Pre-doctoral and Counselling Practicum Placements

Health & Counselling at Simon Fraser University offers pre-doctoral internships and practicum training opportunities in counselling. See below for program details and contact information. 

Pre-doctoral and Counselling Practicum Placements 

Counselling Practicum Placements

Part-time, unpaid practicum opportunities available to Masters level students in counselling and clinical psychology programs. The experience is designed to enable students to further develop their counselling skills, interests, and professional identities working with an integrated team of counselling, medical, and health promotion professionals.

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Practicum Options:

Summer Practicum Program (INTENSIVE)

  • Mid-April - End of August 2023
    A five month commitment
    4 days per week
    Students will maintain a caseload of 12-16 clients hours per week
    Application deadline: January 19th, 2023 (or open until filled)
    (Please Inquire by email ljreimer@sfu.ca / lyndsays@sfu.ca)

Fall/Spring Practicum Program

  • September 2022 – April 2024
    An eight-month commitment
    2.5 days per week
    Students will maintain a caseload of 8-10 client hours per week
    Application deadline: Monday, February 7, 2023 (or open until filled)

(We will gladly discuss with you our unique and diverse counselling practicum opportunity. Please Inquire by email ljreimer@sfu.ca / lyndsays@sfu.ca)

Early applications are welcome and encouraged to avoid disappointment.

For more information contact:


Lyndsay Cotterall, RCC

Tel: 778.782.5821
Email: lyndsays@sfu.ca  

Pre-doctoral Supplemental Practicum Placements  (Sept - Aug)

Health & Counselling at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is offering flexible pre-doctoral supplemental practicum placements to doctoral students in counselling psychology. It is ideally suited for students looking for additional practicum hours primarily in interventions prior to applying for residency programs. Our advanced generalist program provides either an 8 or 12 month part time placement or a 5 month summer intensive placement, with some flexibility in the length of placement. Full supervision will be provided, with the required one hour of supervision for every four hours of therapy provided by a B.C. Registered Psychologist, with at least half of the supervision being individual supervision. The placements typically starts at the beginning of September, with the summer intensive practicum starts at the beginning of April.

Our practicum placement provides training in the core functional skill areas found in the Schedule H requirements of College of Psychologists of British Columbia. The goal of the program is to provide practicum students with an opportunity to experience a diverse and comprehensive set of learning and professional activities to enhance their counselling knowledge and skills. Pre-doctoral practicum students will gain the kind of broad generalist experience that will prepare them to work in a future residency program.

Ideally, we are looking for pre-doctoral students who are already masters level clinical counsellors and have some experience in risk assessment. At a minimum we are looking for those who have successfully completed their foundational pre-doctoral coursework in intervention and assessment.  

Application deadline:  July 20, 2022 for Sept 2022 (or open until filled). 

SFU's Pre-Doctoral Program was featured in the following publications:

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Summary of Doctoral Training Form:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be sent via email to adassist@sfu.ca. Reference letters should be sent by the reference writers via email to adassist@sfu.caMock demonstration videos should be sent via mail on a USB drive. 

Our mailing address:

Attention: Administrative Assistant

Health and Counselling Services 
Simon Fraser University 
MBC 0164, 8888 University Drive 
Burnaby BC  V5A 1S6

For more information contact:

Dr. Shona Adams, R.Psych. #2558
Director of Pre-Doctoral Internship
Phone: 778-782-5200
Email: shona_hcs@sfu.ca

List of Pre-doctoral Interns and Post-docs at SFU Health & Counselling Services

2020-2021

  • Ayumi Sasaki (University of British Columbia)
  • Irina Vartan Della Rossa (University of British Columbia)
  • Shereen Khan, Ph.D

2019-2020

  • Liliana Cortez (University of British Columbia)
  • Sean Heaslip (University of British Columbia)

2018-2019

  • Kevin Lutz (University of British Columbia)
  • E. Sarah Becker (University of British Columbia)

2017-2018

  • Karen Ross (University of Calgary)
  • Ada Law (University of British Columbia)

2016-2017

  • Jessie Wall (University of British Columbia)
  • Dave Munro (University of British Columbia)

2015-2016

  • Becky Stewart (University of British Columbia)
  • Lynn DuMerton (University of British Columbia)

2014-2015

  • Erin King-Brown, Ph.D., R.Psych. (University of Toronto)
  • Patricia Nitkin, Ph.D. (Post-Doc – University of British Columbia)

2013-2014

  • Patricia Nitkin, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)
  • Enzula Tavormina (University of British Columbia)

2012-2013

  • Emily Koert, Ph.D., R.Psych. (University of British Columbia)

2011-2012

  • Rosa Wu, Ph.D., R.Psych. (University of Toronto)

2010-2011

  • Kasim Al-Mashat, Ph.D., R.Psych. (University of British Columbia)

2008-2009

  • Jessica Tarzwell
  • Douglas Ozier, Ph.D., R.Psych. (University of Alberta)

2007-2008

  • Fred Crawford (University of British Columbia)
  • Dorothy Griesl

2005-2006

  • Maria Iaquinta, Ph.D., R.Psych. (University of British Columbia)

2004-2005

  • Lee Butterfield, Ph.D., R.Psych. (University of British Columbia)

2002-2003

  • Paul Whitehead, Ph.D., R. Psych. (University of British Columbia)