Research Internship

The Research Assistantship is one component in the ongoing research undertaken at Nightingale. Each year one or more students are selected to work directly with our research principal(s).  For more information on becoming an intern and to make an application, please visit our Research Internship Program page.
2021 Research Internship

2021 Research Project

Clients of private practice counselling therapy have an expectation that healthcare delivery will reflect the best practices contemporaneously available. Implementing and improving the quality of that care—beyond basic ethical standards—is currently the responsibility of individual counselling therapists. 
The 2021 Research Internship Project aims at addressing the following questions:
  • What role can private practice institutions play in facilitating the highest standard of healthcare delivery?
  • To what degree can Learning Health Systems be integrated in smaller scale, qualitatively-driven counselling therapy contexts?
  • How can we enhance feedback loops between practice and research to make them rapid and bidirectional?
  • How can we measure outcomes of these processes?
The following three part plan encompasses the main objectives of the 2021 Research Assistantship.
  • Building a database of the relevant literature on the topic
  • Discovering the relevant methodologies of any global mental health organizations performing this work
  • Naming and coordinating interviews with relevant local stakeholders
  • Establishing a methodology for documenting the process of becoming a Learning Health Organization
  • Producing communications addressing Phase 1 process and results
Brady Klapman
Brady Klapman served as the 2021 Research Project Intern for Nightingale Counselling. Brady is a recent Psychology graduate from the University of British Columbia, who plans to pursue a career in the field. As the Research Project Intern, Brady compiled a database of relevant literature surrounding Learning Health Systems and mental health, and interpreted the methodology and results found in the research. She also contributed to the creation of Nightingale’s ‘LHS Draft’, including an annotated bibliography outlining the relevant literature.