Mindspace Clinical Internship and practicum

Job description

Numinus Wellness (TSXV: NUMI) helps people to heal and be well through the development and delivery of innovative mental health care and access to safe, evidence-based psychedelic-assisted therapies. The Numinus model - including psychedelic production, research, and clinic care - is at the forefront of a transformation aimed at healing rather than managing symptoms for depression, anxiety, trauma, pain and substance use. At Numinus, we are leading the integration of psychedelic-assisted therapies into mainstream clinical practice and building the foundation for a healthier society.


Our North Star

Be the most trusted brand in the psychedelic space.


Our Mission

We are bringing transformative healing to communities through innovative therapies backed by science and scalable operations.


Our Vision

A world where everyone feels connected and whole.


Our Values

  • Be in service to self and others
  • Build something that captures our collective ideals
  • Be dedicated to the art and the science
  • Have courage to do the right thing


Mindspace Clinical Internship and practicum

Overview

Mindspace is one of Quebec’s leading centres for well-being, operating out of 3 locations in Montreal. Founded by Dr. Joe Flanders, a McGill Clinical Psychology graduate, Mindspace is made up of over 20 licensed clinical psychologists with a broad range of clinical expertise. The clinic is a bilingual and all-inclusive environment. The clinic’s core values include evidence-based practice, a high level of professionalism and a deep passion for helping others improve their quality of life. It’s our highest priority to instill these values in our trainees. In addition to the standard therapy services, Mindspace is at the forefront of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy as the only clinic offering those services in the province of Quebec. In 2021, Mindspace was acquired by Numinus, a growing network of mental health clinics offering psychotherapy and psychedelics assisted psychotherapy across Canada and the USA. Numinus’ mission is building a world where everyone feels connected and whole by creating opportunities for transformative healing.

Mindspace’s doctoral internship and practicum programs offer a year-long immersion into private practice in psychotherapy. Students work under the supervision of one of our senior therapists. They can choose to work under a variety of approaches including Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs), 3rd Wave CBT, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Internal Family System (IFS). There might also be opportunities for students to assist in group therapy.

For the first time, we are offering the Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT) option for interns who are interested in those modalities. This option is only available for student applying for their final doctoral internship. In addition to their work in standard psychotherapy, interns in this program are paired with a supervisor that offers PAT. They will have the opportunity to train in and assist in the delivery of PAT.

The clinic office spaces are modern, beautiful, and conducive to personal and professional development. Therapists have access to a broad range of professional development activities, psychologist-lead trainings and free access to all of Numinus’ well-being programming including the MBSR/MBCT. All professional activities are conscientiously supported by an Administrative Coordinator and General Manager. The necessary conditions are put in place to ensure the trainees meets the criteria set by their university (number of hours in client contact, supervision, etc).

The Clinic Setting

The headquarters of Numinus Montreal are located at the Outremont location, situated at 393 Laurier west (Laurier metro) and has office spaces for individual consultation only. The Notre Dame de Grace office is located at 5165 Sherbrooke (Vendôme metro). The Plateau location at 4060 St-Laurent serves as a multi-purpose space for PAT and group work. Some activities including sessions with clients and supervision can be done online.

Interns will have office space reserved for their training activities on designated days. Each consultation room is equipped with furniture for both office work and therapy meetings, a computer, video cameras and access to a printer/scanner, and. All staff have access to a full suite of support documentation including consent forms, session report forms, assessment materials, software for client’s files and scheduling, etc. All are in accordance with OPQ guidelines.

The Client Population

The most common reason for referral to the Numinus Montreal is stress, mood and anxiety disorders in individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 years. The clinic also offers services to children (10+) and teens with mood and anxiety disorders. Individuals and couples with relationship difficulties are also commonly referred. Other common reasons for referral include: anger management, eating disorders, drug & alcohol use, chronic pain, chronic health problems, ADHD, burnout, and workplace adjustment.

Our psychedelic assisted therapy offering includes ketamine assisted therapy (KAT) for treatment resistant depression, KAT for addiction disorder and for post-traumatic stress, Psilocybin assisted therapy for depression and MDMA assisted therapy for PTSD. We also offer Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration work for individual who wish to support their exploration of psychedelic with a trained therapist.

Supervision

Interns have one on one meetings with their supervisor proportionally to their number of clients. The specific modalities for supervision are at the discretion of the supervisor. They may include didactic learning, experiential learning, reviewing of video of therapy session and many others. In addition to the individual supervision, group supervision will be offered. These meeting are an occasion to receive additional supervision while connecting with the other students. They also provide an opportunity for the trainees to share their knowledge as they participate in the peer supervision process.

Students are encouraged to attend a variety of Numinus’ professional development programs. Numinus is developing a catalog of certified training programs around specific therapy models and psychedelic assisted therapy.

Supervisor’s Profile:

Julien Lacaille

I’m a clinical psychologist and supervisor. As a clinical supervisor, I primarily use an approach based on Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT; Greenberg) and Internal Family Systems (IFS; Schwartz). The main clientele I will provide you supervision for are clients willing to deeply process their emotions and seeking to resolve past emotional injuries that present as current problematic symptoms and behaviours (i.e., worry/anxiety, self-criticism/depression, relational difficulties).

When supervising, I try to strike a balance between adopting the perspective of an expert who can guide you and a beginner who still has a lot to learn. Working under my supervision, you can expect to learn the fundamentals of psychotherapy (ethics, working in a private clinical context, self-care) and of specific approaches (EFT and IFS). You’ll learn both theoretically (principles, conceptualization) and practically (applying interventions), using didactic methods (readings, discussions, presentations) and experiential methods (watching videos, receiving timely feedback, roles plays, working with your own difficulties). You will be offered a non-judgmental and encouraging environment to practice case conceptualizations, presentations, try new interventions and make many mistakes, which are invaluable for learning. I offer supervision in both English and French. Looking forward to working and learning together!

Cheryl Blum

I provide supervision in a manner similar to the way I do therapy-- Using a collaborative and Socratic approach. I like to ensure that my students feel well supported as they learn and develop new skills in the provision of psychotherapy. The framework I use is Schema Therapy and this guides our case conceptualization and determines the interventions we provide. I integrate CBT with Experiential Therapy for individuals with anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, and trauma histories.

Sarah Robert

As a therapist, my style is compassionate, practical, and non-judgmental. I am unequivocally on my clients’ side, blending tried-and-true cognitive-behavioural interventions with accessible mindfulness exercises to help clients cultivate awareness, resilience, and self-compassion. I regularly work with clients struggling with generalized anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and burnout. Further interests include parenting, single parenting, work, and gender equity at work. I have also been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other group mindfulness programs since 2013.

In supervision, my supportive and collaborative approach empowers my trainees to acknowledge their experience and the challenges they face with their client in an open manner.

Karine Saint-Jean

My theoretical foundation is cognitive-behavioral yet my interventions are mostly anchored in relational processes. I integrate mindfulness-based interventions in my clinical tools. Cumulating 18 years of experience, I specialize in accompanying clients with various forms of anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, and relational issues. I have an expertise in work-related issues as well as in ecoanxiety and I am part of the psychedelic assisted therapy team at Numinus.

My supervision style emphasizes on helping students build and consolidate their clinical conceptualization model and on the foundational relational skills of an ethical and skilful practice. I help students develop and strengthen their ability to read their clinical impact and find attunement with their clients, develop intentionality and precision in their interventions, and healthy self-judgement.

Jeff Anyan

I am a psychologist and clinical supervisor with extensive experience working with diverse problems including depression, anxiety, and trauma. In addition, I work with issues related to the self, such as identity, life’s transitions, stress and burnout. I am also work with issues related to interpersonal relationships, including difficulties in developing and maintaining relationships, and attachment styles.

I have an eclectic approach with an emphasis on psychodynamic, process, and some Emotion Focus Therapy (EFT). I also have an interest in psychedelics and integration work. As a supervisor, I like collaboration and brainstorming on the case conceptualization and treatment planning.

Sebastien Nguyen

I integrate many approaches (CBT, ACT, psychodynamic, existential), with an emphasis on experiential ones (emotion-focused, interpersonal). I offer supervision for individual therapy and mindfulness groups (MBCT, MBSR). My supervision style is informal and autonomy-supportive. I work collaboratively, but can invite structure where needed, always respecting the student's intellectual independence. Depending on the context, the student will be invited to assume level-appropriate responsibilities. The student will be encouraged to "practice what we preach" to clients, which could involve some exploration of themselves in their role as therapist and outside of work, as well as a discussion of their experience in supervision.

Evaluation

Interns are evaluated twice over the course of the internship: mid-term evaluation is conducted in December and the final evaluation is conducted at the end of the internship. Interns’ performance is assessed in accordance with the OPQ and CPA specified clinical competencies. Supervisors also complete the Training Evaluation portion of the Competency Development and Evaluation Form. The results are discussed with the intern and submitted to the Internship Director.

Research

As part of its ongoing commitment to evidence-based practice, Numinus has different ongoing research, mostly around the of psychedelic for mental health. If interested, interns may contribute to these studies and time will be set aside for that purpose.

Job requirements

Open House

We will have a virtual open house for students interested in Mindspace. This will be a great opportunity to meet some members of our team, learn more about Mindspace and ask your questions. The meeting in English will take place on Monday December 5th, 2022 at 7pm on ZOOM.

Form for open house access: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=ra_fJznh-0WKAupJbz4nv--emlvNk4NGoedqJnk8-vdURU5GRkhLWU8zM0E4SE9GODdaRkc0UlhKVi4u

Application for Clinical Internship or practicum

The application for the Mindspace Internship or practicum includes the following:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Current CV
  3. Copy of Transcript
  4. Two letters of reference, preferably one from a former clinical supervisor and one from a research supervisor.
  5. Completing the following form: Mindspace Student Application Form