I completed the residency program at the SWCC as part of the requirements for the PsyD program at MUN. The SWCC's residency program has been such a good match for me. I've enjoyed the opportunity to manage my own caseload within the stepped care model, provide career counselling, supervise a clinical psychology student, participate in outreach activities of my own design, conduct clinical research, receive supervision in psychodynamic and interpersonal approaches, and explore additional approaches of interest (e.g., EFT, ACT). I've received exceptional supervision this year, and really appreciated the independence fostered by faculty; my supervisors were consistently open to the various approaches and techniques I wanted to explore with my clients.
I'm passionate about individual therapy, and residency afforded me so much experience and growth in this area. I've had the privilege to work with a wonderfully diverse caseload, seeing undergraduate and graduate students of varying ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities. I've gained experience with many different presenting concerns and several modalities, including couples counselling and group counselling. The constant variety at the SWCC was, for me, one of its most attractive features. I loved that in the course of one work day I might co-facilitate a Yalom-style process group, supervise a practicum student, attend a research meeting, and conduct walk-in appointments. The faculty and staff were also a key part of my experiences this year, fostering a sense of availability and support with the open door policy.
I look forward to continued consultation with SWCC faculty next year as I begin my career with Eastern Health.