Psychology services are part of the Mental Health Program and while the majority of referrals come from Psychiatry, we also collaborate with other departments such as Oncology, Nephrology, ICU, Family Medicine, the Diabetic Clinic etc. Our interns have the opportunity to work with a multiethnic population of patients, 18 years and older, in both English and French, and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
As a McGill-affiliated hospital, our mission also includes Teaching and Research. We believe that psychology interns need a sound foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to assess and work with our population. The internship program at St. Mary’s Hospital aims to provide an intense and in-depth clinical experience, including psychological testing, to enable interns to become competent and autonomous professionals. We participate in research endeavors with McGill as well as other academic, health and community institutions. Internally, we aim at conducting quality studies and evaluations of our services at every possible venue.
Our staff psychologists’ theoretical orientations range from psychodynamic to cognitive-behavioral, including humanistic, existential, motivational interviewing and transcultural approaches. Our main clinical services include individual psychotherapy, couple, family, group therapy, crisis intervention, and psychological assessments (intelligence, cognition and personality testing). Interns have the opportunity to participate in most of these activities.
As a university affiliated hospital serving a culturally diverse community, we are able to provide a variety of experiences and increased flexibility regarding the duration and intensity of internships. Internships are available to fulfill either practicum or full-year internship university requirements.
Our goal is to collaborate with interns to identify areas of interest and meet their particular needs. Interns are expected to take a proactive approach to their internship experience, seeking out the many learning opportunities available to them.
An important component of the internship experience at St. Mary’s Hospital is attendance in the weekly Clinical and Grand Rounds. While they are psychiatric–driven, the in-patient cases are presented in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus of care. In Grand Rounds, students are exposed to presentations from a variety of health professionals and researchers within the hospital or from other institutions on relevant clinical issues.
Other elements of training are the weekly Psychology clinical meetings and the monthly journal club. Discussions in the clinical meeting focus on out-patient clinic case presentations and discussions for care and treatment plan while the Journal Club stresses on continued development of knowledge and professional skills, as supported by current topics and scientific literature.
MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
Emmanuel Aubert, Ph.D. (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Sandra Bouabjian, M.A. (McGill University)
Susan Gamberg, Ph.D. ( c)
Keith Hooper, M.A. (McGill University)
Motivational Interviewing, Palliative Psychotherapies
Psychological, Cognitive, Career testing
Pain and Stress Management expertise
Nathan Kuperstok, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa)
Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, Existential,
Couple and family psychotherapy
Psychiatric In-patient Unit (Evaluation and Testing)
Consultant for Dialysis and Diabetic Clinic
Psychological and cognitive testing
Suzanne Marcotte, M.Ps. (Université de Montréal) Coordinator of Internship Program
Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, Dialectical Behavioral, Existential, Mindfulness psychotherapies
Psychological and cognitive testing
Psychiatric and Emergency Crisis Service
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy