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Heather Quinlan

I completed my doctoral residency in Clinical Psychology at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC), as a requirement of the PsyD program of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

I am originally from Newfoundland, so I was very grateful to match to the SWCC. Not only would I be close to home, but I knew that I would receive exceptional training opportunities. For instance, given my generalist training background, the SWCC was a great fit because it afforded me the opportunity to work with clients struggling with various types of presenting concerns (e.g., trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, addictions issues). The SWCC also allowed me to practice from an integrative perspective, utilizing a combination of client-centred, emotion-focused, interpersonal process, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and solution focused techniques. I also had the opportunity to supervise a PsyD practicum student and develop my own style as a supervisor using a developmental approach. In addition, at the SWCC I was able to facilitate several groups (psychoeducational and process oriented), as well as participate in diagnostic assessments, career counselling and inter-professional education training and activities.

Not only did the SWCC offer high quality individual supervision, group supervision and supervision of supervision, but the team at the SWCC was very supportive and friendly. In particular, when one of my outreach activities was very well received by the university, the support and encouragement offered to me from the team at the SWCC was phenomenal. Through the development of this outreach activity into a new SWCC group, Green Mindfulness, I was afforded many opportunities such as, collaborating on research projects, developing connections with other departments within the university and most importantly, seeing the impact my very own group had on students.

I can genuinely say that I enjoyed coming to work each day at the SWCC. It was a great experience and I would not have had it any other way!