Training Opportunities for

Non-Registered Clinicians

Individuals Eligible for Registration with the College of Psychologists of BC

Wise Mind Centre offers clinical supervision to individuals who have obtained their doctoral degree in clinical/counseling psychology and want to start their registration application with the College of Psychologists of BC. All of our former supervisees in this category have stayed on to become associates of the clinic after they become registered with the College. Applicants can request to work with registered psychologists at the clinic whose areas of expertise are compatible with their treatment approach and clinical interests. Preference is given to those who have obtained their doctoral degree and internship training from an accredited graduate program and/or internship site. We are particularly interested in applicants who have had solid training in evidence-based treatments with a behavioral focus (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, Prolonged Exposure, E/RP for OCD) and are interested in furthering their training in evidence-based treatment approaches. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Please submit a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Debbie Leung (


Clinical Practicum for Advanced Graduate Students

Wise Mind Centre offers practicum opportunities for students enrolled in graduate programs in counseling or clinical psychology. Our trainees are from University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and Adler University.  We take our training seriously and are commited to provide our trainees with advanced training in working with individuals with complex clinical presentations. Supervision is provided weekly individually and in a group format. See below a description of our current graduate practicum program.

Headed by Dr. Debbie Leung, the Wise Mind Centre is a growing private practice that provides primarily evidence-based treatments to adults and adolescents struggling with complex disorders and emotion regulation difficulties. We offer a one-year advanced practicum (length negotiable but a longer term is preferrable) for graduate students with a master degree (or equivalent) and have some prior experience in providing evidence-based clinical assessment and psychological treatments. Experience in cognitive-behavioral treatment approach would be an asset. 

Practicum Description:

This practicum provides supervised training in DBT and other evidence-based cognitive- behavioral treatments for problems such as suicidality, deliberate self-harm, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, avoidance behavior, severe anxiety, OCD, substance use problems, shame, and treatment-resistant depression. 

Practicum students will have the opportunities to: 

  • Learn to form diagnostic impressions and make treatment recommendations based on initial assessment
  • Gain in-depth understanding of functions and modes of DBT by
    • Providing DBT or DBT-informed individual therapy sessions to 3 to 5 clients
    • Co-leading a DBT skills group for 1.5 (multi-family adolescents) or 2 (adults) hours per week
    • Participating in weekly DBT consultation team meeting
    • Providing phone coaching in between sessions for clients in DBT program
  • Receive weekly supervision from a registered psychologist
  • Learn how to manage waitlist for DBT program
  • Writing integrated reports (depending on clinical needs and clinician interest)

Length of Practicum: A minimum of a one-year commitment is required. Longer term preferred.

Start date: summer to early September 2024

Trainees will be paid $30 per hour for direct clinical service. 

How to Apply: 

If interested, please submit a letter of interest, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors to Dr. Leung (

Application deadline

Our clinic typically follows the practicum application timeline set forth by UBC and SFU. For 2024, the deadline and notifcation dates are as follows:

Mon, Feb 26, 2024 – Application deadline

Mon, Mar 25, 2024 – Notification date

Thank you for your interest.

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