Volunteers strengthen, enhance and augment the services that Dufferin Child and Family Services offer to families of Dufferin County. Many of our programs would not function without the skill and commitment of volunteers. Their service complements and enhances the service provided by our staff. We are committed to providing you with the resources and support that you may need in order to fulfill your volunteer role. As a volunteer you will be part of a team that includes staff, foster parents, children and families. We feel volunteers really make a difference in the lives of our children.
DCAFS is an inclusive organization and welcomes everyone to apply for volunteer opportunities. If you require specific assistance during the application process in accordance with the AODA.
The practicum training program in Children’s Mental Health at Dufferin Child and Family Services is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to integrate theory with practice and to gain valuable clinical experience working with children, youth and families. Interns will have opportunities to provide service within our Talk-in Clinic (walk-in service), and our Brief Service Program. DCAFS is a multi-service agency providing Children’s Mental Health, Child Protection and Developmental Support Services. While this placement is being offered in the Children’s Mental Health Program, the multi-service nature provides unique opportunities to gain insight about the roles of other service providers.
Interns will be supervised by Masters level, experienced clinicians. Interns will be expected to participate in regularly scheduled individual and group servision and/or trainings including topics related to providing single session and brief clinical services to children, youth and families. Interns will have opportunities to build skills in various therapeutic modalities.
This program is designed for current MSW or other Master’s level students in a clinical program seeking a field placement and those who have already completed a master’s level clinical program and are looking for additional training/experience and/or hours towards accreditation.
The practicum training program runs September through April although an extension can be negotiated.
Intern schedules can be negotiated with their practicum supervisor; however, interns are expected to be available during our weekly Talk-in clinic on Wednesdays between 1pm-8pm.
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please forward a resume and cover letter to [email protected]
f you are interested in doing a student placement with our agency, please have the Student Placement Coordinator from your school contact Jennifer Proctor at [email protected]