Opportunities to Bloom with a Student Intern as your Therapist

Opportunities to Bloom with a Student Intern as your Therapist

When you are choosing a therapist for your child or teen, it can feel overwhelming. You may also be given the option of a student intern from the organization you connect with. Many families may shy away from this option, for the reason that they are unsure if a student has the skills and abilities to best support their child. However, there are many benefits of working with a student intern as your therapist! 

What exactly is a student intern therapist? 

Student interns at Bloom: Child & Family Therapy are students, who are currently enrolled in a Master’s level program social work or psychotherapy program and a practicum is a part of their education journey. Individuals who are enrolled in Master’s programs have completed an undergraduate degree, and usually come with some working experience as well. This may be their first time in a private practice but not their first time working within the social services sector. Student interns come from all different backgrounds, therefore they come equipped with many skills and various experiences. Here are the top four reasons a student intern may be the right fit for you!

  1. Student interns work at a reduced fee. 
  • This is likely the most obvious reason to pick a student intern and one many may already be aware of. Student intern fees are offered at a reduced rate. 
  1. Student interns receive weekly supervision from a senior therapist. 
  • Supervision for therapists is extremely important and is a requirement of the OCSWSSW and CRPO. Supervision provides a space for a therapist to ask questions, get help with assessment and developing treatment plans, formulating cases and developing plans for the appropriate next steps to best support their clients. Student interns at Bloom: Child & Family Therapy receive supervision on a weekly basis. This means a senior therapist is up to date on the needs of the clients the student intern is seeing and is actively involved in providing clinical feedback and support. 
  1. Student interns have small caseloads. 
  • Small caseloads mean student interns have more dedicated time to learn and develop approaches for their clients, have more frequent visits if wanted or needed and increased availability. Prior to a student starting at Bloom: Child & Family Therapy, they meet with the Clinical Director to review their skills, and scope of practice to ensure they are matched with appropriate referrals that they are comfortable supporting. 
  1. Student interns have opportunities to learn from other therapists at Bloom: Child & Family Therapy. 
  • As Bloom often has various groups running throughout the year, students are invited to join these groups and this is a great learning opportunity! They also get to attend peer supervision and get consultation from other therapists. Therefore students are able to further expand their knowledge through other therapists.
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