Each year, the Douglas Institute receives approximately fifteen trainees in social services who come mainly –but not exclusively– from McGill University. Traineeships at the Douglas Institute have many advantages:

The development and mastery of concrete skills in the following areas (as indicated by students in their traineeship reports):

  • Individual therapy
  • Assessments
  • Writing reports and requests (public curatorship)
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Promoting patient rights
  • The teaching of daily life skills
  • Applying the recovery model

Participation in monthly multidisciplinary lectures on mental health topics:

  • Personality disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Suicidal risk behaviour
  • Ethics and legal aspects

Testimonials of interns

"My supervisor provided much insight into conflict resolution strategies."
"The student conferences were especially appreciated and I enjoyed the variety of the topics examined."
"My supervisor was excellent at helping us recognize when things were getting to be too much (overexposure to particular clients) and helped set limits."
"My supervisor maintains a professional stance with everyone and for everything, so I learned from her example."


Interns at the Douglas Institute are coached by experienced supervisors, who are involved in disciplines that correspond to student's interests. Consult the list of supervisors.


Joan Simand, MSW
Director of Clinical Training–Social Work
Douglas Institute
6875 LaSalle Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec H4H 1R3

Tel.: 514-761-6131, ext. 2520
Fax: 514-888-4067