The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
TCSPP Counseling Center at Irvine MFT Internship Program
The TCSPP Counseling Centers MFT Internship Program is open to anyone who has a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, or Social Work from an accredited institution and who is registered as an MFT Intern within the state of California.
In addition to a completed application, all applicants must submit transcripts from their masters' degree program along with three letters of reference. At least two letters of reference must be from persons familiar with the applicant's clinical work, preferably from direct clinical supervisors.
There will be several half-time positions offered at our Irvine Counseling Center for the each training year, which typically lasts one year from the start date. Interns are expected to work 19.5 hours per week. There is an annual stipend of $5000 per position per year.
Vacation and Holidays
The TCSPP Counseling Center is closed the week between Christmas and New Year's Day as well as on the following national holidays.
Martin Luther King Day
Interns are entitled to take an additional five days of paid vacation. Vacation days should be approved by your individual supervisor and Director of Counseling Centers at least one month prior to the start of your vacation. It is expected that vacation days are not taken during the first two months or last two months of the internship year.
The TCSPP Counseling Center at Irvine is located within a geographically desirable area with easy freeway access and an abundance of culturally stimulating activities. Our Irvine Campus is located directly across the street from UCI with many services and amenities right outside our doors.
The intent of our Marriage and Family Internship is to provide a broadly based training program to move MFT Interns on towards licensure. Training is developmentally sequenced, experiential, and utilizes multiple intervention modalities. All training is supported by intensive supervision, seminar experiences, and a commitment to life-long learning.
Our internship is designed to prepare ethical and multi-culturally sensitive professional clinicians who can move with competence, creativity and flexibility into a variety of positions providing clinical, consultation, and outreach services to adults, adolescents, children, families, couples and groups in outpatient settings. Self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue are highly valued aspects of our training. Supervisors and seminar facilitators encourage, but never require, self-disclosure of personal information that may facilitate or hinder clinical practice or collegial relationships.
We are looking for applicants who have shown themselves through their practicum placements that they are curious, eager to learn and engage, and flexible in their thinking and approaches to clinical service. As an organization we value and respect cultural and individual differences, and we seek interns with expressed interest in continued personal and professional growth in these areas.
The Chicago School Counseling Centers' MFT Internship seeks to provide a broadly based training program to facilitate the transition from intern to licensed professional. The specific goals of our internship are to develop professionals who:
- Have gained a substantial body of clinical experience, supported by developmentally-sequenced experiential learning.
- Have an understanding of the importance of outreach and consultation and are able to provide these services.
- Make meaningful contributions to training programs.
- Work in multidisciplinary environments, have the knowledge, skills, and awareness for multi-culturally competent work, and are able to integrate multiple theoretical perspectives into their therapeutic interventions.
- Are able to integrate science into practice and value the contributions of practice to psychological science.
- Have a clear and strong professional identity.
The program takes advantage of multiple theoretical orientations and a diverse supervisory staff, and relies on a wide variety of clinical services to assure breadth. The individually tailored programs are reviewed and approved by the Director of Counseling Center.
TCSPP Services Counseling Center Services
Services provided by TCSPP Counseling Centers fall into three main categories: clinical, outreach/consultation, and training. Intern activities within each area are outlined below.
MFT Interns, with supervisor consultation, will learn to manage their client load to keep direct clinical service at approximately 50% of their work time. Direct Service may include individual (adult, adolescent, or child), couple, family, or group therapy.
Each intern will develop and implement one Outreach Presentation within the training year. The intern will respond to requests from the community, and/or develop and market a presentation program to address clinical issues or meet community needs.
All interns are encouraged to participate in program development by helping to design group curriculum and program review.
Orientation: Three days of intensive training designed to introduce MFT Interns to our TCSPP Counseling Centers, our various service delivery areas, and to outline the intern's expectations. There is also time to meet staff and intern peers, and for logistics such as setting up computer and email systems and settling into office spaces.
All MFT Interns will receive one hour of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision per week. Individual supervision will focus on the intern's own cases. Group supervision will be limited to eight participants and will include supervisees from a variety of clinical backgrounds and training levels. Additional opportunities for adjunctive supervision as needed for groups, consultation, and outreach activities are also available. Consistent with the AAMFT Ethical Code, MFT Interns may be encouraged but not required to explore personal experiences that could facilitate or hinder the intern in providing clinical services.
Didactic Trainings: Two-hours weekly; addresses current topics in professional psychology and topics of interest to our training cohorts.
Additional Learning Supports: One-hour weekly Staff Meeting with all interns and permanent staff.
Sample MFT Intern Schedule
Individual, Couple, Family, or Group Therapy
Attendance is mandatory at our weekly Didactic Trainings and Staff Meetings which are held on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. Attendance during your set schedule is also mandatory, even during times in which clients are not scheduled, or have cancelled.
All accepted MFT Interns submit a preferred schedule prior to the commencement of training. Interns may select from the following options:
Monday through Thursday: 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm, 5pm-9pm, 9am-5pm, 1pm-9pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm, 9am-5pm
*All Interns must commit to at least one evening and/or one weekend time slot per week. Total hours, including training must be 19.5 hours per week. We do our best to accommodate Interns preferences but because of limited office space, we may not be able to give you your first choices.