Program Information: Student Wellness Centre - Counselling

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1869
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Victoria
Department: Student Wellness Centre - Counselling
Address: Student Wellness Centre - Counselling
University of Victoria
2300 McKenzie Ave
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3P2
Country: Canada
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 69 miles from Vancouver, BC
Phone: 250-721-8563
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Leah Wilson
Chief Psychologist: Rita Knodel
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/22/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 15000
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Regular professional development opportunities made available onsite throughout the year, including interdisciplinary training opportunities with Health, International Student Services, and the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement. We also have relationships with another local internship site and have arranged for additional collaborative didactic opportunities, which facilitates interdisciplinary training and offers an additional developmental lens to clinical work.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site An intern will engage in a variety of tasks in a given day, including providing individual counselling, co-facilitating a group, engaging in supervision or case consultation, and completing administrative tasks. Depending on the day, the intern may also be providing supervision to a Masters level practicum student or engaging in an outreach activity on the broader campus community or engaging in research tasks (e.g., dissertation). The intern may also spend portions of their day involved in our campus Eating Disorder Collaborative or involved in consultation at SWC Health (primary care). Days of the week are diverse with regards to tasks. Consideration is given to balance in daily tasks. Work-life balance is emphasized at our site.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2021 11:59 PM EST
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Interviews for the match are completed individually via Zoom and are approximately 1.5 hours in duration. We typically begin interviews in the second week of January. Applicants who will be invited to interview will be contacted on December 3 to start the scheduling process for the New Year.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of British Columbia University of Calgary Adler University-Chicago Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles Adler University, Vancouver University of Saskatchewan The Wright Institute
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: Yes
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 600
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Please see our brochure for more information on eligibility requirements.
Program Description

Counselling at the Student Wellness Centre at the University of Vicotira (UVic) provides psychological services to UVic students, as well as consulting services to members of the University community. Our Doctoral Psychology Internship Program adopts a scientist-practitioner model to ensure ethical and evidence-informed practice, and is designed to be generalist in nature. Our program provides training in seven core competency areas: individual counselling, assessment, group counselling, supervision, outreach/consultation/program development, diversity, and professional ethics.

At Counselling, interns are viewed as early emerging professionals who are engaged in much of the same activities as the rest of the clinical team. Interns have access to the same on site training/professional development opportunities as clinical staff, and are included in the weekly staff meetings and other planning meetings. All staff members of Counselling are integral to the learning and training environment and interact regularly with the interns over the course of the internship year. We strive to create a learning and work environment that is supportive and collegial, committed to professional development in the service of the client population with whom we work, and respectful of individual differences.

As a unit within Student Services at UVic, Counselling is involved in a number of inter-unit collaborations on campus. This includes counselling specific efforts (e.g., Indigenous counsellors available in collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement; group counselling offerings in partnership with Multifaith), multi-disciplinary care coordination (e.g., care coordination team with Centre for Accessible Learning, Health, case managers), and event-based partnerships (e.g., “Five Ways to Say Hello” in collaboration with International Student Services and Equity and Human Rights). Such campus collaborations offer a rich and diverse learning experience for interns at Counselling.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

Interns have the opportunity to be involved with the UVic Eating Disorders Collaborataive which is a multidisciplinary and collaborative treatment program involving Physicians, Psychiatry, Psychologists and Counsellors, Dietitians, and Nurses. Regular case consultation occurs as a part of this programming. In addition, through our emerging integration with Health to create the Student Wellness Centre, interns have the opportunity to have exposure to and experience with supervised practice in working as a Counselling Consultant within primary care.

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 11 10 16 12
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 6 10 13 12
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 1 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 0 24
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 4 51 1
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 2 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 1 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 1