Atira provides all Practicum Students with training, guidance, and equipment necessary to successfully carry out their duties.  The Program Manager will be responsible for drawing up a specific orientation plan for each new student.  After the initial orientation, an assessment is to be made as to whether the student is comfortable in their placement.  If not, further training can be scheduled provided the manager agrees.  A maximum number of training hours is not set but an assessment must be made at the end of each shift.


Practicums in the Stopping the Violence Counselling Program

The Stopping the Violence Counselling program accepts a limited number of students each year who wish to complete their counselling or social work practicums at Atira Women’s Resource Society.  Placements will allow students to put into practice counselling skills which are rooted in feminist and anti-oppressive values, and will become familiarized with the ways in which harm reduction and trauma-informed principles are applied in a counselling setting.

The program offers opportunities for students to work with women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver who are facing a variety of challenges, including violence and abuse, substance use issues, loneliness and lack of social connection, and struggles with mental wellness.  Students will have a chance to practice their skills in a variety of settings: one-on-one counselling sessions, group counselling sessions, receiving drop-ins, as well as in community outreach projects.  If you wish to apply your knowledge and experience in an environment where the strengths and skills of women are recognized, consider applying to do your practicum at Atira Women’s Resource Society.

Please note students must commit to practicums for at least eight months, preferably one year.


Some feedback from a recent Practicum Student

“I couldn't have asked for a better placement and a better manager...[My manager] taught me so much and I will forever be grateful. She gave me proper feedback to help me grow and proper training.”  
“I honestly felt like I was a part of Koomseh, I was treated exceptionally well, learnt so much and was included in so much to help me learn. Again I am beyond grateful…”
-Nareeman, recent practicum student at Atira 

Contact Information

If you are interested in practicum opportunities, please email