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.