Graduate Internship Program

At Family Services of the North Shore (FSNS) we offer a comprehensive internship program for master’s level counselling and social work students who need to complete their practicum and professional registration requirements. The ten month program provides our interns with an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience within a community based counselling agency, while enabling the agency to continue its tradition of providing in-depth, affordable counselling services to North Shore residents. Under the guidance of an individual supervisor on our staff, each intern is fully involved in all aspects of the counselling process and may work with individual adults and/or children and assist in group facilitation.

Three to five interns form our intern team each year and benefit from mutual support, group supervision (in addition to individual supervision), and training sessions offered by our staff on a wide variety of topics.

Programs accepting interns will be among the following:

  • Child and Youth Counselling & Prevention Program
  • Stopping the Violence Counselling Program
  • Individual, Couple and Family Counselling Program

In addition, interns will have the opportunity to support parents and their children at our drop-in Learning Through Play program at the FSNS Maplewood Farm site. They will also have an opportunity to facilitate one of the groups we offer and/or to pair up to design and run a group of their own on an appropriate topic.

The following is an overview of what our agency is committed to providing as part of our internship program, as well as what we expect from individuals who are accepted into the program.


       Requirements                                                     Time Commitment

  1. Clinical counselling                                               a minimum of 5 hours per week
  2. Individual supervision                                           1 hour per week
  3. Paperwork and recordings review                         2-3 hours per week
  4. Training seminars                                                6 hours per month
  5. Group supervision                                               5-6 hours per month
  6. Video/audio recording                                         all client sessions

The 2017-18 internship program will run from September 2017 through June 2018. Candidates must be willing to make a firm commitment to the 10 month program, with reasonable vacation time to be approved by one’s supervisor. We require that all interns are at the agency throughout the 10 months on Fridays from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm for group supervision and training seminars, and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 1:00 pm for our Saturday morning clinic.

Additional counselling hours can be arranged to suit the intern and their clients, depending on the availability of space.

If you are interested in applying for an internship at our agency, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae by February 24, 2017 to:

Barbara McGregor, Internship Program Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In your cover letter, please include information about any past counselling or related experience, the client population(s) you are interested in working with, and any other information that you would like us to know. Prior counselling experience is considered an asset. Family Services of the North Shore welcomes applicants from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Each year we receive a large number of applications for a limited number of spaces in our program. Consequently, many suitable applicants are not selected for admission. Only candidates who are prepared to spend the full 10 months with the agency will be considered. Interviews take place in early-March and all candidates are notified within a few days with the result of their interview. Accepted applicants will be required to have a recent clear criminal record check prior to starting their practicum.

If applicants have questions not covered in this information, please contact Barbara McGregor at 604-988-5281 local 213, or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it