
  8. Attend weekly Psychiatry Rounds.
  9. Ability to participate in ongoing research projects some of which include examining the role of cognitive functioning and insight on outcome as well as the examining the sustainability of first episode treatment on recovery.

Please Note:   Advanced students only. Students applying for a practicum to the Cleghorn Clinic are expected to have completed at least one graduate level course relevant to the implementation of CBT and the practice of neuropsychology.

Contact:

Elmar Gardizi, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic
West 5th Campus
Tel: 905-522-1155 ext. 33883

Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC)

The Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC) is an outpatient service that specializes in the treatment of individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizophrenia spectrum related disorders. The clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, vocational rehabilitation therapists, and learners who each provide case management to clients. SOC staff also includes a clinical psychologist and several psychiatrists. There are opportunities for training at SOC 1 day per week.

Training experiences may include:

  • Training in initial consultation for psychotherapy suitability, including observing and conducting interviews with clients, and reviewing charts.
  • Opportunity to observe supervisor and provide individual psychotherapy to persons with serious mental illness. Training is primarily recovery-oriented CBT for psychosis, but may include opportunities to deliver other forms of therapy including mindfulness-based CBT, interpersonal-insight oriented therapy.
  • There may be opportunity to conduct brief assessments for diagnostic clarification.
  • There may be opportunity to co-lead a psychotherapy group for individuals experiencing auditory hallucinations, called The Hearing Voices Group.
  • There may be opportunity to co-facilitate a 10 week CBT for psychosis module of the Mindfulness Group.
  • Weekly individual supervision (at least one hour) to discuss individual treatment, consultations and professional development.
  • Provision and discussion of literature relevant to assessment and treatment of psychotic and related disorders.

Please Note: Advanced students only. Students are expected to have completed at least one graduate level course in CBT.

Contact:

Sandra McNally, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist, Schizophrenia  and
Community Integration Services 
West 5th Campus, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton 
Tel: 905-522-1155, ext. 36789
Email: smcnally@stjoes.ca       

Practicum Placement On-board Procedures:

Please visit the following link to learn more about on-board procedures for practicum placements:
http://www.joinstjoes.ca/learners/health-professional-learners