Each year, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre (Queen West site) offers a number of student placement opportunities at our Centre for students to learn and gain skills in a community health Centre setting. We welcome student placements from universities, colleges and secondary school co-op programs.

Our staff provides orientation, direct supervision, guidance and evaluation to students, as well as a range of exciting, engaging and experiential learning opportunities to ensure successful experiences which benefits students, clients and our community.

In order to help you select the program or service you may be interested in, we encourage you to learn about our different programs and services in the Who We Are and Programs and Services section of our website.

Student Placements with our Counselling and Homeless/Harm Reduction Teams, Health Promoters and Intake and Assessment Worker:

Each year there are a limited number of placement opportunities offered by these teams and disciplines. Most placements take place from September to April (sometimes we offer a January, April and/or summer placements), students are expected to be at the centre 2 to 3 days per week and may include some evening hours depending on Field Instructor’s schedule and placement activities. For more information, please contact Bronwyn Underhill, Director of Health Promotion and Wellnesss by email or by phone (416) 537-2455 ext. 310.

Counselling team student placements: no placements available

As a member of the counselling program the placement may include individual and group therapy (such as mindful meditation and CBT groups), as well as advocacy and referral work, case management and intake activities while working with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of needs.

Homeless and harm reduction team student placements: no placement available

As a member of this interdisciplinary team the placement will include the following programs/activities: street outreach (students must be able to ride a bike – compulsory requirement), needle distribution, kit making program, Four Winds Indigenous Wellness program, annual health fair event and income tax clinic, as well as one time projects and committees including annual agency and community events, project/program planning implementation and evaluation, advocacy, developing educational displays, and organizational committees. In addition, placement, students may also be offered other learning opportunities, such as participating in youth engagement initiatives, assisting health promoters, the Hepatitis C Support Program and the TRIP Program (youth harm reduction outreach program to people in the electronic music community).

Intake and assessment student placements: no placements available

The focus of this placement is intake and assessment of clients accessing programs and services at QW-CTCHC. The student will also have opportunities to be involved in programs and other areas of the health centre.

Early years’ student placements: no placements available

The student will be supervised by Health Promoters and will work mainly in the early year’s programs (Great Start Together, Parents Action Now, and Healthy Child Screening programs) as well as our food security programs (i.e. seasonal garden group and good food markets) and the Healthy Nail Salon Workers’ Project (education and outreach initiative). Students are expected to be at the health centre 3 days a week (Mondays and Thursdays are mandatory). Populations that the student will work with in this placement are mainly women and children, in particular newcomers, those with mental health issues, and people on a low income. The student will be involved in workshops, advocacy, program planning, intake and individual support. Placement does not include individual counselling or case management experience.

Clinical Student Placements

Depending on clinical preceptor availability, we have a limited number of placements available for medical, nursing and dental students. For more information, please contact Shivanee Nadarajah, Director of Primary Care by email.

Medical Secretary Student Placements

QW-CTCHC provides placements for students enrolled in a Medical Administrative Course at a recognized community college. At QW-CTCHC, the student will have an opportunity to work closely with the medical secretary team and engage in all aspects and functions of the medical secretary role as it pertains to our clinic. The duration of the placement may vary depending on the requirements of the student’s program. Interested students or program administrators may contact our Primary Care Clinic and Administrative Coordinator by email or by phone (416) 703-8482 ext. 2303.