VCH Psychology Practicum Opportunities
Vancouver Coastal Health offers Psychology Practicum placements for students currently enrolled in CPA-accredited graduate PhD training programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Our clinical faculty are committed to providing high quality training and supervision in both Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, with a strong scientist-practitioner orientation. Through ongoing evaluation of the training needs, strengths and interests of practicum students, rotations are tailored to maximize an individual student’s growth in the provision of evidence-based assessment and intervention skills, the translation of research into practice, their knowledge of ethics and diversity issues and the facilitation of the student’s professional identity.
Supervision is provided by Psychologists who are registered by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. In some cases, supervision may be offered by psychology residents in a tiered supervision model overseen by the registered psychologist. Many members of the Psychology Department have active research programs and teaching responsibilities within the hospital, the medical school at UBC and the university at large. Hospital Psychologists work closely with physicians and other health professionals in the departments of psychiatry, neurology, medicine, surgery and geriatric medicine. As such, additional opportunities for supervision by other health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses) may also be available, depending on the rotation.
In addition to direct clinical work, students are encouraged to attend didactic opportunities offered by the Vancouver Coastal Health Psychology Department (e.g., Pre-Doctoral Resident Seminars; Psychology Grand Rounds) as well as any other hospital colloquia that may be of interest to them (e.g., UBC Neurology and Psychiatry Grand Rounds).
Thank you for your interest in a Psychology Practicum with Vancouver Coastal Health.