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 her or his or their 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 the submission of a written practicum application.  If all prerequisites are met, the applicant is then interviewed by CCC directors / 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.

The Community Counselling Centre is a private practice setting and our practicum students have the opportunity to learn some of the skills involved in running a private practice counselling office. Practicum students will contribute non-client hours to the operations of the agency.

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.

The next Practicum start date is January, 2021. The application deadline is October 31, 2020. Expressions of interest are strongly encouraged by September 30, 2020.

For more information please contact Roger Thiessen at rogerthiessen@me.com.