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Doctoral Professional Psychology Residency Program

2017-2018 Residency Brochure NOW AVAILABLE

Our graduated 2015-2016 Doctoral Residents!

Congratulations to (L-R), Rebecca Ginsburg, Dr. Beth Whelan, R. Psych., Residency Training Director, Heather Quinlan, and Jennifer Titus on the successful completion of their 2015-2016 Doctoral Residency at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre, Memorial University.

Heather, Rebecca, and Jennifer (L-R) with Dr. George Hurley, retired Training Director, enjoying a day of sailing aboard his boat on Conception Bay, NL. 

 Rebecca, Jennifer, and Heather (L-R) enjoying the waters of Conception Bay.

Scroll down to see pictures of their visit to Winnipeg during the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Conference, June, 2016 (captions below each picture):

 Rebecca Ginsburg (l) holding Heather Quinlan’s (r) CACUSS Poster.


Jennifer Titus (l) and Heather with Jennifer's CACUSS Poster.

Jennifer and Rebecca with Rebecca's CACUSS Poster.

Heather and Jennifer enjoying the ambiance of the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

Rebecca and Jennifer relaxing in Winnipeg.

Jennifer, Heather, and Rebecca at the Red River College residence.

Doctoral Professional Psychology Residency Training Program

2017-2018 Residency Brochure NOW AVAILABLE

The Student Wellness and Counselling Centre provides training in various aspects of counselling and the practice of psychology to doctoral students in psychology, to Master's students in disciplines such as Educational Psychology and Nursing, to medical Residents in Family Practice and Psychiatry, and to licensed health professionals throughout the province.

Memorial University is leading in North America with an innovative, empowering highly efficient, rapid access service delivery model. Stepped Care, originally developed for primary care in the UK, has been re-imagined for rapid access to both traditional and online mental health services in a wide range of settings. The model offers the lowest level of intervention intensity warranted by the initial and ongoing assessments. Treatment intensity can be either stepped up or down depending on the level of patient distress or need.

A wide array of programs are available within the Stepped Care approach that are designed to assist students including online programs, blended in-person / online programs, drop-in seminars and workshops, structured and unstructured groups and one-on-one counselling sessions. Many factors can determine the most appropriate program for students including the type of issues they are facing, research evidence on best practices, student personality and preferences, and readiness for making difficult changes or engaging in complex therapeutic processes.

The Stepped Care approach is similar to that of a family physician practice – one that offers rapid access walk -in clinics every day to prevent more serious mental health conditions. The Stepped Care approach offers flexibility and presumes that individuals may need different types of programs at different times. Thus, a student may begin with one type of intervention and move to another as the needs change. We encourage students to ask questions and to work collaboratively with their counsellor to find the program(s) that will work best for them.

Training Director
Elizabeth Whelan, PhD, RPsych, Assistant Professor
Student Wellness and Counselling Centre
University Centre, UC 5000
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
TEL (709) 864-8874
FAX (709) 864-3011

Accredited by:
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
(Current term: 2012/13 - 2017/18)
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3
International Association of Counseling Services (IACS)

Participating Member:
Association of Counseling Center Training Agents (ACCTA)
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)