Practicum Students

We proudly offer college and university students the opportunity of practicum placements and internships. Each year, we typically agree to host up to 20 students from Vancouver Island University (VIU), University of British Columbia (UBC), Stenberg College, Discovery College, Sprott Shaw College, North Island College, and College of the Rockies. In addition, we invite local students to come for one or two day visits to learn more about our programs.

Students coming to Forward House include those studying in the programs such as Social Work, Community Support Worker, Mental Health Worker, Human Services, Psychiatric Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing, and Non-Profit Management and Leadership.  Our goal is to give students the opportunity to learn more about the practice of Psychosocial Rehabilitation for people who are experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges.

For more information, please contact Sharon, Executive Director, at 250-954-0785 or

The clients at Forward House have been so open to sharing their stories with me and my fellow students. We have been able to learn so much from them and for that I am so very grateful!
— Forward House Practicum Student

Careers at Forward House

Forward House employs full-time, part-time, and casual staff to provide exceptional service for our clients. We have a dedicated team of professionals who enjoy diversity, challenge, and laughter. We provide a strengths-based culture that focuses on the abilities of clients, volunteers, students, and staff alike.

Our current career opportunities are listed below. To apply for a position, please download, complete, and submit this application form with your cover letter and resume to Sharon Welch at

I love the sense of community at Forward House. We are providing a safe and comfortable space for sharing and support. The work is meaningful and rewarding, and I feel lucky to be a part of the Forward House team.
— Forward House Staff Member

Current Career Opportunities 

Client Support Worker

We're looking for a new Client Support Worker to provide our clients with support in a safe, compassionate and strengths-based environment at our house in Parksville, BC. The successful candidate will create and facilitate meaningful programming in a group context, assist clients on a 1:1 basis with action planning, and monitor each individual’s progress. The complete job description can be found here.