Volunteer Intern Program

Program Description

Catholic Family Services of Toronto (CFST) offers a training program for Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy that allows prospective therapists a chance to apply theory to practice. Participants will acquire clinical experience by directly interacting with clients.

The curriculum includes opportunities for working with individual, couple, and family clients. When opportunity permits, prospective therapists may assist in facilitating group programs offered by the agency. Supervised instruction and training is provided by Registered Social Workers or Registered Psychotherapists. In addition, interns will have the chance to consult and learn from senior therapists across different theoretical persuasions. The intern will receive clinical supervision, engage in case discussion in team meetings, and hold case presentations for colleagues.

Expectations and Commitment

The practicum takes place for one full year from September to August each year. Prospective therapists are expected to make a one-year commitment, and be available between 7-21 hours per week during which, the intern will have the opportunity to work with clients on Intake, in Walk-In, and through our regular counseling services. Interns are also encouraged to actively engage in other agency activities to understand the organization’s objectives and goals.

CFST is open for client services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Potential Interns

The program offers professional growth and development for prospective social workers and psychotherapists, and is targeted towards:

  • Graduates with a Master of Social Work (MSW) or a related master’s or doctoral degree, and are seeking clinical experiences;
  • Foreign-trained Social Workers or clinically-trained professionals who wish to obtain counselling work experience in Canada.

Application Process

There is no fee required. To register for our volunteer intern program, the following documents must be submitted by July 1.

  • A resume or CV that states relevant academic and/or work experience
  • A letter of interest
  • A list of references
  • A completed application form

Eligible applicants will be interviewed by the supervisor. Successful candidates will be further asked for a police security check and proof of identity. Applicants must also be registered or be eligible to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Contact Information

For more information about the training program, please contact Shereen McFarlane at 416 222-0048 X 232.

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