Pre-doctoral Internships and Practicum Placements in Counselling

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 Internships and Practicum Placements in Counselling

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 /

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 /

Early applications are welcome and encouraged to avoid disappointment.

For more information contact:

Les Reimer MA RCC
Tel: 778.782.3073

Pre-doctoral Internship in Counselling (Sept - Aug)

Health & Counselling Services at Simon Fraser University (SFU) offers 2 full-time pre-doctoral internships to doctoral students in counselling psychology. Our advanced generalist program is full-time over 12-months and pre-doctoral Interns complete at least 1,600 hours of supervised training. The stipend for the year is $35,000. Interns routinely work 40 hours per week with recognized holidays, full benefits, vacation and sick leave. We also provide generous support for professional development opportunities to supplement our on-site activities. The placement typically begins at the start of September and ends August 31 the following year.

Our internship provides training in the core functional skill areas in accordance with CPA accreditation guidelines and the Schedule H requirements of College of Psychologists of British Columbia.  Interns will gain the kind of broad generalist experience that will prepare them to work in practice settings of their choice and to make unique contributions to the profession and society.

The goal of the program is to provide interns with an opportunity to experience a diverse and comprehensive set of learning and professional activities to enhance their counselling knowledge and skills in preparation for independent practice and registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

Application deadline: November 2, 2021

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

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Summary of Doctoral Training & Preparation for Internship:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be sent via email to 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.
Director of Pre-Doctoral Internship
Phone: 778-782-5200

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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