Training Opportunities for
Individuals Eligible for Registration with the College of Psychologists of BC
Wise Mind Centre offers support and supervisions to individuals who have obtained their doctoral degree and are in the process of registration with the College of Psychologists of BC. All of our former supervisees have stayed on to become associates of the clinic upon registration. 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 from an accredited graduate program and/or internship. We are particularly interested in applicants who have had solid training in evidence-based treatments (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, Prolonged Exposure, E/RP for OCD) and are interested in furthering their traning in these treatment approaches. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Please submit a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Debbie Leung (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Practicum for 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 want 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 CBT, DBT, mindfulness based treatments (e.g., ACT), and trauma-informed treatments (e.g., prolonged exposure therapy) to adults and adolescents struggling with complex disorders and emotion regulation difficulties. We offer a one-year advanced practicum (length negotiable) for Ph.D.-level students who have some prior experience in providing evidence-based clinical assessment and psychological treatments. Experience in cognitive-behavioral treatment approach would be an asset.
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 typically have the opportunities to (depending on clinic needs):
- Learn to form diagnostic impressions and make treatment recommendations based on initial assessment
- Gain in-depth understanding of functions and modes of DBT by
o Providing DBT or DBT-informed individual therapy sessions to 3 to 5 clients
o Co-leading a DBT skills group for 1.5 (multi-family adolescents) or 2 (adults) hours per week
o Participating in a weekly DBT consultation team meeting
o Providing phone coaching in between sessions
- Receive weekly supervision from a registered psychologist
- Writing integrated reports (depending on clinic needs and clinician interest)
A minimum of a one-year commitment is required (a longer term committment is preferred).
Trainees with a master degree will be reimbursed for direct clinical service.
If interested, please submit a letter of interest, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation to Dr. Debbie Leung (email@example.com).
Our clinic typically follows the practicum application timeline set forth by UBC and SFU. For 2023, the deadline and notifcation dates are as follow:
Mon, Feb 27, 2023 – Application deadline
Mon, Mar 27, 2023 – Notification date
Thank you for your interest.
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