Providing intermediate and advanced training in counselling skills with individuals, couples, and families.

This program is open to candidates who hold either a Masters degree in psychology, counselling or a related field, or who are currently in a Masters program and have completed basic counselling theory. The objective of the program is to provide intermediate and advanced training in counselling skills to provide counseling for individuals who are accessing various counselling programs within SHARE. The program starts in September and concludes in June. SHARE is a non-profit agency that has served the Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody Communities since 1972.

What does the program consist of?

Each student will receive a minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision per week. A series of workshops will be offered across the 2 semesters for about 50+ hours of instruction. Topics covered include: Substance use, trauma, working with children & families, youth issues, Motivational interviewing, depression, strengthening parent-child relationship, grief and loss, improving communication, and co-parenting, and couples therapy to name a few. Students are expected to schedule an average minimum of 7 sessions per week and work one evening per week. Overall, interns are expected to work about 18 hours per week. Clients will be provided by SHARE through existing professional programs which include the Adult Substance Use program, Child & Family program, and Talking Helps (a fee for service program). There will also be opportunities for involvement in some of the groups at the SHARE Counselling Centre.

Applicants should be aware that this is a challenging placement. At a minimum, the Intern should have an advanced level of active listening skills. Many clients will be up against histories of sexual abuse, violence, suicidal ideation/behaviour, problematic substance use, and poverty. Students should also be comfortable working from a strength based collaborative focus in contrast to a focus upon problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the objective of this program?

The objective of the program is to provide intermediate and advanced training in counselling skills to students who are enrolled in a Masters Degree program. 

What does the Internship program consist of?

Each student will receive a minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision per week.  A series of workshops will be offered across the 2 semesters for about 50+ hours of instruction.  Topics covered include Substance use, trauma, working with children & families, working with youth, Motivational interviewing, depression, and couples therapy to name a few. In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend group supervision. 

What is SHARE’s approach to counselling?

Our approach is strength-based and client-centered. It is dedicated to respecting client’s needs, goal, and strengths.

What programs offer placements?

Clients will be provided by SHARE through existing professional programs which include the Adult Substance Use program, Child & Family program, and Talking Helps (a fee for service program). There will also be opportunities for involvement in some of the groups at the SHARE Counselling Centre.

Can an intern work in multiple programs?

Yes.

How much does the internship cost?

There is a one-time fee of $500

Why is there a fee for this internship program?

This is part of a cost recovery approach meant to defray the cost of mentor membership in the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Mentor membership in the BCACC is a requirement of the professional schools.

Do interns need professional liability insurance?

Most universities have their own insurance that covers their students. However, students will also be covered through SHARE’s insurance.

What do we ask from students?

Students are expected to provide counseling for individuals who are accessing various counselling programs within SHARE. Schedule an average minimum of 7 sessions per week and work one evening per week. Overall, interns are expected to work about 18 hours per week.

Who can apply for the internship program at SHARE?

This program is open to candidates who hold either a Masters degree in psychology, counselling or a related field, or who are currently in a Masters program and have completed basic counselling theory.

How to apply:

We encourage students to apply for the internship program early in January. Suitability for internship will be decided after an interview. Submit a covering letter and a Curriculum Vitae to:

Internship Coordinator
2615 Clarke Street - 2nd Floor,
Port Moody, BC
V3H 1Z4
internship@sharesociety.ca
Phone: 604.937.6965
Fax: 604.936.3955