Counselling Practicum

The opportunity to integrate personal, theoretical and spiritual learning into effective clinical practice

The Community Counselling Centre provides a practicum experience for students in the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (MPS) program at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton, Alberta. We also consider from time to time students from other graduate counselling programs. This practicum is based on an adult learning model in which the student’s personal and professional experience is recognized as being essential to his or her learning process.

Counselling students are invited to be proactive in identifying and achieving their learning goals. We encourage students to be forthright in identifying their learning needs and objectives.

The application process involves an initial appointment to discuss the student’s learn needs. The student would then be invited to join the Community Counselling Centre team for a conversation about our practicum opportunity. The next step would be to complete and submit a written practicum application. If all prerequisites are met, the applicant is then interviewed by two staff members / practicum supervisors.

Counselling Experience

Practicum students have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients presenting the full range of personal concerns. Through experience and supervision, interns learn the following:

  • How to initiate and maintain a therapeutic relationship
  • The use of self in the counselling process
  • Practical application of counselling theory
  • Administrative skills

Counselling Supervision

Practicum students are provided with individual supervision at an average ratio of one hour of supervision to every five hours of client time. Their supervisor will encourage them to pursue their their on-going integration of theory and practice. They are encouraged to take responsibility for personal issues that impact their learning and counselling practice. The Community Counselling Centre provides an environment that emphasizes reflection on lived experience to facilitate this integrative process.

Practicum students participate in Case Conference (group supervision) with seasoned counsellors where clinical work is presented. In this collegial setting input is provided for the enhancement of quality counselling and for peer support.

Students are required to be in the process of their own therapy while seeing clients.

There is some flexibility in regards to Practicum start dates and hours of operation.

For more information please contact John Walker at communitycounsellingcentre@shaw.ca .