Nightingale Clinical Internship Program

At Nightingale we support
and guide newcomers in the field of counselling

Our theory of the role and outcomes in practicum programming is an extension of our organizational philosophy and our ethical commitments to counselling therapy. Because we recognize that private practice is an essential pillar in mental health care, we also recognize that it is an essential site to learn on for students choosing this path.

Counsellors and interns at Nightingale can expect different distributions of populations and problems than would be expected to be distributed in agencies, nonprofits, social work environments, and biomedical institutions, but these are not lesser or “easier” problems.

All population- and problem-sets have nuances, we take seriously our role in skillfully guiding newcomers to the field towards mastery with the kinds of people and experiences which show up in the private practices of Canadian counsellors.

Supervision and Alignment

Supervision mirrors our philosophical and pedagogical stance, and is therefore isomorphic with our vision of good work. It is a Counsellor-centered practice sensitive and flexible to what emerge as the essential qualities of the therapists practice. Supervision of practicum students is therefore non-directive and process-based, with a dual-focus on “the case” and the person of the therapist. We are modality-agnostic, and encourage the talents, passions, identities and styles of the intern to be discovered and mastered in what will inevitably become a unique praxis. 

Practicum Structure

Student Counsellors will be provided a structured, cohort-based program which will provide the necessary volume and regularity of clients to achieve our learning outcomes, with a 4:1 (or better) ratio of supervision to client hours. 

Students will be provided with weekly individual supervision throughout the duration of their placement, 4—6 topic based workshops on counselling essentials, and will participate in clinical group supervision with students and associate counsellors. They will also receive occasional access to individual mentorship by the clinic founders, Shane Trudell and hart caplan.

Fiona Jeyachendran will provide the individual supervision. She has years of experience mentoring students and early-career professional therapists, has been teaching since 2019, and has been a Counsellor for over thirty years.