Student Placement Opportunities

Placements for students in a Child and Youth Counsellor program

Residential - Services children between the ages of 6 and 14 who live in the Vanier residences for a three to six month period of time. This placement requires involvement 7 days/week along with morning and afternoon shift work. You will experience working with families, extended family, siblings and children who are the identified clients. You will have the opportunity to learn about case management and work with other community agencies.

In Home Family Service - Services children up to the age of 14 with a Child and Youth Counsellor who goes into the families homes to help parents deal with their children's behavioural difficulties. The emphasis of this intervention is on Child Management with the parents.

Day Treatment School Program - A classroom based service for children from grade one to eight who are not able to attend their community due to primarily behavioural issues.

Early Intervention Program - A classroom based service for children three to five years of age who are experiencing significant difficulties in their community schools and require and alternate educational environment again primarily due to behavioural issues.

Family Bridges - A treatment foster based service for children who require long term placement and resources such as Child and Youth Counsellor and Day Treatment School Program support. Child and Youth Counsellors help foster parents and school personnel deal with the children's behavioural needs.

You are required to have First Aid, CPR, PMAB, a medical and a police check prior to beginning your placement.

For information, call Vanier 519-433-3101

Internship Program

Vanier invites you to become an intern in the Brief Therapy Outpatient Program.

As an intern you will...

  • work with clients who come to our program through the CIT line; most cases involve children aged 6- 15 who have displayed some form of acting-out behavior
  • volunteer 3-5 hours of direct service per week
  • receive in-house supervision at no cost to yourself
  • attend seminars and training programs offered at Vanier
  • learn and apply models of therapy such as Narrative, Solution Focused and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
  • earn credit for therapy hours which can be applied to O.A.M.F.T. clinical membership requirements
  • be part of a creative and supportive team of therapists providing a needed     service to clients and community


A degree in a Counselling Discipline, preferably at the Master's level (i.e. M.S.W., M.Ed., Psychology, etc.).  Those individuals wanting to gain Canadian experience in this field are encouraged to apply! An Interview with the Coordinator of the Program will assess suitability. A commitment of a year in the Clinical Internship Program is optimal.

Interns will also enjoy learning from a wide range of seminar leaders drawn from the veteran staff at Vanier. 

To become an Intern, call Terri Lane at 433-3101 ext. 184.