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Student Placement Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in a student placement at the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. We are committed to the education and work experience of students. Each year we accept students from universities in third year, fourth year and master’s programs. We also accept students in social service programs who hold a previous degree. 

Description of placement:  

Students will be given the opportunity to work with three to four clients on their own during their placement. Activities include supporting clients in working on their identified goals in the various life domains (mental health, physical health, substance use, housing, financial, activities of daily living, social support, etc.). Students will learn proper documentation practices, assessment skills, navigation of the mental health and other systems or community agencies and how to support clients with active symptoms of mental illness. Students may also partake in high-quality training offered by CMHA Ottawa, including Concurrent Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, ASIST, Case Management Training and Multnomah.  

Application Process 

To apply for a student placement opportunity, please send an expression of interest via cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Applications will only be accepted by email. 

A police records check for the vulnerable sector is required as part of the application process for student placements. In addition, the completion of the following trainings is beneficial: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Training (AODA) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Training (WHMIS).  

Practicum coordinators at your designated educational institution must have knowledge of your pursuit for student placement at CMHA Ottawa.  

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