Interprofessional Training and Education

Faculty of Medicine

The SWCC provides Interprofessional training to the Faculty of Medicine, including Psychiatry Psychotherapy Training for second year psychiatry residents and Interprofessional Psychotherapy Training (IPPT) for first year medicine and psychiatry residents.

Psychiatry Psychotherapy Training:

Psychotherapy training at the SWCC offers second year psychiatry residents the opportunity to build the required and necessary practice competence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and exposure to Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) within a dynamic and interprofessional learning community. Training in these psychotherapies is an integral part ofthe resident’s general psychiatric education, preparing residents to deliver integrated biological and psychological treatments to clients as deemed appropriate by empirical evidence and best practice standards. SWCC faculty members teach didactic training seminars/lectures in the areas of both CBT and IPT, and supervise psychiatry residents as they provide psychotherapy services.

Faculty Supervisors:
Emily Fawcett, PhD, RPsych
Pamela Button, PsyD, RPsych

SWCC faculty, along with doctoral residents, facilitate IPPT training for first year medicine and psychiatry residents across a series of 8-week cycles. The focus is on developing and refining counselling skills in a variety of areas including stages of change, stress management, working with diverse clients, grief, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy. Didactic and experiential training are blended with interprofessional and peer supervision of patient interactions and clinical experiences.

Faculty Supervisor:
Beth Whelan, PhD, RPsych

The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) develops, implements and evaluates interprofessional education (IPE) activities at Memorial. IPE activities involve learners from various health/social care backgrounds (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, psychology, and others) learning with, from and about each other to provide safer, more effective and efficient health/social care services. For more information:


Student Wellness and Counselling Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000