The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Los Angeles, CA
TCSPP Counseling Center MFT and PCC Internship Program
TCSPP Counseling Center at West Los Angeles has 6 part-time MFT/PCC internship positions that begin in the spring and fall of each calendar year. Each intern works 19.5 hours/week and are allotted 5 days of vacation and 5 days of sick time. There is an annual stipend of $5000 per position. Anticipated start date of incoming cohort of interns is March 1, 2017.
Positions are available at the Counseling Centers at West Los Angeles. The TCSPP Counseling Centers MFT and PCC Internship Program 2017-18 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 or PCC Intern within the state of California.
The intent of our Internship is to provide a broadly based training program to move MFT and PCC 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 multiculturally competent 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 identities, and we seek interns with expressed interest in continued personal and professional growth in these areas.
TCSPP Counseling Center's MFT/PCC 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 multiculturally 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/PCC Interns, with supervisor consultation, will learn to manage their client load to keep direct clinical service at 8 to 13 hours per week. Direct Service may include individual (adult, adolescent, or child), couple, family, or group therapy. Exact number of direct clinical service hours collected will vary throughout the year and with each trainee.
Elective Training Tracks
MFT/PCC interns may apply to participate in the Group Psychotherapy or Community Prevention and Outreach Tracks, pending supervisor approval. Participants in the group track have the opportunity to create and facilitate a group therapy throughout the year in addition to participating in a weekly group therapy didactic training. The Community Prevention and Outreach track allows interns to get involved in the development of prevention and outreach initiatives within the community.
MFT/PCC Peer Mentorship Program (West LA campus)
Interns will have the opportunity to become peer mentors for incoming first-year clinicians. This will support the development of leadership skills in addition to promoting further development of their own professional strengths and identity through the support of less experiences clinicians.
Training/ Orientation :
Interns will receive training and orientation to our center, service delivery areas, and training expectations during the 1st several weeks of internship. Incoming interns will be provided a peer mentor to assist with orientation.
All MFT/PCC 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 :
Weekly for two-hours; addresses current topics in professional psychology and topics of interest to our training cohorts. As MFT/PCC interns are expected to move into leadership positions within the course of their training experience at TCSPP, they will also have the opportunity to provide didactic training to less experienced clinicians.
Additional Learning Supports:
One-hour weekly Staff Meeting with all interns and permanent staff.
After appointment, interns submit their availability and a preferred weekly schedule. Interns must commit to at least 1 evening and 1 weekend shift per week. Although attempts are made to accommodate preferred schedule, interns are not guaranteed to be assigned their preferred schedule. Attendance is mandatory for didactic and staff meetings (Wednesday mornings from 10am to 1pm), weekly supervision (times variable), individual supervision (times variable), and any other additional supervision/consultation required by elective tracks.
The TCSPP Counseling Center is closed the week between Christmas and New Year's Day as well as on the following national holidays including: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, and Thursday/Friday during the week of Thanksgiving.
Sample MFT Intern Schedule
Individual, Couple, Family, or Group Therapy
The TCSPP Counseling Center at West Los Angeles is located within a geographically-desirable area with easy access by freeway or public transportation. West Los Angeles is a vibrant community filled with great eateries, movie theaters, and shopping. Our center's location also reflects the great diversity of Los Angeles County as our surrounding neighborhood is within the heart of "Persian Square" and just blocks from "Sawtelle Japantown" West Los Angeles is also home to the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Tolerance, the Ahmanson Museum.
Statement of Non-discrimination
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center acknowledges its ethical and statutory responsibility to afford equal treatment and equal opportunity to all persons, and thus complies with all applicable laws and directives which promulgate non-discrimination and equality of opportunity. In keeping with the spirit and letter of the law, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center prohibits discrimination against its employees, interns, practicum students, and applicants based on race, gender, religion, age, national ancestry of origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, sources of income, military discharge status, or other impermissible reason; sexual harassment is also prohibited. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center admits interns and practicum students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to interns and practicum students at the center. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its policies or recruitment policies. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center also bars retaliation against an employee, intern, practicum student, or applicant who files a complaint of discrimination against the administration and/or staff members.
Required application materials:
1. Completed TCSPP online employment application with the following:
Three letters of Recommendation (at least 1 from a recent clinical supervisor and 1 from a person familiar with your clinical work/clinical supervisor)
Personal Statement to address the following:
How would you best describe your current approach to clinical work (please include theoretical orientation, thoughts on conceptualization, and how you engage in the treatment process)?
What are you looking for in a training program and how is TCSPP Counseling Center at West LA a good fit for your training needs?
After an initial round of applicant evaluations, selected applicants will be invited for in-person interviews.