Thompson Rivers University

Open Learning

CYMH 5541
Child and Youth Mental Health Internship and Capstone

5.0 Credits


This course will provide the structure and supervision for field experience in child and youth mental health. Field education will provide students with an opportunity to enhance and refine their child and youth mental health skills. Students who are currently working in a mental health position must ensure that their placement work is specifically with children and youth and appropriate supervision is available within or can be contracted outside of the agency. Included in this course is a Capstone Project which will integrate theory, practice, and research.

Delivery Method



Admission to Child and Youth Mental Health Program and successful completion of CYMH 5511, 5521, and 5531.

Note: Part- or full-time Internship hours, totaling 210 are required. The student will provide potential internship sites and the program coordinator will set up the internship. This course is only available in Canada.


By the time you finish your work on this course, you should be able to:

  • Apply the learning from the previous courses to practice in a multi-disciplinary context (conduct an assessment, develop an intervention plan, and implement the plan under supervision).
  • Consult with your supervisor, your colleagues and other professionals on specific cases.
  • Provide general consultation and education on child and youth mental health issues.
  • Document client progress and struggles on an ongoing basis.
  • Use an integrated case management process, and
  • Describe the programs and services provided by the mental health and related system of care and community based mental health resources which are designed to meet the needs of children, youth and families.
  • Demonstrate integration of theory, practice, and research in a final Capstone Project.

Course Outline

This course is divided into pre-internship activities and five modules, covering intervention planning and specific interventions in child and youth mental health as well as a Capstone Project:

Pre-Internship Activities: Securing Your Internship

  • Considerations
  • Steps in Establishing Your Internship

Module 1: Orientation and Goal Setting

  • Section 1: Baseline Assessment
  • Section 2: Establishing an Internship Schedule and Plan
  • Section 3: Identification of Personal Resources and Goal Setting

Module 2: Establishing Professional and Therapeutic Relationships

  • Section 1: Professional Practice
  • Section 2: Client Assessment

Module 3: Developing a Capstone Project Proposal

  • Section 1: Identifying a Topic
  • Section 2: Developing a Capstone Project Proposal

Module 4: Implementation of Strengths-Based Practice

  • Section 1: Intervention
  • Section 2: Consultation and Community Development
  • Section 3: Community Partnerships

Module 5: Writing the Capstone Project

  • Section 1: The Capstone Project

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

No specific materials required. No textbook required. Students are asked to revisit materials and course content in Child and Youth Mental Health courses.

Note: Part-time or full-time Internship hours, totaling 210, are required. The student will provide potential internship sites and the program coordinator will set up the internship.

Additional Requirements

This web-based course requires that students have reliable access to the Internet. Refer to the TRU-OL website for computer requirements.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist you throughout the course. Primary communication is through Learning Management System's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


There are six assignments in this course that your course Open Learning Faculty Member will assess to determine your successful completion of the internship. All assignments will be evaluated as successful or unsuccessful. Students must successfully complete all assignments and final project in order to pass the course.

Assignment 1: Learning Contract 10%
Assignment 2: Midpoint Performance Evaluation 15%
Assignment 3: Capstone Project Proposal 5%
Assignment 4: Final Performance Evaluation 25%
Assignment 5: Clinical Practice Record (CPR) 25%
Final Project: Capstone Project 20%
Total 100%

NOTE TO STUDENTS beginning this graduate program in winter 2012, a student who receives a B- (70-74) or lower in two or more courses will be required to withdraw regardless of their grade point average unless the Program Coordinator recommends otherwise.

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