There are currently nine PhD level psychologists at North York General Hospital providing assessment, intervention and consultation to a broad range of mental health services. These services include inpatients, partial hospitalization, outpatients, addiction, and eating disorders for both adolescents and adults. Psychologists at NYGH have been providing clinical training opportunities for more than 30 years.

Primary models of care:

  • Cognitive behavioural
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychoeducational

The benefits of training at NYGH:

  • Experienced and committed psychology staff members who are readily available for supervision and consultation
  • Opportunity for exposure to a broad range of patient populations
  • Educational opportunities such as Mental Health Grand Rounds
Education program

The following placements are offered:

  • Academic year practicums for PhD level Psychology students enrolled at York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and University of Toronto OISE.
The number of practicum placements offered may vary year to year depending on the availability and interest of the staff. Usually four students are accepted in a given year. A typical practicum is 20 hours per week. Students usually work under the supervision of one psychologist, though there is flexibility with this arrangement as we have had students in the past split their time between two supervisors. The mix of assessment, intervention and consultation will vary depending on the particular supervising psychologist.

Please send your application to the person you wish to work with.

Adult Mental Health Services

Branson Ambulatory Care Centre applications for the academic year or summer practicum placements should be sent to:

Dr. Paul Szabo
1 South Room 123, Adult Mental Health Program
Branson Ambulatory Care Centre
555 Finch Avenue West
Toronto Ontario M2R 1N5

Tel: 416-635-2572

Dr. Szabo usually takes one student.
Additional information:

Psychiatric Day Hospital and Day Treatment Program
  • The practicum is offered for two and a half days for four months This would involve attending groups and doing individual work on Wednesdays.
  • Orientation is psychodynamic and mentalization as it relates to early attachment patterns and manifested in current interpersonal difficulties.
  • It is primarily a group focused practicum.
Adult Eating Disorder Program

General site applications for the academic year or summer practicum placements should be sent to:

Dr. Gillian Kirsh, C.Psych
8th floor, Adult Eating Disorder Program
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto Ontario M2K 1E1

Tel: 416-756-6000 x3168

Additional information:
  • The program is a partial day hospital program. It runs Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30–8 p.m.
  • Assessment: Clinical interviews (Eating Disorders Examination — interview), supplementary SCID-based modules; administer, score and interpret psychological tests, write assessment reports and provide feedback to patients and the multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Instruments: PAI, BDI, Eating Disorder Examination — Questionnaire, Eating Disorder Inventory
  • Psychotherapy: Group (and opportunity for individual, if desired). Techniques include: CBT, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Expressive Arts, Psychoeducational
  • Opportunity to participate in Mental Health Grand Rounds. Broad range of patient populations.

Dr. Kirsh will take one to two students. It is possible to combine a practicum with Drs. Szabo and Kirsh (spend four months in each program).

Pre-doctoral Internship

NYGH participates in the Toronto Area Internship Consortium in Clinical, School and Counselling Psychology. This is a full year pre-doctoral internship in which the student will split their time between the Toronto District School Board and NYGH Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. Get more information about this internship opportunity.

Seeking a placement

Specific information regarding the different practicum placements offered by an individual psychologist can be obtained by attending the annual Toronto area Practicum Day Fair usually held in November. Alternatively, you can contact one of our psychologists. Applications for practicum positions should be sent to individual psychologists and must be received by February 1. The application package must include the following:

  • A letter of intent
  • CV
  • Two letters of reference
  • Graduate school transcript

Following receipt of your application, you will be notified directly whether or not you have been short-listed for an interview by the individual psychologist you have applied to. Final notification, usually in mid-March, will follow the procedure determined at the annual November Practicum Day Fair.

Starting a placement

Placement prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:

  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
    Date mask fitted
    Location mask fitted

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process. The modules are also available on the registration pages.

Prior to first day

Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training program is designed in compliance with provincial legislation and to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies.

On the first day

Bring with you:
Registration documents
  • Mask fit record
  • Completed immunization form
  • Completed vulnerable sector screen
  • Workplace insurance – if applicable

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) — Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Dr. Paul Szabo for information on the Adult Psychiatric Day Hospital at paul.szabo@nygh.on.ca.
Dr. Gillian Kirsh for information about Adult Eating Disorders practicums at gillian.kirsh@nygh.on.ca.

Centre for Education

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805

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