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 offeredthe 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:

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

613-729-0577 ext. 1228
jdeslippe@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

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