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Practicum Placements

Clinical practicum placements for psychology graduate students

Procedures and requirements for MA and PhD students interested in a practicum placement in the Department of Psychology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Criteria for application:

  1. Students must be enrolled in a graduate program in psychology (MA or PhD level).
  2. Students must have completed a graduate course in child or adult assessment and/or intervention.
  3. Students must have completed graduate level courses in child psychopathology, child development, or learning disabilities.
  4. Completion of a course in ethics is preferred.

Deadlines for application:

For fall or summer placements, applications must be submitted by Feb. 1 in each calendar year.

Application process:

  • Submit a PDF document containing a cover letter and CV to the email below.
  • The cover letter should contain the following information:
    • Brief description of your training and skills.
    • Reason for applying to SickKids.
    • Assessment focus vs. intervention focus placement desired.
    • Number of hours and days per week requested.
    • Desired duration of placement (for example, September to April).
    • Specific rotations/programs you are most interested in.
  • Submit one or two reference letters:
    • Please ask your referees to submit these directly to the email below. Any file format is acceptable.
  • Please do NOT submit university course transcripts.
  • Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

No applications will be considered if received after the stated deadlines. Your application will be reviewed by staff available to offer placements and you will be contacted directly if an interview is going to be scheduled.

Notification of placement offers will be made in mid-March.

Practicum students will usually work with and under the supervision of one psychologist in one specific program. Occasionally, a student will be offered a placement where their time is shared between two staff psychologists. Please see the department website for detailed descriptions of programs serviced by the Department of Psychology. We continue to have only limited positions available and the number of placements offered may vary each year. Most years placements are offered in the Eating Disorders program and in Neuropsychological Assessment.

In addition to direct clinical work, students will have the opportunity to attend interdisciplinary rounds, case conferences and professional development offered within a specific program and within the larger Department of Psychology. This includes monthly Psychology Rounds, Psychology Education Day and didactic seminars offered in the Department of Psychology.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Robyn Westmacott