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Placement Opportunities

We offer placements and internships in a variety of mental health disciplines.
We offer residencies and periodic fellowship opportunities to qualified applicants in a variety of areas. Opportunities for research trainees to work with our researchers also arise from time to time.

For medical residency opportunities, please contact the UBC Department of Psychiatry.

Accredited Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy Services are independently accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Clinical placements from a wide variety of post-secondary education institutions across Canada are accepted in our in-patient Forensic Psychiatric Services program.

All clinical placements are coordinated through the University of British Columbia’s School of Rehabilitation Sciences.

For more details, please e-mail Peri Hanzouli.

Clinical Masters in Social Work

Our Social Work department accepts students on an annual basis.

Clinical Psychology 

The BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) Clinical-Forensic Psychology Internship Programme offers two full-time internship positions on an annual basis with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission. This program is intended to prepare students for professional practice with a variety of patient populations. Students have the opportunity to engage in supervised clinical experience at two or more different settings over the course of the internship year: Forensic Psychiatric Hospital located in Coquitlam and Forensic Regional Clinics located in Victoria, Surrey, and Vancouver.

Interested candidates must apply to the BCMHSUS Clinical Forensic Psychology Internship Programme through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centres (APPIC). All candidates are required to use APPIC’s on-line Applicant Portal to submit an application and must also agree to abide by the APPIC Match Policies. Information about the application process may be found on the APPIC website at This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Details about the BCMHSUS Clinical-Forensic Psychology Internship Programme are outlined in our Internship Brochure.

For more details e-mail our Director of Training, Dr. Shauna Darcangelo.

Other disciplines

Forensic Psychiatric Services accepts clinical placements in a wide variety of disciplines including: medicine, nursing, social work, pharmacy, psychology (Master’s Degree), recreation therapy, vocational rehabilitation, drug & alcohol counselling and clinical nutrition.

For more details, e-mail Learning & Development.

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