FAQs for Practicum Students

What is a practicum placement? 
Practicum placements offer post-secondary students an opportunity to engage their growing skill set in a supervised, professional setting. Practicums are time-limited, client-facing, and have defined learning outcomes. We offer limited practicum opportunities in our shelters, detox, addiction treatment, and correctional programs.

I’m a student in _____ program at _______ college/university. Can I do a practicum at Harbour Light?
We accept practicum students from criminal justice, psychology, counselling, health care, and other programs from many local post-secondary institutions. Please note that we must have an agreement in place with the post-secondary institution before we can screen potential students for practicum placements. If you aren’t sure whether your school has an agreement with us, please get in touch with us.

Do you accept all interested students for practicum placement?
Harbour Light receives more requests for practicum placements than we can accommodate within our programs. Interested students must go through a screening process to ensure an appropriate match between the student’s needs and Harbour Light’s resources.

Students should be prepared to provide the following documentation:
• Cover letter, resume, and transcript
• Description of requirements of their practicum (i.e. hours needed, site visit requirements, expected learning outcomes, etc.)
• A recent Criminal Record Review Program clearance (or willingness to undergo clearance through Harbour Light)
• For correctional placements, students must be willing to undergo enhanced security clearance

Program managers will use their discretion in reviewing this information, and make the final decision about a student’s acceptance for practicum placement.

I'd like to inquire about a practicum placement for my students / for myself. What next?
Please start by reaching out to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm whether your post-secondary institution has a practicum agreement in place with Harbour Light. When you email, please include some information about the requirements of your practicum, including supervision expectations and desired start date.