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Learning Opportunities

Westcoast Family Centres society is dedicated to the development of members of the community through various education affiliations. We have various opportunities for students to learn, grow, and be a part of our collective mission. 

 
 

Child and Youth Practicum Program 

Westcoast Family Centres is proud to be partnered with Douglas College to support the learning experiences of students enrolled in Child, Family and Community Studies. The purpose of Practice Education is to provide students with the opportunity to practice core competencies and apply classroom theory to practical tasks in the workplace.

Child, Family and Community Studies (CFCS) students work in close and supportive relationships with others. The vision of CFCS is to prepare exemplary graduates for the changing communities in which they work, live and learn. CFCS provides comprehensive educational programs, credentials and pathways to the workplace and further professional development. CFCS is committed to the continual development of current and emergent practices and curriculums.

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Clinical Internship Program

The Clinical Internship Program at Westcoast Family Centres Society offers an opportunity for students undergoing their master's level counselling, child and youth, and social work to complete their required practicum and professional registration requirements. The 5 - 10 month program is an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience within a strength-based counselling agency. For the past 14 years Westcoast Family Centres Clinical Internships Program has worked with students from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, Dalhousie University, Yorkville University, and Adler University.

Clinical Interns apply their clinical counselling skills working with children and adults who face various barriers and challenges. Interns are provided with training and experience in evidence based interventions, expressive therapeutic techniques, and other methods. Our practitioners work from a trauma-informed perspective, emphasizing sensitivity, patience, and compassion. Interns are provide training and hand-on-experience with Service Assessment, Service Plans, Comprehensive Reports, and ongoing case documentation.

Our goal is that at the end of the program, students will develop the necessary skills, perspectives, and professionalism as counsellors and therapists.

Applicant Requirements

Internship positions are offered to individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Pursuit or near completion of Master’s degree in a related discipline from a recognized North American Institution

  • Graduate level courses in the related area and/or substantial professional experience in identified areas

  • Clear criminal record

Application Process

Applications for the Clinical Internship Program are accepted throughout the year. Please email us at careers@westcoastfamily.org with the following information:

  • A short essay stating your academic background and interest to work with WFC

  • Your resume

  • A copy of your educational record (enrollment and/or transcript)

  • Letters of reference from two professionals

  • The intended time-frame of your internship (Minimum 5 months)

 

Co-op Opportunities

 

We offer co-op in various fields within the agency. This is an opportunity for students to gain skills, industry experience, and provide support to complete their degree. Co-op terms are full-time for 4 or 8 months at a time.

 
 
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Davina Gounden - SFU Student

“Working for a non-profit such as WFC includes a variety of responsibilities and great possibilities for a student looking for a well-rounded experience.”

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Ashlin Roche - SFU Student

“I have had the opportunity to refine my skills in internal and external communication in a manner that closely relates to the agency’s mission.”

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