Student Placements


Student Placements in Mental Health

Student Placements in Youth Justice

Student Placements in Community Services

Contact:

Robyn Macdonald
613-729-0577 extension 1211
rmacdonald@ysb.ca

Student Placements in Mental Health

YSB is accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation and has a team of experienced counsellors, supported by psychologists and psychiatrists. We offer welcoming, non-judgmental services for youth and families. All services are free.

Mobile Crisis

2301 Carling Ave.

Program Overview

The 24/7 crisis line & chat services are for children and youth ages 17 and under who are experiencing a crisis, and for parents, guardians, caregivers, friends or service providers who are concerned about a young person in crisis. When needed, mobile interventions are available 7 days a week from 2 - 10 p.m. Assistance provided may include supportive listening, immediate crisis counselling on the phone or by chat, information on resources and service providers in the community, referrals to child and youth service providers in the community, a home-based intervention, and short-term follow-up service.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their crisis intervention and counselling skills, including short-term follow-up counselling, individual and/or family counselling. Suicidal assessment and intervention and safety planning will also be incorporated into the placement. Working with community partners and team work will be focused on as well.

Recommended programs:

  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Techniques d'éducation specialisé
  • Bachelier en psycho-éducation

 

Residential Crisis Unit (RCU)

Carling Ave. – On the grounds of ROH

Program Overview

RCU is a voluntary community program that is offered to youth and families in crisis. Placement at RCU is meant to ensure safety and/or help deescalate a situation by providing distance, time and space for all parties. A stabilization period, offered in a safe environment, provides an opportunity for conflict resolution, safety and service planning in the hopes of preventing more intrusive and intensive services. Services are child-centered, family focused, strength-based, community-based, accessible, individualized, culturally

competent and collaborative. Families are equal participants in the planning and delivery of services and are assisted with both formal and informal sources of support.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their crisis intervention skills and engage in most services that are supported by staff who work in the unit, such as assessment, conflict resolution, safety planning and service delivery.

Recommended programs:

  • Social Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Techniques de travail social
  • Techniques d'éducation specialisé
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Wraparound

2895 Riverside Dr.

Program Overview

Wraparound works with existing supports and services to help families, children and youth with complex needs find solutions and work towards a better life. Teams made up of family members, friends, professionals, and others with a strong commitment to the family’s well-being come together to "wrap" individual families in community supports. Together they create and implement an action plan that builds on the family’s strengths, provides services to meet their needs, and guides them towards achieving their goals.

Students will have the opportunity to work from an eco-systemic perspective by completing observations within the Wraparound program while learning about navigating the system and resources within the city. Students will be expected to research and access resources, carry out needs assessments, advocate for families, undertake tasks from the Wraparound agenda, as well as co-facilitate Wraparound meetings.

Recommended programs:

  • Social Services Worker
  • Techniques de travail social
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work

Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic

2301 Carling Ave.

Program Overview

The Walk-in Clinic offers direct access to a single counselling session for youth 12-20 and/or their parents, without having to make an appointment. While meeting with counsellors, youth and their families are assessed for risk factors, as well as strengths and supports to help them deal with presenting issues. Clients may be referred to a Choice Appointment at the end of the session.

Students will have the opportunity to learn multiple counselling approaches and theoretical perspectives, including Brief Solution Focused, Narrative Therapy and CBT. They will be invited to participate in counselling sessions with counsellors and will also be offered

the opportunity to engage in reflective processes, clinical consultations, staff development meetings, as well as “therapeutic letter” writing processes.

Recommended programs:

  • M.A. Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Social Work

Youth & Family Counselling

2301 Carling Ave.

Youth & Family Counselling provides youth 12-18 and/or their parents with counselling services to address issues affecting the family relationship and/or personal mental health. The services are available to clients who are ready to engage in counselling and have an understanding of what they want to accomplish (defined goals). The program uses a variety of clinical approaches including CBT, DBT, narrative, and solutions-focused methods, among others.

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside counsellors who are providing

services to youth with complex mental health needs. Students will be able to work independently, as well as with some clients under the supervision of a qualified counsellor.

Recommended programs:

  • Master of Social Work

Special Requirements for All Mental Health Placements:

Student placements may run in the fall or winter semester, or both, as required by the school program. Placements do not typically run in the summer semester.

Please note that our student placements are unpaid and many of our opportunities will require the ability to work a rotational schedule. Shifts may occur in the evenings and on weekends and may vary week to week. Due to the 24/7 nature of the RCU, students may be required to work 12 hour shifts in that program.

Bilingualism is required for the Wraparound program but is considered an asset for all other Mental Health programs. Please specify your language abilities on your application.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to your school’s placement administrator who will forward your application to:

Robyn Macdonald, Human Resources Officer – Volunteers & Staffing
2675 Queensview Dr.
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

613-729-0577 extension 1211
rmacdonald@ysb.ca

Cover letters should include the following:

  • 1st and 2nd choices for placement
  • Date range of placement
  • Total hours and number of days/week of placement
  • Why you are interested in working with YSB and why we should choose you

 

Application deadline for Fall Placement: 2nd Friday in April

Application deadline for Winter Placement: 2nd Friday in October

For more information, or to find out which unit would be of interest to you, visit:

YSB Mental Health

Screening Requirements

Standard screening requirements for student placements include:

  • TB testing
  • Up-to-date immunization
  • Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector
  • Two professional references

 


STUDENT PLACEMENTS IN YOUTH JUSTICE SERVICES

YSB’s Youth Justice programs provide young men the knowledge, training and counselling they need to make positive life choices. Our residential programs at the William E. Hay Centre and Sherwood Centre help youth in conflict with the law complete high school credits and receive valuable life skills training. The Youth Services Bureau focuses on helping youth make a positive transition back into the community.

William E. Hay Centre

3000 Hawthorne Road

Program Overview

The William E. Hay Centre is a 40-bed residential facility serving male youth (aged 12 to 17) in secure detention (pre-trial) and secure custody (post-trial).

Livius Sherwood Detention and Custody Centre

2887 Riverside Dr.

Program Overview

The Livius Sherwood Detention and Custody Centre is an 8‑bed facility serving male youth (aged 12 to 17) in open detention (pre-trial) and open custody (post trial).

Both the William E. Hay and Sherwood Centres provide a series of educational options and life skills training that give youth the knowledge and practical skills they need in everyday life. Together with several community partners, we offer innovative programs and counselling to promote positive behavioural change.

Students will have the opportunity to work under the immediate supervision of a front-line Youth Worker and provide direct clinical services including: crisis intervention and on-going case planning involving client, family and relevant collaterals; maintaining current client files and completing required admission forms, plans of care, daily logs and summary reports; developing and delivering life skills modules to client groups; and advocating for clients and facilitating access to community resources and services.

Recommended programs:

  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale
  • Gestion de la sécurité

Community Justice Multidisciplinary Team

3000 Hawthorne Road

Program Overview

The Community Justice Multidisciplinary Team is comprised of the Youth Mental Health Court Worker, the Anger Management Program, the Transitional Youth Justice Worker, as well as the Reintegration Program. Students completing their placements with the Community Justice Multidisciplinary Team will be working primarily with the Youth Mental Health Court Worker. This program redirects youth with mental health issues who are in conflict with the law towards programs and services that they, along with their families, need.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct complete assessments, facilitate referrals, prepare written recommendations for service plan, facilitate client meetings, advocate for clients, maintain both electronic and physical files, maintain updated information on community resources/services, recommend post program services, facilitate access to community resources and services as well as maintain ongoing contact with all professionals involved (lawyers, courts, probation, police services).

Recommended programs:
  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Social Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale
  • Techniques d’éducation spécialisée
  • Techniques de travail social

Special Requirements for All Youth Justice Placements:

Student placements may run in the fall or winter semester, or both, as required by the school program. Placements do not typically run in the summer semester.

Please note that our student placements are unpaid and many of our opportunities will require the ability to work a rotational schedule. Shifts may occur in the evenings and on weekends and may vary week to week. Due to the 24/7 nature of the facilities, students may be required to work 12 hour shifts.

Students should be comfortable working in a high-risk environment.

Bilingualism is considered an asset for Youth Justice programs. Please specify your language abilities on your application.


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to your school’s placement administrator who will forward your application to:

Robyn Macdonald, Human Resources Officer – Volunteers & Staffing
2675 Queensview Dr.
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

613-729-0577 extension 1211
rmacdonald@ysb.ca

Cover letters should include the following:

  • 1st and 2nd choices for placement
  • Date range of placement
  • Total hours and number of days/week of placement
  • Why you are interested in working with YSB and why we should choose you

Application deadline for Fall Placement: 2nd Friday in April
Application deadline for Winter Placement: 2nd Friday in October

For more information, or to find out which unit would be of interest to you, visit:

Youth Justice Services

Screening Requirements:

Standard screening requirements for student placements include:

  • TB testing
  • Up-to-date immunization
  • Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector
  • Two professional references


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STUDENT PLACEMENTS IN COMMUNITY & HOUSING SERVICES

If youth or their families are struggling to meet some of their basic needs, YSB is there to help them feel safe and cared for.  YSB’s Community and Housing Services are designed to provide food, shelter, safety, health services — and even a sense of belonging — for those who otherwise might go without.

Downtown Services and Drop-In

147 Besserer St.

Program Overview

The Downtown Services and Drop‑in is a street-front program of YSB. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the centre provides a safe place for youth aged 16 to 20 who are unstably housed, live in poverty, or are living on the streets. Here, youth connect with peers facing similar challenges in an environment of acceptance and respect. Working with counsellors, youth identify their needs, set goals and get connected to the support and services they need to achieve those goals.  For some, this means filling basic needs—free access to telephones and the internet, showers, a food bank, clothing, laundry facilities, and a healthy meal.  For others, the Drop-in is a lifeline to housing, crisis counselling, addictions treatment, health care and support on the journey to independence.  The Drop-in is open from Monday to Friday from 12 - 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside staff, assisting clients with whatever the need may be.  This may include referrals to community partners, short-term crisis counselling, housing assistance, etc.  Students will also have the opportunity to learn about various community resources, do intakes, and help with groups.

Recommended programs:

  • Social Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Techniques de travail social
  • Techniques d'éducation specialisé
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale

Evelyn Horne Young Women’s Shelter

Downtown

Program Overview

This program offers young women aged 12 to 20 immediate access to safe housing. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Evelyn Horne Young Women’s Shelter is always ready to welcome youth with nowhere else to turn. The shelter has 30 beds and offers both emergency shelter and transitional housing for up to a year.  A lesbian/bisexual/transgender positive and culturally sensitive environment, the shelter provides a safe place for all young women. But it’s much more than a place to stay. Each young woman discusses her unique situation with shelter staff, who work with her to identify her needs and connect her with the services she may need to achieve independence.  Young women who lack family support are connected with youth workers who help them develop a full “community plan” and get the skills they need to live independently. While participating in programs designed to help young women set goals and work towards them is encouraged, it is not necessary. All youth have the choice simply to have their basic living needs met, or to pursue opportunities to secure long-term housing and improve their lives.  The shelters also help young people remain healthy by offering information on sexual health and addictions within a safe and non-judgmental environment.  For young women aged 16 to 21, transitional housing is offered for stays of up to one year. These units give youth the opportunity to live semi-independently while they work towards their goals.

Students will have the opportunity to work right alongside staff and will interact with clients on a day to day basis.  Students will provide support with intake, goal planning, programming, and developing life skills.

Recommended programs:

  • Social Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Techniques de travail social
  • Techniques d'éducation specialisé
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale

Young Men’s Shelter

Downtown

Program Overview

This program offers young men aged 12 to 20 immediate access to safe housing. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Young Men’s Shelter is a 30 bed facility that is always ready to welcome youth with nowhere else to turn. Additionally, transitional housing is offered for up to one year, giving youth the opportunity to live semi-independently while working towards their goals.  A gay/bisexual/transgender positive and culturally sensitive environment, the shelter provides a safe place for all young men.  But the shelter is much more than a place to stay.  Each participant discusses his unique situation with staff at the shelter, who work with him to identify his needs and connect him with the services he may need to achieve independence. Young men who lack family support are connected with youth workers who help them develop a full “community plan” and get the skills they need to live independently.  While participating in programs designed to help young men set goals and work towards them is encouraged, it is not necessary.  All youth have the choice simply to have their basic living needs met, or to pursue opportunities to secure long-term housing and improve their lives.  The shelters also help young people remain healthy by offering information on sexual health and addictions, within a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Students will have the opportunity to work right alongside staff and will interact with clients on a day to day basis.  Students will provide support with intake, goal planning, programming, and developing life skills.

Recommended programs:

  • Social Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Techniques de travail social
  • Techniques d'éducation specialisé
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale

Special Requirements for All Community & Housing Placements:

Student placements may run in the fall or winter semester, or both, as required by the school program.  Placements do not typically run in the summer semester.

Please note that our student placements are unpaid and many of our opportunities will require the ability to work a rotational schedule.  Shifts may occur in the evenings and on weekends and may vary week to week.  Due to the 24/7 nature of the shelters, students may be required to work 12 hour shifts in those programs.

Bilingualism is required for the Downtown Services and Drop-In and the Young Women’s Shelter but is considered an asset for the Young Men’s Shelter.  Please specify your language abilities on your application.

Only female candidates will be considered for placement at the Young Women’s Shelter.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to your school’s placement administrator who will forward your application to:

Robyn Macdonald, Human Resources Officer – Volunteers & Staffing
2675 Queensview Dr.
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

613-729-0577 extension 1211
rmacdonald@ysb.ca

Cover letters should include the following:

  • 1st and 2nd choices for placement
  • Date range of placement
  • Total hours and number of days/week of placement
  • Why you are interested in working with YSB and why we should choose you

Application deadline for Fall Placement: 2nd Friday in April
Application deadline for Winter Placement: 2nd Friday in October

For more information, or to find out which unit would be of interest to you, please visit: Community and Housing Services

Screening Requirements:

Standard screening requirements for student placements include:

  • TB testing
  • Up-to-date immunization
  • Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector
  • Two professional references

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