Student Placements

We offer several student placements based on your interests and skills and the time commitment required. These include field placements and observational opportunities in a number of disciplines such as child and youth work, social work, psychology, speech and language and behaviour therapy. Strides Toronto has placement agreements with specific schools, which receive priority with regard to student placements. Due to high demand, we ask students to work with their university or college program supervisor to submit their resume. Application dates vary according to school and program timeframes. Some programs will give consideration to students from other schools and disciplines such as nursing, business administration, public relations and fundraising based on program suitability.

What We Offer Students

Clinical and service experience including observation and supervised practice in one or several of the following:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Community Support Services
  • Day Treatment
  • Family Counselling
  • Group Work
  • Intensive Behaviour Intervention
  • Intake Work
  • Residential Treatment
  • School-based Services
  • Agency orientation
  • Clinical consultation forums
  • Group, team or one-on-one supervision
  • Access to: audio-video taping; one-way mirror observation and supervision; internet resources; staff library; staff development

What We Expect of Students

Applying for Family Treatment Services Placement:

  • participation in selected assignments, including a variety of Intake functions
  • participation in parent consultations
  • supervised work with at least one family during the placement period
  • participation in group training and supervised activities (as per supervisor’s discretion)
  • may co-lead a children’s group during the placement period
  • may co-lead a parent education group during the placement period
  • some evening availability required.

Applying for Day Treatment or Residence Services Placement:

  • participation in milieu programming
  • primary work with at least one child
  • participation in individual and team supervision
  • may co-lead a children’s group
  • hours of work may vary, i.e. day treatment may include some late day meetings and residence involves shifts during days and evenings

Applying for Community Support Services Placement

  • Opportunities may include: working in the community with children and families in a variety of settings, e.g. family shelters, community centres, family resource centres, etc.
  • participation in group work
  • participation in presenting workshops
  • consultation to child care or other community settings
  • participation in group or individual supervision
  • some evening availability required

Applying for Autism Services Placement:

  • observation and direct service working with children who have autism
  • opportunity to learn how to deliver behavioural intervention in a centre-based setting
  • participation in team meetings
  • hours of work may vary

How to apply for a Student Placement

To apply, submit your curriculum vitae/resume to: