Student Placements

Student Placements

For over 30 years, students are an integral part of the services provided at Hutton House. As an organization, we benefit from each students academic studies related to the current trends and information in the field of social services. Participants gain from increased supports provided from enthusiastic and motivated students.

Some of our academic partners include:

  • The University of Western Ontario – Main Campus, Brescia College, King’s College, Althouse College
  • The University of Waterloo
  • Memorial University
  • Fanshawe College
  • Medix School
  • Everest College
  • High Schools
  • TVDSB Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education

Any training program or academic institution is welcome to inquire about our placement opportunities. The length and type of placement depends on the course the student is enrolled in and the type of experience the student is looking for.

How to Get Started

All students are required to participate in an interview to determine:

  • Student Skills
  • Student Expectations
  • Placement needs - number of hours and dates of placement
  • Placement host responsibilities

Students should bring a resume to the interview. An interview does not guarantee a placement.

Students are placed within the following program areas:

  • Access Voluntarism 
  • Adult Education
  • Artworks
  • Day Break
  • Employment
  • Fitness and Wellness – includes nutrition
  • GPS (Goals, Preparation, Skills) 
  • Life Coaching
  • Lifeworks

The program area assigned to the student depends on the student’s course of study and the program needs at Hutton House at the time of the placement. Often the student can be placed within a variety of programs to enhance the placement experience.

We host students from a variety of courses such as:

  • Art Therapy
  • Community Support Worker
  • Developmental Service Worker
  • Employment Counselor
  • Food and Nutrition
  • High School Cooperative Education Programs
  • Social Service Worker
  • Health Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Psychology
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Other courses of study are welcome to inquire. Some placements can be project based ie address a specific a need for example promotions and advertising, event planning, fundraising, legal issues, human resources, computers etc.


Once accepted as a student at Hutton House, the student should bring the following to the first day of placement:

  • Health Card Number, doctor’s name, address and phone number, an emergency contact ie family member or friend, list of medications, allergies, medical condition(s), accommodations needed ie physical space, technology requirements etc.
  • Criminal Reference Check*
  • First Aid /CPR Certification*

*not always required but beneficial for students to consider acquiring if interested in this field of work.

Due to the needs of some participants and programs the length and hours of placement must meet minimum requirements. Call for details.


Our goal is to provide opportunities which are practical and meaningful. We hope to develop and enhance each students skills and prepare them for future employment. The students time at Hutton House will help them determine if the field of social services is the best match for their interests and skills.

Each student receives an orientation which includes:

  • Tours of the 3 Hutton House locations
  • Information about all programs and services
  • Health & Safety Training
  • WHMIS Training
  • Orientations about each program applicable to the placement from the program Coordinator(s)
  • Policies and Procedures Information

Students benefit from the experience of Hutton House staff who have been supporting persons with disabilities for a number of years in a variety of areas such as:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Employment Counselling
  • Fitness
  • Leisure
  • Literacy
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Personal Counselling
  • Pottery
  • Volunteer Coaching

Students gain experience planning and leading small group activities, working one to one with participants,supporting participants to be involved in the  community, writing lesson plans, teaching life skills, working within a team, learning about accommodations ie physical, written and verbal communications, etc. 

If you would like further information about student placement opportunities at Hutton House call 519 472 6381 x 222.