The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Los Angeles, CA
TCSPP Counseling Center at West Los Angeles 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.
Required application materials:
- Three letters of Recommendation (at least two letters must come from someone directly knowledgeable about your clinical work).
- Personal Statement:
Please answer the following questions.
Describe how your life experiences have influenced your choice to pursue a career in clinical work.
How would you best describe your current approach to clinical work?
What are your professional goals?
Selected applicants will be invited for in-person interviews. If you would like additional information, please contact us via email:
TCSPP Counseling Center at West Los Angeles:
Daun Baker, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Office of Training
TCSPP Counseling Center at Irvine:
Julie Wilnier, Ph.D.
Director, Irvine Counseling Center
There will be six half-time positions offered at both our Westwood and Irvine Counseling Centers for the 2016-17 training year. Interns are expected to work between 20 and 24 hours per week. There is an annual stipend of $5000 per position.
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.
Memorial Day May 30, 2016
Independence Day July 4, 2016
Labor Day September 5, 2016
Veteran's Day November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Holiday November 24, 25, 2016
Martin Luther King Day January 16, 2017
Interns are entitled to take an additional five days of 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.
After an initial round of applicant evaluations, selected applicants will be invited for in-person interviews.
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.
TCSPP Counseling Center at Irvine is conveniently located adjacent to our Irvine campus, which is situated in a lovely business and shopping center. ICC is across the street from UC Irvine and freeway close.
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 Centers.
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.
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: Professional Issues: Two-hours; 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
All interns submit a preferred weekly schedule prior to the commencement of training. Attendance is mandatory at our weekly Didactic Trainings and Staff Meetings which are held on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm.
All accepted MFT Interns submit a preferred schedule prior to the commencement of training. Interns may select from the following options:
Monday through Friday: 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 per week as well as one weekend time slot. Total hours including training must be at least 20 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.