St. Joseph's Hospital – Hamilton

Name of site: St. Joseph's Health care, Hamilton

Supervisor or Contact Person: Jelena King, Ph.D. C. Psych.
Phone: (905) 522-1155 ext. 36299

100 West 5th Street, Box 585
Hamilton, ON L8N 3K7

Type of Practicum offered: Child ____ Adult ____ Both __X__

Assessment ____ Intervention ____ Both __X__

General Information (i.e. description of the site, clients seen, services offered, is it TTC accessible? etc.)
St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton is a large teaching hospital affiliated with the Faculty of
Health Sciences at McMaster University and Mohawk College. The Mental Health
Program at St. Joseph's Healthcare provides services both within the general hospital site
(also known as the Charlton Site) and the nearby Centre for Mountain Health Services
(formerly the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital). With almost 200 inpatient mental health beds,
and the capacity to serve almost 5000 outpatients each year, St. Joseph's Healthcare has
become the centre for adult mental health care throughout the central region of Southern

Supervision (i.e. Is there more than one potential supervisor? group and/or individual? How often? etc.)
The clinical training faculty at St. Joseph's is committed to providing high quality training
opportunities through clinical practica, our APA/CPA accredited predoctoral internship
program, and postdoctoral positions. Across the various clinical/training settings the
following are emphasized: (i) provision of a rich training experience with attention given to
providing adequate breadth and depth of client contacts, (ii) provision of high quality
supervision, (iii) opportunities to work in multidisciplinary environments. Additionally,
through ongoing evaluation of the training needs, strengths, and interests of practicum
students, practica will be tailored to maximize individual students' growth in knowledge of
clinical intervention and assessment strategies and the related research, and to facilitate
the development of a professional identity. The primary supervisors of all training settings
are registered Psychologists. There is considerable flexibility regarding the types of
practica available, including assessment, therapy, and opportunities for research.
Interested students should consult the practicum website: which outlines the types of practicum opportunities currently
available. Students are also encouraged to contact rotation faculty members identified on
the websitw with any questions about types of practicum experiences available in a
particular service. Practica may be full-time or part-time. Generally, practica begin in May,
September or January and run for 16 to 32 weeks.

Practicum Application Deadline: February

Application procedure (i.e. documents needed, number of references, etc.)
To apply for a practicum position in any programme students must submit (1) a curriculum
vitae, (2) undergraduate* and graduate transcripts sealed in official (registrar) envelopes,
(3) a letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by the
individual providing the recommendation and (4) a cover letter indicating what aspects of
the practicum are of interest and why the student believes the practicum would address
their training needs. Students indicating several areas of interest should rank order
their preference. All of the above documents should be sent together in a single envelope
to Dr. Jelena King. It is preferable if official transcripts are included in the application
package rather than being sent directly by the registrar.
*Please note that unofficial undergraduate transcripts are acceptable.


Student review of St. Joseph's Healthcare Forensic Psychology Program: Student Review (.pdf)