Employment & Practicums

Employment

If you are interested in employment opportunities at Peak House please submit your resume and cover letter to Wendy Wittmack at w.wittmack@peakhouse.ca

Practicum Placements

Peak House has a long history of offering practicum placements for students and community partners with the intention of supporting the development of professional and ethical competency in the field.  The Peak House community benefits from the rich inquiry and curiosity students offer about the work that takes place here.  Because we also learn from the knowledge that the student offers based on their life and professional experience, we look forward to the prospect of supporting student learning.

In order to be transparent about the kind of practicum experience we offer at Peak House, here are a few aspects of the placement that you may want to consider to determine if having a practicum at Peak House is right for you.

Peak House is an all genders, 10-week, residential treatment program for young people aged 13-18 who are seeking freedom from their struggles with substance misuse.  The program is highly structured and you will be taking part in all aspects of the program including outings into the community with the young people and groups that are facilitated by the Youth Counsellor team.  You will also be working alongside the Mental Health & Addiction Clinical Counsellors who are responsible for individual, group and family therapy.

Please take note, while other programs offer the possibility of accruing hours by working directly with clients in therapy sessions without direct supervision, this is not possible at Peak House; you will always be working alongside one of the two full-time Clinical Counsellors.

The duration of the practicum placement will vary depending upon the amount of hours required from your academic institution.  In the practicum application process, the expectations of your program will be discussed to see if Peak House can accommodate your practicum needs.

Although it is difficult to guarantee hours, you can roughly expect to receive 5 hours of direct client therapeutic work (individual and/or group therapy).  In the spirit of doing client centred work, the needs of the young people will precede your practicum needs.  In stating that, the experience of previous practicum students has demonstrated that more hours are often available.

Supervision:  Peak House offers a certified Registered Clinical Counsellor that will be available for ongoing supervision.  The amount of supervision hours available will depend on the needs of your academic program and will take place in both individual and group formats.  The Peak House staff team also receives ongoing supervision from Peak House’ own the clinical supervisor.

If you are interested in applying for a practicum placement at Peak House, please forward your cover letter, resume, and a summary of your program’s expectations for the practicum to our program manager Wendy Wittmack at w.wittmack@peakhouse.ca

In the cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

  1. When you would like the practicum to start?  How many hours would you like to complete at Peak House?
  2. Please list the expectations of your practicum ( what the school expects) key expectations in bullet form.
  3. What would you offer Peak House during your time here?

All completed applications will be appreciated and we will contact you to arrange an interview to discuss your application for the practicum placement.  Thank you for your interest in the work we are doing at Peak House.