Upon reaching this page students should have already reviewed the Pre-Practicum Information in the and have a full overview of what is to come. If you haven’t reviewed the Pre-Practicum Section, please review this section as it gives you a full understanding of the roadmap to follow 12 months prior to beginning your practicum through to successfully applying for your practicum.
The Director of Field Training must officially approve all practicums before a student can begin their placement.
When searching for a practicum site, it is important that students recognize their level of competence and look for practicum sites that will provide them with an entry-level counselling experience in general mental health settings.
The search for a practicum opportunity can at times be anxiety-inducing. It is important to realize that it is not uncommon, depending on your area, to have to apply to upwards of 30+ sites to secure one spot. It takes hard work. Not securing a spot does not necessarily mean that you are doing anything wrong. It is also a matter of fit, availability and timing.
For this reason, the way you approach your search is critical. You should absolutely be tracking your search with dates, notes, and other important details. This will allow you to reflect on what you have accomplished so far, provide direction and focus, and help you to time your follow up. For sites that have their own application dates, your tracking sheet will ensure you don’t overlook applying on time. We have provided a tracking sheet for you to use. This resource was developed by the YU Field Training team based on our experience and knowledge about the practicum search process and the type of information that is necessary for students to track.
Try hard not to feel discouraged if your initial attempts are not successful. Remind yourself this is a process that requires persistence and a positive attitude. However, if you find that after contacting 30+ sites you have no success, it may be time to check in with your Practicum Advisor to review your situation. Please be aware, one of the first things your Practicum Advisor will ask for is a copy of your up-to-date tracking sheet, cover letter and resume. This will be important information for them to have in order to assist you.
The requirements for an individual to be approved as a site and/or external supervisor of MACP Practicum students have been changed. The current requirements for practicum supervisors are listed below, beginning January 1, 2022.
The supervisor can practice counselling independently.
Qualifying and/or Provisional status will NOT meet MACP supervisor requirements.
• Current CV or Resume, that includes specific information on completed training, continuing education, workshops, or directed learning in providing clinical supervision.
• Copy of current professional registration, licensure, or certification.
Yorkville University’s MACP Practicum Portal Site Locator is a list of sites that have previously hosted Yorkville students and have indicated they are willing to have their agency or organization be approached by future students seeking placement. It is possible that some of these sites no longer meet current practicum site requirements; or, are not able to offer placements in a particular trimester.
We encourage students to do their own research beyond the sites that are listed, as this is not an exhaustive list. While we work hard to provide students with the most recent and up-to-date contact information for the sites on the list, we also recognize that site information and the site’s ability to accept a student does change from time to time without our knowledge. If you encounter this, please send an email to [email protected] so that we can update the contact information immediately.
As you are researching for potential practicum sites, be sure to read site and supervisor requirements in the Practicum Guide for Students.
It is equally important for students to understand that by the time they have completed their academic coursework, the majority of MACP students are just beginning their counselling careers and, therefore, are novices to the profession. As such, it is important for students to recognize their level of competence and look for practicum sites that will provide them with entry-level counselling experience in general mental health.
In general, appropriate practicum settings that may be acceptable include:
It is vitally important students understand the MACP program is first and foremost a counselling degree and not a psychology degree. As such, the focus of the MACP practicum is to develop basic entry-level counselling skills within the traditional 50-minute counselling session while also learning to appropriately apply psychological theory. It is important students seek out a potential practicum site that has an established and structured mental health counselling delivery model where general mental health issues, such as stress, depression, anxiety, grief, etc. are addressed.
Entry-level counselling students are strongly cautioned away from securing practicums at agencies or organizations where the focus is on highly specialised mental health services, such as:
Agencies that exclusively provide these services are not appropriate for MACP Practicum:
Yorkville University’s MACP degree program is officially recognized by a number of regulatory bodies and professional associations across the country and outside of Canada (see below).
The criteria for certification, registration or membership among the different regulatory bodies and professional associations varies. Therefore, the Department of Field Training recommends that you make yourself fully aware of the criteria of the regulatory body or professional association you wish join post-graduation, as these requirements may differ from the YU practicum requirements.
While you are an MACP student, we also recommend that you inquire directly with the various professional associations about the benefits of obtaining a student membership. The number and variety of benefits available to students will vary among associations, and you will want to be associated with the association that offers benefits that are the most relevant to your professional development, at this time.
Before you secure a practicum placement, it is very important that you self-inform about a regulatory body’s or professional association’s credential requirements for practicum site supervisors. It is your responsibility to ensure you secure a practicum site supervisor who has the credentials required by the regulatory body or professional association you wish to be affiliated with after graduation. It may be that a practitioner meets the YU eligibility criteria for being a practicum site supervisor but does not meet requirements for the supervision required to ensure you can become a member of a particular regulatory body or professional association.
In addition, it is equally very important that you self-inform about a regulatory body’s or professional association’s supervision requirements before you secure a practicum placement. What these are, and how they are applied, vary slightly from organization to organization, and may differ from YU practicum requirements (please see the relevant section of the Practicum Information Guide for the YU requirements). It is your responsibility to check directly with the regulatory body or association in which you are interested, to determine what they require for supervision.
You will want to make sure you are fully informed so that you will be able to maximize any supervision opportunities you may have during your practicum. For some regulatory bodies or professional associations, you will be able to use the hours of supervision acquired during practicum toward your registration or membership application, while for others you may not. In the case of the former, you will want to make sure that you acquire as many qualifying supervision hours as possible from your YU approved site supervisor during your practicum.
As of April 2015, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario recognizes the MACP program offered by Yorkville University. To qualify for registration with the College, individuals applying for membership must have completed a program of education and training in psychotherapy that has allowed them to develop the required entry-to-practice competencies. Yorkville’s MACP degree was one of the first four programs recognized and listed on the CRPO website. See the CRPO website for more information.
The MACP degree meets the academic requirements set out by the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT). Graduates of Yorkville University’s MACP program are eligible to apply for candidacy and upon meeting the requirements of the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT), will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Counselling Therapist under the Counselling Therapist Act of Nova Scotia. See the NSCCT website for more information.
The MACP degree meets the academic requirements set out by the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick (CCTBN). Graduates of Yorkville University’s MACP program are eligible to apply to become a Licenced Counselling Therapist-Candidate (LCT-C) and upon meeting the requirements of the CCTBN, will be eligible for licensure as a Licenced Counselling Therapist (LCT) under the Licensed Counselling Therapy Act of New Brunswick. See the CCTNB website for more information.
The MACP program is approved by TQS for increased teacher certification.
MACP graduates with relevant work experience are eligible to apply for various certifications after completing an exam.
Completing a practicum in place of employment is considered a last resort. It is possible to apply to complete practicum in a student’s place of employment if both the site and proposed practicum supervisor meet the necessary YU eligibility criteria, and the employer is agreeable.
An MACP student interested in doing practicum in his/her/their place of employment must adhere to the following guidelines:
All workplace practicums must receive additional review for approval. To obtain this approval, the student must complete the Practicum Application and provide required supporting documentation, such as the:
For those students applying to complete practicum in their current place of employment, the student is required to submit both the completed Workplace Practicum Information and the Site’s Organizational chart. These documents will be a part of the Practicum Application and must be attached with all the other forms for submission of the practicum application.
The MACP program is aware of challenges that students may face in locating a practicum site and site supervisor, including students who live outside of Canada in being able to complete the practicum requirements. Therefore, the MACP Department of Field Training has created the following policy and viability checklist in order to help students who reside within and outside of Canada achieve a greater potential for success in completing their practicum experience.
The MACP Program encourages international students to solicit a formalized agreement from their prospective practicum site situated beyond the borders of Canada. This agreement should comprehensively delineate various aspects relating to how supervision will be carried out, provide clear information about any potential fees or costs, and provide additional details or explanations about any relevant aspects pertinent to the practicum placement.
The MACP student who desires to complete their Practicum outside of the location within which they reside, or student who resides outside of Canada, is required to provides written responses to a viability checklist questionnaire. The student’s responses will be reviewed by the MACP Associate Director of Field Training and determination will be made as to the viability of the proposed practicum placement.
The primary focus of the MACP practicum is to develop basic entry-level counselling skills within the traditional 50-minute counselling session (talk therapy) while also learning to appropriately apply psychological theory. Young children do not have the verbal nor emotional maturity to express their feelings in the traditional way utilized in talk therapy with older children and adults. MACP will not approve a practicum student to counsel children under the age of seven (7) years.
The MACP student who desires to counsel children age 7-9 years is required to provide written responses to a viability checklist questionnaire and to accompany their practicum application. The student’s responses will be reviewed by the MACP Associate Director of Field Training and determination will be made as to the viability of the proposed practicum placement.
Professional Liability Insurance is required for all practicum students. This policy also extends to students outside of Canada. Insurance coverage should cover the student’s work being performed while in the capacity of a practicum student. Proof of liability insurance documentation must be submitted with the student’s practicum application. Students must maintain a current professional liability insurance policy throughout the practicum. As a general rule, students should purchase an insurance policy limit up to $2 million. However, if you are a student in Ontario working with a Site/Supervisor in Ontario, please be advised that your insurance policy limit should be up to $5 million.
Note: Practicum Students in Ontario who plan to register with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) prior to beginning their practicum, will need to purchase professional liability insurance starting from their CRPO registration date, not from the practicum start date.
In some circumstances depending on the practicum site, students may also be required to purchase an additional professional liability insurance rider. Riders are additional terms that go into effect along with your basic policy, to provide additional coverage and added protection against risks. Students are responsible for checking with their practicum sites to see if additional insurance riders should be purchased. For Practicum students who reside outside of Canada but have a Practicum Supervisor within Canada, there may be additional legal and liability considerations, processes, or restrictions. Students in these situations should notify and consult with their Practicum Advisors or Practicum Coordinators.
Many professional associations (i.e., Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) offer liability insurance coverage as part of a student membership. Students may also obtain insurance through private insurance agents.
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