Please Note

Thank you so much for your interest in doing your practicum with Atira Women’s Resource Society! We are thrilled that you would like to be a part of our team!

At this time and until further notice we are putting our volunteer and practicum student intake on hold.

Please know we are taking every precaution to ensure our buildings and drop in spaces remain safe. Many if not most of our tenants and program participants have compromised health and are therefore at greater risk to develop dangerous complications if they contract the COVID-19 virus. We are mindful of this and so working hard to minimize the possibility of staff / volunteers and practicum students or anyone else passing on the virus within Atira.

As the status of the pandemic is constantly changing, we are unsure when we will be able to re-start intakes for volunteers and practicum students. That said, please submit your application below and we will be in touch with you as soon as we are able to open placements again.

We are committed as always to ensuring the women and children in Atira’s programs continue to be supported and our essential services experience minimal disruption.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at [email protected]. We apologize for any inconvenience and want to thank you in advance for being so understanding.

Get Work Experience with Atira

Atira Women’s Resource Society works with practicum students from many disciplines and institutions in our local communities, across the country and around the world!

We frequently work with students from the following disciplines:

  • Social Work, Social Services and related programs
  • Counselling, Therapy, and Art Therapy
  • Law
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Gender Studies and Women’s Studies
  • Nursing

If you’re interested in working with us but don’t see your program above, get in touch and we’ll see if there’s a fit for your skills!

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Supporting Students

We have a robust practicum program so you get the training, guidance and equipment you need to succeed.

We strive to provide an environment of consistent reliability for women and children accessing our services. Because of this, our practicums require a minimum of 200 hours over at least 8 weeks. We find this to be a minimum for the time it takes to get to know and do meaningful work in the community.

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
  • Community outreach projects
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.
I feel that within this industry, practicum placements are so important. Sereena's [housing program of Atira located in the Downtown Eastside] fully prepared me, and gave me an opportunity to work with them after my practicum.
The training I received really lived up to Atira's mandate and was extremely inclusive of a variety of identities, and the environment overall gave me the sense that they really do practice what they preach.

Practicum Opportunities

All Atira practicums are rooted in feminist and anti-oppressive values, and students will become familiarized with the ways in which harm reduction and trauma-informed principles are applied to situations in the real world. Here is a list of our current opportunities:

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.

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.

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

Support Work Practicums at Atira

Most practicum students at Atira learn support work skills in one of our many supported housing programs across the lower mainland. We accept as many students as we can accommodate who are a good fit with Atira’s mandate and values each semester.

This type of practicum offers opportunities for students to become for familiar with and sensitive to marginalized communities and the intersections of violence against women and children, and other challenges they face. Students practice their skills as social service professionals in a real-world environment using an anti-oppressive, harm-reduction framework.

Atira’s housing programs cover a broad range of supported housing, including transition homes, shelters, long-term housing, housing specifically for younger women, older women, women in recovery, and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit women, allowing students to determine which programs to pursue depending on their area of interest and experience.

Legal Advocacy Practicums at Atira

The Legal Advocacy Program accepts volunteers throughout the year. Students generally assist us with: matching women with legal services available at Atira and elsewhere, coordinating our weekly legal clinics, administrative support and case support. Students will gain practical advocacy skills rooted in feminist and anti-oppressive values. Where possible we gear opportunities to volunteer interests and skills. Senior volunteers often provide mentorship to newcomers.

All of our students have the opportunity to make meaningful contribution to women’s access to justice needs. Meeting women’s need may be making women tea and being a good listener, preparing evidence for a hearing, drafting an affidavit, disseminating legal information, providing referrals, accompanying a woman to a meeting or Court or researching legal remedies for a case.

Opportunities are well suited to women with an interest in pursuing a legal career, developing legal advocacy skills, and / or wanting to use their skills to make a difference for women. Current and past students and volunteers include: undergraduate students in various disciplines, paralegals, legal assistants, law students, law graduates, lawyers and women with lived experience.

Want to Learn More?

If you are interested in practicum opportunities, please email our practicum coordinator for more information.