Internship, Practicum and Supervised Practice
We are looking for interns and pre-licenced professionals to join our thriving practice. The Healing Tree Psychology and Wellness Centre is a West Island psychology clinic providing a whole-person, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, in-depth treatment approach to healing and recovery from a variety of emotional and psychological disorders. Our reputation is based on excellence, integrity, and high treatment standards in the local community and greater Montreal area. Our practice is expanding very rapidly and we want to invest in individuals who can represent our vision and want to be part of this exciting team.
This is a paid internship opportunity (unless prohibited by your program). Schedule and hours can be flexible and may include daytime, evening or weekends. Supervision (individual and group) and training are a key part of the internship experience, and you will have a close working relationship with the clinic’s co-directors. This position allows you to work either in-office and/or virtually. Office space is provided for face-to-face sessions, and we also provide access to a secure platform for conducting online therapy. It is available to Quebec residents only.
This internship is ideal for those looking to develop broad-based counselling skills working with adults struggling with various mental health conditions and presenting issues. There are many diverse learning opportunities available at our private practice, and specific opportunities available to provide services in the areas of emotional eating/body image issues and trauma. The opportunity to stay on after the internship as a full-fledged member of our team is not only possible, but encouraged.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Experience or interest in working in the areas of emotional eating/body image issues and/or trauma would be an asset
- Ability to work evenings or weekends an asset, as is bilingualism
- A strong work ethic, showing good initiative, independence, and an ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Strong interpersonal skills are a necessity, as are strong computer literacy/technological savviness
We offer three types of internship opportunities:
Option A: Graduate level students (Master’s or Ph.D. levels) pursuing a formal practicum/internship placement for their program. These are candidates who are in the process of obtaining their degree (in Clinical Psychology and/or Counselling), and looking to complete a formal internship.
Please note that at the present time we only accept one student every semester (fall, winter and summer). Deadlines for applying are as follows:
- For practica starting in September, the deadline to submit application is March 1st
- For practica starting in January, the deadline to submit application is July 1st
- For practica starting in May, the deadline to submit application is November 1st
Option B: Applicants for the OPQ Psychotherapy Licence. These are graduates of a Master’s or Ph.D. program applying for a Psychotherapy Internship to meet requirements for the OPQ’s Psychotherapy licence.
There is no deadline to apply; we accept applicants all year-round.
Having supervised several interns completing this stream, we are well-versed in and familiar with the OPQ’s requirements and application process. We can guide you through the often complex procedures leading you to obtain licensure as a Psychotherapist. Many of our interns have completed a Master’s in Counselling, and are also pursuing licensure with the OCCOQ, which presents additional complexities that we can help you navigate.
Option C: Pre-licensed professionals. These can include:
- Doctoral candidates in Clinical Psychology/Counselling (not a formal internship) looking to gain additional clinical experience
- Graduates of a Master’s or Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology/Counselling applying for equivalency with the OPQ
- Professionals in the process of applying for licensure after having completed a graduate degree who require supervised practice and are looking to gain clinical experience through an informal practicum.
There are no deadlines to apply for this type of internship.
Interested candidates MUST send their resume and cover letter to us with their application, that outlines how their work and life experience directly relate to the position for which they are applying to and/or how they may be an asset to our centre. If the internship is required as part of an academic program or to obtain licensure with the OPQ, a clear list of internship requirements (clinical hours, supervision requirements, etc.) must also be included in the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Candidates may send their application to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that only selected applicants will be contacted.