Clinical Psychology Practicum Program

At the Downtown Psychology Clinic, we aim to support the career development of our associates, and foster an atmosphere of collegiality, consultation, and mentorship amongst our team members.

About Us

Our practicum program is designed to help train current Ph.D. students in Clinical Psychology in the provision of high-quality, evidenced-based assessment and treatments for children, adolescents, and adults, within a private practice setting.  Previous trainees have a strong record of matching at high quality residency programs.

We focus on further developing clinicians’ skills in the areas of evidence-based treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies.  We can provide clinical experience in the areas of:

  • Anxiety Disorders, including Worry, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Health Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Body image distress and eating related concerns
  • Coping with chronic health conditions and medical concerns
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Fertility concerns and perinatal mental health
  • Sexuality and sexual health
  • Workplace issues and return to work
  • Relationship issues

The practicum program is 6 months in length, with trainees committing to 1-2 days per week of client work.  Trainees will be expected to see 4-5 clients per day and will receive 1-2 hours of weekly supervision.  Trainees will also participate in group peer supervision, report-writing, educational events, readings and didactic seminars.

Potential Candidates

  • Are in their process of completing their Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (i.e., M.A or M.Sc. degree has been successfully completed)
  • Have experience in assessment and treatment with adults, children or adolescents
  • Are committed to evidence-based practice (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, EFT, Mindfulness, etc.),
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Value teamwork

Applications should include:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A cover letter indicating your training goals and clinical interests
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of reference from referees who are familiar with your clinical skills. Please have the referees email the reference letters and indicate your name in the subject line.

Applications should be emailed to and addressed to Dr. Daniel Peluso. Interviews for successful applicants will be offered within several weeks of the receipt of the application package.

For more information, please see our brochure.

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