“Rock bottom became the foundation upon which I built my life.” 

- J.K. Rowling -
Dr. Sharleen McDowall, Psy.D., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist
Internship Program Internship Program

Internship Program

McDowall Counselling & Consulting Group is a training centre for Masters and Doctorate practicum students.  We also offer a doctorate level internship and supervision for individuals pursuing master level certification and those requiring supervised practice for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Practice Overview

Training Philosophy & Goals: Our associates are committed to client care and teaching. The primary goal of our training program is to prepare therapists-in-training to become ethical, independent, compassionate, and clinically competent therapists through individualized training with exposure to various types of clientele and services.

Populations Served: Our practice serves a variety of populations including adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. Our clients seek services for a number of issues that include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, anger management, grief and loss, low self-esteem, relationship issues, separation and divorce, family-of-origins, trauma and abuse, and work and stress management. We provide a non-discriminatory service, respecting and being sensitive to race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, abilities, religion and sexual orientation.

Services Offered

Counselling Services

  • Individual Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Adolescents/Teens, Children
  • Career Counselling
  • Group Counselling
  • Domestic Violence (PARS)

Assessment Services

  • Psychological Assessments
  • Career/Vocational Assessments
  • ADHD Assessments
  • Learning Disability Assessments
  • Psycho-Educational Assessments
  • Immigration Assessments
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Assessments

Expectations of Candidates

  • A minimum of 500 hours commitment is required with at least 250 hours allocated to direct client contact
  • An 8 month time commitment is required
  • Candidates are expected to have 50% of their core courses completed, as well as their ethics course complete before the start of their placement
  • Candidates must have an interest in learning about the intake and administrative component of the private practice setting.
  • Willing to travel to 2 or 3 of our locations in the GTA
  • Available to work evenings and weekends 

Application Process & Selection Procedures

  Positions Available Each Term

  • 1 M.A Practicum or M. Ed. Practicums
  • 2 PhD, Psy.D or EdD Practicums
  • 1 Doctorate Level Internship and/or Supervised Practice Position

  Application Deadlines

April 1st

August 1st

January 1st

September – April     Fall Placement 

January – August      Winter Placement

May – December      Spring Placement

Application Requirements
  1. Cover letter that states your areas of interest and goals
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Official graduate transcript
  4. Three letters of reference
  5. A letter from your academic program’s director of training indicating that; (a) you are completing all the core program requirements; and (b) your application for internship is supported

ā€‹Please email your applications to Lori DaCosta at admin@counsellingtoronto.com 

  Interview Process

  1. Preliminary Telephone Interviews
  2. In-Person Interviewsā€‹

Supervision Requirements

  • Students will meet with their supervisors for 1 hour of supervision each week unless otherwise specified
  • Attendance is mandatory for a 4 hour group supervision each month
  • Attendance is mandatory for two peer supervision groups each month
 We are interested in committed and serious-minded individuals only.
If you are serious about having a comprehensive placement 
experience, we invite you to apply.


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