The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Los Angeles, CA
TCSPP Counseling Center at West Los Angeles MFT/LPCC Internship Program
The TCSPP Counseling Centers MFT/LPCC 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/LPCC Intern within the state of California.
Required application materials:
- Cover letter that expresses interest and intent.
- Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Three Letters of Recommendation (at least two letters must come from a licensed mental health professional who is directly familiar with your clinical work).
- Personal Statement:
- Explain how some of your life experiences have influenced your pursuit of a career in the mental health field and your professional goals?
- How would you describe your current approach to clinical work [e.g. theoretical orientation, influential theorist(s), important concepts, and your way of engaging with clients]?
- What are you looking for in a training program and how is TCSPP Counseling Center in West LA a good fit for your training needs?
Please submit your complete application materials ASAP, so that we can schedule you for an interview within the following two weeks. If your application materials are not complete, your interview may not be scheduled or canceled.
TCSPP Counseling Center at West Los Angeles:
Jens Schmidt, Ph.D.
Assistant Training Director, Clinical Supervisor
TCSPP Counseling Center at Irvine:
Julie Wilnier, Ph.D.
Director, Irvine Counseling Center
Interns are expected to work 19.5 hours per week. There is an annual stipend of $5000 per position.
Vacation and Holidays
The TCSPP Counseling Center is closed during 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 vacation. Vacation days must be approved by the intern's individual supervisor and the Director of the Counseling Center at least one month prior to the start of your vacation. It is expected that vacation days will not be 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. The 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 Hammer Museum, the Skirball Cultural Center, UCLA, and other attractions.
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/LPCC 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 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 though 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 in 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 seek interns who are committed to their continued personal and professional growth as clinicians.
The Chicago School Counseling Centers' MFT/LPCC 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:
- Gain a substantial body of clinical experience, supported by developmentally-sequenced experiential learning.
- Understand the importance of outreach and consultation and be 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 be able to integrate multiple theoretical perspectives into therapeutic interventions.
- integrate science into practice and value the contributions of practice to psychological science.
- Solidify a clear and strong professional identity.
The program takes advantage of multiple theoretical orientations and a diverse supervisory staff, it relies on a wide variety of clinical services to assure breadth. The individually tailored programs are reviewed and approved by the Director of the Counseling Center.
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. The internship 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 service, outreach/consultation, and training. Intern activities within each area are outlined below.
MFT/LPCC 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 a group curriculum and by regularly reviewing the program and training components.
All MFT/LPCC 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 clinical work and professional growth. 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 available. Consistent with the AAMFT Ethical Code, MFT/LPCC interns may be encouraged but not required to explore personal experiences that could facilitate or hinder them in providing clinical services.
Didactic Trainings: Two hours per week, in which current topics in professional psychology that are highly relevant to the training cohorts are presented by experts in the mental health field.
Additional Learning Supports: One-hour weekly Staff Meeting with all interns, trainees and permanent staff to discuss organizational issues around daily operations of the center and training needs.
Sample MFT/LPCC 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/LPCC 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 per week but cannot schedule themselves for more than 8 hours on a given day. Signing up for a Saturday time slot is highly appreciated. The total of preferred hours including training should add up to 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.