Practicum Student Information

At Options Community Services Counselling program, we believe in the value of educating and supporting new counsellors. As such, we offer an 8 month practicum placement for students working towards their Master's degree in counselling or Psychology. This 8 month program offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of our counselling areas (please refer to the counselling section of the website for details) while also affording the opportunity to learn from a greater counselling team with a wide range of expertise and experience. A practicum placement with the Options counselling program offers students the chance to work with diverse clientele and experience working within a community non profit environment, while simultaneously assisting the agency in continuing to offer high quality, no cost counselling services to our community. Practicum students are involved in every aspect of the counselling program, including working with clients, completing paperwork, participating in staff meetings and supervision, and liaising with community partners.

The following is a brief overview of our commitment to our students, and our expectations and requirements.

We commit to providing:

  • Appropriate clientele
  • Individual and group supervision
  • Training and ongoing support
  • Office space and supplies
  • A welcoming, supportive atmosphere

We expect students to:

  • Attend a minimum number of client sessions per week
  • Attend staff meetings, group and individual supervision
  • Complete all paperwork in a timely and accurate manner
  • Be punctual, respectful and kind

To apply, please submit a resume between February 1st and March 15th prior to the September in which you wish to begin your practicum. Applications should include proof of enrollment in an accredited Master's degree program. Applications should also demonstrate passion for counselling and for working with the children, youth and their families. Please indicate the program for which you are applying (Family Counselling, Suicide Prevention, Education and counselling (SPEAC) or Sexual Abuse Counselling (SAC). 

What happens after we receive your applications? 

After March 15th, all applications will be reviewed and we will be in contact with short-listed candidates to arrange for an interview. 

We will not be following up with individuals prior to the March 15th deadline.

Thank you to all who have expressed interest in doing a practicum placement at Options Community Services Counselling Services program for the fall 2016/17 school year. We have filled the practicum position and are not longer screening applicants.

** Please note that not all programs accept practicum students every year. Students who are not able to commit to the 8 month program will not be considered.

Applications can be submitted to:

Nancy Orlikow
Counselling Services Manager
9815 - 140 Street
Surrey, BC   V3T 4M4
Email: nancy.orlikow@options.bc.ca
Phone: (604) 584-5811

Contact Info:
Nancy Orlikow
Senior Program Manager
604.584.5811 ext. 1325
nancy.orlikow@options.bc.ca