Student Placements

Affiliations and partnerships with a number of academic institutions provide opportunities for professional staff at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) to share their knowledge by teaching students within formalized student placement positions. Our trained staff also develop their own mentorship and teaching skills by assisting placement students to achieve hands-on experience in their respective fields. All students are partnered with knowledgeable staff who provide mentorship, preceptorship, and supervision.

Students are crucial to the development of our academic mandate, and the strengthening of our partnerships with academic institutions. Students are valued by our staff, who enjoy mentoring them in the professions for which they share a deep passion. During their time at Ontario Shores, students gain practical experience related to their field of study, and staff benefit from a fresh perspective on their own practices.

 We assist with supervision and teaching in the following fields: 

  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Information / Network Specialist
  • Finance
  • Law and Security
  • Administration
  • Dietary
  • Child and Youth Workers
  • Rehabilitation / Behavioural Therapy

Contact Us
Organization of student placements is administered through the office of Interprofessional Research, Knowledge Translation and Academic Development. If you have any questions related to student placements or academic development or if you are a student wishing to participate in a student placement program as part of your professional training please direct questions to:

Coordinator Student Affairs
Phone: 905.430.4055, ext. 6704
  • Nicholas
    I like how Ontario Shores is always different. It gives unique challenges on a week to week basis.
    Nicholas Herstead,
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, PRA
  • Dina
    My experience as a Psychology Intern at Ontario Shores has been great! I am inspired by patient stories and feel privileged to be a part of their journey towards recovery. Exposure to a wide range of clinical cases in combination with excellent supervision, a supportive interdisciplinary team and friendly staff at Ontario Shores make this hospital an outstanding training facility!
    ~ Dina Buttu,
    Psychology Intern
  • Stephanie
    It was a great experience; different from any other.
    ~ Stephanie Arpin
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, PRA
  • Emily
    Ontario Shores has provided an enriching contribution to my nursing practice. I have been given many opportunities as a student to gain clinical experience in the field of psychiatric nursing. With the assistance of excellent staff and our instructor, I have learned a great deal about mental health as well as caring for the patients within this facility.
    ~ Emily DeSantis
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, FAU
  • Heather
    Working at Ontario Shores has provided me with endless opportunities. I am now interested in making mental health my future career choice.
    ~ Heather Humphries
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, FCRU
  • Heather
    My placement at Ontario Shores has taught me skills that I will use in my future nursing career.
    ~ Heather Kavelaar
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, ASU
  • Katie
    My short time at Ontario Shores has given me a lot of lifetime experiences that I can apply to any field of nursing.”
    ~ Katie Kellestine
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, ASU
  • Samantha
    My clinical experience at Ontario Shores has opened my eyes to mental health. It is something that affects everyone and the staff on ASU helped me realize that.
    ~ Samantha Loney
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, ASU
  • Ashley
    During my placement at Ontario Shores I have been given the opportunity to work with a number of amazing staff members who have taught me a lot during my experience here. The staff were very receptive to students and continually provided positive feedback. Ontario Shores has created an enriching learning placement, and I am pleased that I got the chance to work here. Thank you!
    ~ Ashley MacMillan
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, FAU
  • Erica
    My favorite part of the day is the time I spend with patients; this is where the bulk of my learning occurs. Each individual is so diverse and unique that listening to their personal stories enhances my appreciation for the complexity of mental health as well as for the strength of the human spirit. The best way to learn is to walk a mile in another man's shoes, but to do that I must first remove my own.
    ~ Erica Martin,
    Psychology Intern, FPRU and NRS
  • Tanya
    Staff at Ontario Shores are supportive in the learning experience and are always open to sharing their knowledge.
    ~ Tanya Rigby
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, PRA
  • Olivia
    I love the people, I love my work and that’s why I come out here. I’m retired and it’s a great place to spend my time.
    ~ Olivia Struke
    Third-year nursing student, UOIT, FCRU
  • Mike
    The Ontario Shores student placement program offered me a personal look at the connection between mental health and the justice system. I was thrilled to witness the collaborative efforts of so many people from so many professional backgrounds all working together to do what they can for people suffering from mental illness. During my semester with Ontario Shores I filtered through the Forensic program, beginning in assessment to spending my last day in outpatient services which enabled me to gather perspective of each stage of a patient’s recovery process. I’m confident that what I learned at Ontario Shores will be the reason I continue to pursue mental health law.
    ~ Mike Vrantsidis