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

Clinical Practicum Placements

COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 Update

Please plan to attend your appointment, procedure or surgery as scheduled unless you are otherwise notified. During the pandemic, the hospital may be required to prioritize emergency and urgent cases, which may result in a change to your appointment. If this is the case, you will be contacted by a member of your care team. As always, our goal is to continue serving our community by providing quality hospital services for as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so during the pandemic.

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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 Services

Clinical Neuropsychology

Concurrent Disorders

Early Intervention in Young Adult Mental Health

Eating Disorders

Forensic Psychology

Health Psychology

Mood Disorders

Schizophrenia Services

WSIB Mental Health Specialty Clinic

 

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. The  West 5th facility is an innovative care facility that perpetually seeks to 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 1, 2022:  deadline for submission of applications for Spring/Summer 2022 and Fall 2022/Winter 2023. 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. All interviews will be held virtually for the 2022-2023 recruitment cycle (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. The Match date is yet to be determined and will be updated after the Virtual Practicum Fair on November 12, 2021. After the match date, there is no review of new applications until the next cycle.

Contents of Application submitted to psychologypracticum@stjoes.ca:

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.   

All application materials, including letters of recommendation should be submitted to psychologypracticum@stjoes.ca:

General Inquires:

General inquires about the practicum program or application process can be directed to Dr. Emily MacKillop. Students are also encouraged to contact supervisors in various rotations for more information about those opportunities.  To assure that your applications materials are considered, please be mindful not to submit application materials directly to Dr. MacKillop or the practica supervisors.

Emily MacKillop, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABPP-CN, 
Practicum Placement Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Practica inquiries: emackill@stjoes.ca
To submit application items and letter of recommendation:  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. Jenna Boyd, 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 1-hour team meetings to discuss assessment and treatment cases seen at the clinic.
  • Weekly individual supervision meetings (at least 1 hour) during which individual treatment and assessment 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 Services

The Borderline Personality Disorder Services (BPDS) provides outpatient treatment to individuals over 17 years of age who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Treatment is based on principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Given the highly co-morbid presentation of BPD with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the service also provides evidence-based treatment for individuals with BPD and PTSD including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). During this practicum, students will work with individuals diagnosed with BPD, develop a strong understanding of the DBT model, and learn how to deliver a range of DBT interventions.

Training experiences may include:

  • Co-facilitating weekly DBT Skills Training Groups
  • Providing individual skills training to clients
  • Individual therapy opportunities, depending upon supervisor availability and applicant experience
  • Learning how to conduct assessments to diagnose for BPD and assess for suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviours
  • Participating in weekly interdisciplinary team consultation meetings
  • Providing additional training and consultation, depending upon current opportunities and applicant experience
  • Participating in weekly individual supervision, with a focus on case conceptualization and application of DBT strategies

Practicum students are valued members of the team. Students who are enthusiastic about learning how to conceptualize and treat the complex, multi-diagnostic challenges experienced by individuals with BPD are encouraged to apply.

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

Contact Information:

Kerri Bojman, Psy.D., C.Psych.
Borderline Personality Disorder Services
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, ON L8N 3K7
Tel: 905-522-1155 ext. 35230
Email: kbojman@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 inpatients and outpatients including those with medical (e.g., brain injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases), developmental (e.g., autistic spectrum, learning disorders), psychiatric (e.g., schizophrenia, 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 rotation includes opportunities for training under the supervision of 5 registered psychologists specializing in neuropsychology (Drs. Elena Ballantyne, Christina Gojmerac, Jelena King, Emily MacKillop, & Heather McNeely) and two psychometrists (Abbie Coy, Catherine Dool); all of whom are actively engaged in research and evidenced-based practices and provide centralized neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment services to SJHH medical and psychiatric programs. These include but are not limited to: (1) the Schizophrenia Service; (2) Concurrent Disorders (3) Mood Disorders Program; (4) Seniors Mental Health and Geriatric Medicine; (5) Acute Psychiatry; (6) East Region Mental Health; (7) referrals from medical programs such as Dual Diagnosis, 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.
  • Administering structured clinical interviews, personality and psychopathology measures, and symptom validity tests to determine differential diagnosis.
  • 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 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). 

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@stjoes.ca   

 

Concurrent Disorders Program (CDP); Young Adult Substance Use Program (YA-SUP)

The CDP is an outpatient specialty clinic that provides assessment and treatment services for individuals struggling with substance use disorders and other concurrent psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder; referred to as a concurrent disorder). Within the CDP, resides a specialty clinic targeting the needs for young adults with concurrent disorders (YA-SUP). Opportunities can be made available for both programs depending on experience and availability.   The CDP is staffed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of professionals with a background in psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, and community mental health. Therapy modalities used in the CDP and YA-SUP include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, and elements of dialectical behaviour therapy. Supervision will be provided by a psychologist in supervised practice. There are opportunities for practicum training during the summer and during the academic year. All students interested are encouraged to apply, but advanced practicum students will be prioritized.

Training experiences may include:

  • Training in psychodiagnostic interviewing using the Diagnostic Assessment Research Tool (DART) and other semi-structured interviewing methods to differentiate between presenting mental health and addiction-based difficulties. Initially assessments will be observed, then directly conducted under observation, and then conducted on a more independent basis.
  • Observe and co-lead groups for managing substance use difficulties (e.g., cognitive behavioural therapy, relapse prevention) alongside other mental health concerns (e.g., mood, anxiety, emotion regulation) as well as weekly supervision to discuss group sessions.
  • Observe treatment being delivered or to provide co-therapy using a harm-reduction approach with an experienced clinician.
  • Interacting with individuals with lived experiences in addiction.
  • Weekly individual supervision (at least 1 hour) to discuss assessment treatment cases.
  • Possibility of additional supervision on an individual therapy case or on an assessment case from a psychology resident being supervised by a psychologist.
  • Opportunities to contribute to clinic rounds on clinical science and research topics
  • Opportunities to participate in ongoing research or to develop independent research projects.

Contact Information:

Victoria Stead, Ph.D.
Concurrent Disorders and Young Adult Substance Use Program
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
Email: vstead@stjoes.ca  

Emily MacKillop, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABPP-CN
Supervising Psychologist
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
Email: emackill@stjoes.ca 

Early Intervention in Young Adult Mental Health

Youth Wellness Centre

The Youth Wellness Centre (YWC) 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. 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: 1) Early Intervention for early stage mental health difficulties; and 2) Transition Support for ongoing and complex cases among youth transitioning from child and adolescent services. 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. Practicum students gain experience in clinical assessment using structured interviewing techniques, report writing, consultation with other treating professionals, and individual and group treatments for youth with an array of mental health concerns (e.g., mood and anxiety concerns, emotion dysregulation) using evidence-based treatments.

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. Taylor Hatchard, 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, psychiatrists, nurse care coordinators, primary care (e.g. nurse practitioner, family physician), endocrinologists, transition coach, family educators, social workers, 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. Assessments 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 youth centered, evidence-based treatment to youth presenting with a range of mental health and addictions concerns.
  • Opportunities to co-lead group therapy (e.g. emotion regulation skills, cognitive-behavioural therapy) 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). We will not be accepting summer 2022 practicum placements. We will be accepting placements for fall/winter 2022-2023.

Contact:

Taylor Hatchard, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Youth Wellness Centre,
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
38 James Street S
Hamilton, ON, L8P 4W6
Tel: 905-522-1155 ext: 36249
Email: thachar@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

 

Forensic Psychology

The Forensic Psychiatry Program at SJHH offers secure inpatient, as well as outpatient services for justice involved individuals with mental health issues. The Forensic rotation includes opportunities for training under the supervision of 4 registered psychologists specializing in forensics (Drs. Mini Mamak, Heather Moulden, Bruno Losier, and Peter Sheridan).

Training experiences include:

  • Diagnostic interviewing for psychiatric disorders
  • Assessment of Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility
  • Assessment of risk for reoffending and various forms of violence
  • Psychological assessments, using a wide range of psychological measures
  • Group therapy, specifically addressing criminogenic risk and responsivity factors
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team of professionals
  • Research projects related to the forensic field
  • Weekly individual and group supervision
  • Provision and discussion of literature relevant to assessment and treatment of individuals within the Forensic system and mental health rehabilitation

Please Note: Only more senior students will be considered for this practicum (e.g., students who have completed at least one prior 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), and v) Pain Clinic (Dr. Krsmanovic).  Practica training is individually tailored and may be specialty based (e.g. women’s health) 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; 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, and substance use (e.g. tobacco). 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 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 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). Delivery of services in virtual formats may be negotiated.

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:

Caitlin Davey, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Psychologist 
Mood Disorders Program
St. Joseph's Healthcare
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, ON, L8N 3K7
Phone: 905-522-1155 ext. 35542
E-mail: cdavey@stjoes.ca  

Schizophrenia Services

Schizophrenia and Community Integration Services at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is a large service which includes three inpatient units and two outpatient clinics: Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic and Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC). Practicum placements are typically available at the outpatient clinics and may be 2 days per week during fall-winter, and up to 4 days per week during spring-summer. Advanced practicum students with previous experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness may be considered for a placement in the inpatient program.

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 a psychologist, psychiatrists, registered nurses, family educator, occupational therapists, recreational therapist, social worker, and learners from various disciplines.

Training experiences may include:

  • 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.
  • Medical chart reviews and literature reviews of pertinent evidenced-based practices and research outcomes
  • Administering, scoring and interpreting, neuropsychological and psychological test measures.
  • Providing patients, caregivers, hospital staff, and team members with feedback regarding the results, implications, and recommendations from each assessment.
  • Psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological report writing.
  • Participating in multidisciplinary team meetings to assist in the assessment, treatment planning, and evaluation of outcomes for patients.
  • 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.

Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC)

The Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC) is an outpatient service that strives to support individuals with diagnoses of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders to regain and manage their health and live meaningful lives through the provision of compassionate, innovative, specialized mental health services. The clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, vocational rehabilitation therapists, and learners.

Training experiences may include:

  • Consultation for psychotherapy suitability, including observing and conducting interviews with clients, consulting with referring clinicians, and reviewing charts.
  • Training in diagnostic interviewing as part of assessments for diagnostic clarification.
  • Individual and/or group therapy opportunities using a recovery-oriented CBT for psychosis (CBTp) approach.
  • Opportunities to gain experience in cognitive screening and/or neuropsychological assessment depending on the skill set and training goals of the student.
  • Medical chart reviews and literature reviews of pertinent evidenced-based practices and research outcomes.
  • Psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological report writing.

Schizophrenia Inpatient Program

There are three 24-bed inpatient units with inter-disciplinary staff providing specialized assessment and treatment to individuals with primary diagnoses of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Duration of admission may range from several weeks to several months. Practicum placements on the inpatient units are restricted to experienced learners.

Training experiences may include:

  • Consultation for psychotherapy suitability, including observing and conducting interviews with clients, consulting with referring clinicians, and reviewing charts.
  • Training in diagnostic interviewing as part of assessments for diagnostic clarification.
  • Individual therapy opportunities using a recovery-oriented CBT for psychosis (CBTp) approach.
  • Group therapy opportunities as part of a recovery oriented weekly group comprised of stand-alone modules facilitated by inter-disciplinary allied health staff.
  • Opportunities to gain experience in cognitive screening and/or neuropsychological assessment depending on the skill set and training goals of the student.
  • Medical chart reviews and literature reviews of pertinent evidenced-based practices and research outcomes.
  • Psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological report writing.

Please Note:   Advanced students only. Students applying to Schizophrenia Services are expected to have completed at least one graduate level course relevant to the implementation of CBT and/or the practice of neuropsychology.

Contact:

Heather McNeely, PhD, C.Psych.
Associate Professor and Academic Lead, Schizophrenia Division
Email: hmcneely@stjoes.ca

 

WSIB

The WSIB Specialty Clinic is a busy outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to workers with complex injuries who are experiencing difficulties with functional recovery and returning to work. Our growing multidisciplinary team currently includes psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychometrists, neuropsychologists, and occupational therapy. Supervision is provided by registered Psychologists, Drs. Stephanie Waechter, Colleen Merrifield (until February 2022 only), Samantha Longman-Mills, and Samantha Chen (Supervised Practice). There are opportunities for practicum training during the summer months (May-August, not available in 2022) and during the academic year (September-April, available in 2022-2023).

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

Training experiences may include:

  • Training in completing comprehensive clinical assessments using structured and semi-structured diagnostic interviews and self-report measures (e.g., DART; PAI; PCL-5; DASS-21), and in writing comprehensive clinical reports.
  • Providing workers with feedback related to the results and recommendations of the assessment.
  • Extensive exposure to the process of liaising with WSIB personnel and other members of patients’ care teams (e.g., physicians, community psychologists, Occupational Therapists).
  • Opportunities to provide evidence-based cognitive behavioural interventions for individuals with trauma and stressor-related disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and other psychopathology.
  • Weekly individual supervision meetings (at least one hour) during which individual treatment and assessment cases are discussed, journal club, and peer meetings.
  • Discussion of relevant legislation, as well as research literature relevant to trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and workplace psychological injury.

Contact Information:

Colleen Merrifield, Ph.D., C.Psych. (Until April 2022)
Psychologist
WSIB Specialty Clinic
Email: cmerrifi@stjoes.ca

Stephanie Waechter, Ph.D., C.Psych. (May 2022 and beyond)
Psychologist
WSIB Specialty Clinic
Email: swaechte@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