Behavioral Health Services Internship Program

We aim to 1) provide behavioral health internship opportunities that integrate students' academic learning with practical clinical skills within the wellness and recovery model, to 2) enhance workforce diversity, and to 3) promote vocations in public health among graduating professionals.

Overview

BHS provides a culturally diverse network of programs, whose services are provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, therapists, nurses, health workers and peer professionals. This interdisciplinary workforce supports the needs of all SF residents who access our system by providing comprehensive behavioral health services to mentally ill adults and emotionally disturbed children, youth and their families. 

Training

We provide training for masters-level trainees and practicum level psychology students in a doctoral program. Interns must be actively enrolled in a graduate program. The exception to this are those seeking post-doctoral placements and supervision.

Students are provided with regular didactic trainings seminars on relevant clinical topics and are also able to attend system-wide trainings available to BHS employees through our training unit. 

Multicultural Stipend

Students are able to apply to the Multicultural Student Stipend Program which provides cash stipends to awarded applicants representative of the diverse populations we serve with a goal of increasing workforce diversity in San Francisco. 

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Only students from academic institutions that have a current MOU with the San Francisco Department of Public Health may be placed at BHS placement sites. See below for more information. 

How to Apply

After ensuring your school has a current MOU (see below) please review the placement opportunities and e-mail the following to the placement coordinator(s):

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of reference 

BHS Placement Opportunities

Chinatown Children's Development Center

Chinatown Children's Development Center

**Applications are no longer being accepted as selections for 2022-2023 academic year have been made**

Description of Services:

Chinatown Child Development Center provides outpatient behavioral health treatment to children ages 3 to 18 and their families. Our clients are low income families; mostly Chinese speaking immigrant parents.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Students usually carry 4-5 cases (depending on level and ability) for therapy. This will include individual therapy hours, collateral sessions with parents and teachers, case management and family therapy if appropriate. In addition, each psychology student will complete 1-2 full battery psychological testing case.

Type of Supervision Offered:

  • Weekly individual
  • Group supervision may be offered depending on the number of students placed 

Number of Interns Accepted:

  • Up to two 2nd year MSW students and two psychology practicum students

Desired Qualifications:

Bilingual and bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those that speak Cantonese, Mandarin, or Vietnamese.

Licensure of Supervisor:

  • LCSW, MFT, Psychologist

Period of Internship:

  • Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Yvonne Yu, LCSW                     Christina Liu, Ph.D.

yvonne.yu@sfdph.org                christina.liu@sfdph.org 

Resources:

Download our brochure here

Read more about our program here

Chinatown Child Development Center

720 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Clinic

Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Clinic

**Applications are no longer being accepted as selections for 2022-2023 academic year have been made**

Description of Services:

Chinatown North Beach (CTNB) offers an array of outpatient mental health services to adult and older adult residents primarily in the Chinatown and North Beach areas of SF. Services include psychiatric/medication evaluations, individual therapy/counseling, family intervention, crisis intervention, acupuncture for psychiatric disorders, as well as a wellness program that includes clinical and activity groups. CTNB also partners with Galileo Academy of Science and Technology to provide school based counseling to students. 

CTNB operates with the basic philosophy that services must be accessible and culturally appropriate. Staff are multidisciplinary and multilingual.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Students will conduct client intakes, provide individual therapy, case management services, complete electronic assessments, treatment plans and progress notes. 

Type of Supervision Offered:

Weekly individual 

Number of Interns Accepted:

Up to four 2nd year Master's level students. Ability to provide services in an Asian language preferred.  

Licensure of Supervisor:

LCSW, LMFT, LPCC

Period of Internship

Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Doris Hung, LMFT

doris.hung@sfdph.org 

Ryan Fuimaono, LCSW

ryan.fuimaono@sfdph.org 

Behavioral Health

Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Services
729 Filbert St
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Families Rising

Families Rising

Description of Services:

The Families Rising (FaR) Behavioral Health program is a vital component of FaR, a collective impact initiative led by HSA's Department of Human Services, in collaboration with the Office of Of Early Care and Education (OECE), Department of Public Health, and the Office of Child Support Services.

The role of the FaR behavioral health program is to provide direct services (individual, dyadic, and group) to clients in the field, office, or through tele-health, as well as mental health consultation to other direct service providers affiliated with Families Rising. The role of the intern will be to focus on engaging clients in direct services, including assessment, linkage, treatment, and clinical case management.

The FaR behavioral health program is a collaborative partner to the larger Families Rising Program. Our services are trauma-focused. Many of our families have a history of complex, intergenerational trauma.

Overview of Families Rising Program:

FaR implements a two-generation strategy with CalWORKs families serving San Franciscans who live in poverty and who are pregnant or have very young children. FaR clients are primarily Black/African-American (39%) and Latinx/Hispanic (32%) families. FaR focuses on improving outcomes for both parent and child by providing parents with employment support, personal coaching, and linkage to mental health services to improve economic self-sufficiency and executive functioning. FaR also provides children with the developmental support they need to arrive at school ready to succeed, while emphasizing the importance of all caregivers in both of these areas. FaR service providers utilize a family-centric approach to delivering services by packaging together several evidence-based and promising service interventions that support families in goal-setting and goal attainment. The program focuses on three main areas that will improve families' ability to function independently and within their communities: reduce external sources of stress, strengthen responsive relationships, and build work and life skills. By working on these three areas, FaR's goal is to move families from CalWORKs services toward self-sufficiency and give family members a sense of positive family well-being.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Duties provided via tele-health, in the office, and in the field. Student’s supervisor or other staff will always be available to provide support by phone during internship hours. Interns will engage parents in DSM screening tool, support clients and clinicians with clinical case management, linkage to mental health services, carry a client caseload with number of clients flexible to meet the number of client contact hours required by program (with possibility of dyadic treatment including baby/young child), and participate in group facilitation. There is also the possibility of expanding into special projects by intern interest and as needed by the program.

Type of Supervision Offered:

  • Weekly individual

Number of Interns Accepted:

  • One or two 1st or 2nd year MSW student

Licensure of Supervisor:

  • LCSW

Period of Internship

1 academic year, Fall 2022- Spring/Summer 2023 (Flexible start and end date based on intern needs)

Training Coordinator:

Meghan Spyker, Psy.D.

meghan.spyker@sfdph.org

Families Rising

333 Valencia, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Family Mosaic Project

Family Mosaic Project

**Applications are no longer being accepted as selections for 2022-2023 academic year have been made**

 

Description of Services:

Family Mosaic provides wraparound services to children, youth & families who are at-risk for out of home placement or a higher level of care. FMP serves Medi-Cal recipients of San Francisco city and county. Clients are experiencing community violence, trauma, abuse, eating disorders and have significant mental issues as a result.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Students will be responsible to provide individual, family and parenting therapy sessions. They will also provide clinical case management services. These services are provided in the homes, schools, community and clinic. Interns will learn to provide and document services for Medi-Cal reimbursement in our AVATAR (electronic health record) documentation system.

Type of Supervision Offered:

Weekly individual and monthly group

Number of Interns Accepted:

Two 2nd year MSW students

Licensure of Supervisor:

LCSW

Period of Internship

Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Amy Smith, LCSW
(628) 333-5141

amy.l.smith@sfdph.org 

Behavioral Health

Family Mosaic Project
1309 Evans Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
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Gender Health SF

Gender Health SF

**Applications are no longer being accepted as selections for 2022-2023 academic year have been made**

Description of Services:

Our website: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/comupg/oprograms/THS/default2.asp

Mission Statement & Values
 
Gender Health SF’s mission is to increase access to quality gender affirming health care for underserved transgender and non-binary people in San Francisco, regardless of immigration status and/or level of income.

Values:

  • Social justice
  • Community investment
  • Peer led
  • Harm reduction
  • Wellness
  • Advocacy
  • Compassionate whole person care


Culturally congruent peer driven services for transgender and non-binary low-income San Franciscans.  Assessing and advocating around unmet needs and gaps in our system to increase appropriates services, support clinical coordination and care for higher needs patients.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Navigation of low-income transgender and non-binary San Franciscans through the gender affirming surgery process including intake, consult readiness, pre-surgery education and post surgery follow-up.  Part of a dynamic peer driven team of transgender and non-binary navigators. Completing pre-surgical assessment addendums including assessing and documenting clients surgery readiness and medical necessity.  Review of Pre-surgical assessments for medical necessity, informed consent, surgery readiness and best navigator fit.  Possibilities for leading or supporting an educational group for clients or providers. Will learn Epic electronic medical records. 
Have hybrid remote and in-person staffing. Depending on Covid issues have done all services remotely. Have protocols in place for staff and client safety.

Type of Supervision Offered:

  • Weekly individual

Number of Interns Accepted:

One with preference for 2nd year MSW but will consider 1st year MSW depending on experience. BIPOC, Latinx, transgender, and nonbinary students strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application Submission: 

Please submit applications by February 25, 2022. 

Mandatory Time Commitment:

Would be great for the intern to be here on Thursday as it is our weekly staff meeting. Monthly there is a clinical gender consult meeting on Tuesday.  Also a youth focused consult group once/month on Mondays.  Flexible.

Licensure of Supervisor:

  • LCSW

Period of Internship

  • Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Janet Moomaw, LCSW
628-206-7979

janet.moomaw@sfdph.org 

Gender Health SF

995 Potrero Ave, Building 80
#8000N (Ground Floor)
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Jail Behavioral Health Services

Jail Behavioral Health Services

Description of Services:

Jail Behavioral Health Services provides direct service to incarcerated adults in the San Francisco County Jail. This is a widely diverse population raging in age, gender, race, socio economic status and complex trauma. Many of our clients have serious mental illness and struggle with co-morbid disorders. Trainees will have an opportunity to develop patient centered treatment plans, refine diagnosis and help develop discharge plans. The trainee will work with multi-disciplinary teams including law enforcement, community providers, medical staff and legal staff.       

Responsibilities of Interns:

Trainees are expected to work in this professional environment with a multi-disciplinary team. They will be responsible to carrying a case load of incarcerated clients.  Punctuality, professionalism, and knowledge of the DSM V are highly desired skills.

Type of Supervision Offered:

Weekly individual and group

Number of Interns Accepted:

Two 2nd year interns

Licensure of Supervisor:

MFT, MSW and LCSW

Period of Internship:

Fall through Spring

Mandatory Time Commitment:

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 for group supervision

Training Coordinator:

Diana Wright-Aveson, LMFT

diana.wright@sfdph.org

(415) 575-6305

Jail Behavioral Health Services

650 5th St #309
San Francisco, CA 94107
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OMI Family Center

OMI Family Center

**Applications are no longer being accepted as selections for 2022-2023 academic year have been made**

Description of Services:

Individual psychotherapy with adults and children.
Psychotropic medication management with adults and children.
Case management and collateral support for adults and children.     

Responsibilities of Interns:

Interns will be responsible for providing direct individual psychotherapy services for their assigned adult and child cases including completing session notes and other documentation pertaining to that case (including annual reassessments and treatment plans) on a timely manner. They will also be responsible for completing one initial intake per week, presenting that intake at staff meeting and completing all initial intake documentation. Interns rarely engage in offsite/fieldwork experience; however, if asked to do so (i.e. IEP meetings) they will have to coordinate with their supervisor. 

Type of Supervision Offered:

Weekly individual

Number of Interns Accepted:

PsyD, MSW

Licensure of Supervisor:

PsyD, LCSW

Period of Internship

Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Juan M. Rodriguez, Psy.D.

juan.rodriguez@sfdph.org

OMI Family Center

1701 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
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South Van Ness Adult Behavioral Health (HIV & Gender)

South Van Ness Adult Behavioral Health (HIV & Gender)

**Applications are no longer being accepted as selections for 2022-2023 academic year have been made**

 

Description of Services:

South Van Ness Adult Behavioral Health Services (SVNABHS) is a specialty outpatient clinic under the San Francisco Department of Public Health. SVNABHS provides services under two programs: HIV and Gender. Our clinic serves people living with HIV and Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Nonbinary people. We offer intake assessments, weekly individual psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis intervention, support groups, and psychiatric medication assessment and management. For therapy clients in the Gender Program, we also provide pre-surgical assessments for gender affirming surgeries. Services are provided in English and Spanish. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, services are currently provided through hybrid of in-person at our clinic in the Mission District and telehealth (Zoom and phone). 

Client Population:

We serve San Francisco residents who receive Medi-Cal health insurance or do not have insurance. Specifically, we specialize in working with people living with HIV and also with people who are Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Nonbinary. Within these two communities, we serve many clients who are People of Color, monolingual Spanish speakers, immigrants, experiencing housing insecurity, low income, and people who have fallen out of care. Many clients present with histories of trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, complex health issues, grief and loss, and social isolation. 

Responsibilities of Interns:

Our internship program is 20-24 hours per week, Wednesday through Friday depending on student’s class schedule and program requirements. Interns will complete orientation process, didactic trainings, weekly individual supervision, group supervision and attend staff meetings. Interns will be assigned 5-8 clients that they will provide individual psychotherapy and clinical case management services to, and complete required clinical documentation. Interns will also complete intake assessments with new clients twice monthly and complete intake documentation. Interns may have the option of co-facilitating a support group alongside a seasoned clinician, and have the chance to plan support group topics, facilitate groups, complete documentation, etc. Interns may also support clients in crisis, working with seasoned clinicians to utilize assessment tools, create safety plans, and coordinate with outside crisis services as needed. Due to COVID-19, interns may work a hybrid schedule of both on-site and telecommuting. During any intern shift, clinical supervisors Zachary Davenport LMFT and Lily Singh LCSW will be the first point of contact for support and emergencies, then Program Director Melissa Friedman LMFT, then the Duty Officer of the day (all licensed clinicians). Interns may also have the opportunity to create or assist with special projects, as determined by intern’s interests and skills and program need. 

Type of Supervision Offered:

Weekly individual and group

Number of Interns Accepted:

One to two 2nd year MSW students, one to two 2nd year MFT students

Licensure of Supervisor:

LCSW, LMFT

Period of Internship

Fall through Spring

Desired Qualifications:

We are seeking individuals with a passion for community mental health, and with experience in providing therapy/counseling and case management services. As we are a specialty program, we seek to connect with interns who have experience or are eager to learn about working with people living with HIV and Transgender/Gender Nonconforming/Nonbinary people. We strive to engage staff and interns who reflect the populations we serve. As such, students who identify as queer or transgender, bicultural/bilingual Spanish speakers, and People of Color, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

If you are interested in applying, please first check with your school regarding rules of contacting perspective internship sites. With your school's consent, you can send a cover letter and resume to Zachary Davenport and Lily Singh by 5 PM on February 25, 2022.

We will be scheduling interviews in March, 2022. Our internship program will accept 1-2 second year MFTs and 1-2 second year MSWs for the 2022-2023 school year.

Training Coordinators:

Lily Singh, LCSW            Zachary Davenport, LMFT

lily.singh@sfdph.org        zachary.davenport@sfdph.org

(415) 642-4510               (628) 256-8051

Resources:

Download our internship flier here

Download our program description here

So Van Ness Adult Behavioral Health (HIV & Gender)

755 So Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
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South of Market Mental Health

South of Market Mental Health

Description of Services:

South of Market Mental Health Center (SOMMHC) is a specialty clinic that offers outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill adult residents of San Francisco. The outpatient team consists of a multidisciplinary staff of psychiatrists, pharmacists, behavioral health clinicians, nurses, health and support workers that offer an array of treatment modalities and interventions that promote wellness and recovery through community stabilization. Essential services include daily intake evaluations, crisis interventions, case management, psychiatric medication management, individual and group psychotherapy and linkages to primary care. Most of the clients reside in the South of Market, Tenderloin and Western Addition neighborhoods. Bilingual services in Tagalog and Spanish are available. LGBTQ identified/sensitive staff are available.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Interns will manage a caseload of individual psychotherapy clients, provide as-needed case management services and support in conducting intake interview assessments of new clients.

Type of Supervision Offered:

  • Weekly individual

Number of Interns Accepted:

  • One 2nd year MSW

Licensure of Supervisor:

  • LCSW

Period of Internship:

  • Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Natalie Henry-Berry, LCSW

natalie.henry-berry@sfdph.org

Ryan Fuimaono, LCSW

ryan.fuimaono@sfdph.org 

South of Market Mental Health Center

760 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Southeast Child Family Therapy Center (SECFTC)

Southeast Child Family Therapy Center (SECFTC)

Southeast Child Family Therapy Center (SECFTC) provides accessible and culturally relevant outpatient behavioral health services to children, youth, and families primarily from district 10 or the Southeast Region of the city.

The Kuumba Health Project (KHP) which is a component of SFCTC provides African centered behavioral health services to children & families of Black/African dissent. KHP is embedded in the San Francisco Unified School District where trauma informed academic and clinical services are provided on-site. KHP also collaborates with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) in providing culturally relevant psycho-educational services.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Students usually carry 3-4 clinical cases (depending on level and ability) for therapy. This will include individual therapy hours, collateral sessions with parents and teachers, case management, and family therapy if appropriate.

Students must complete required clinical documentation in a timely manner. This includes intake assessments, treatment plans, and progress notes. Interns will have the benefit of working with seasons clinicians to utilize assessment tools and create safety plans.

Interns will be required to co-facilitate at least one clinical or therapeutic activity per academic year. This will include planning and developing group topics, and curriculum. Interns are expected to complete documentation for groups. In addition, interns may also support clients in crisis, and coordinate with outside agencies as needed. Interns are required to participate in weekly staff meetings and trainings, as indicated.

Interns will complete the intern orientation process and participate in weekly individual supervision. Group supervision at SECFTC (TBD).

Due to COVID-19, interns may work a hybrid schedule of both on-site and telecommuting.

Qualifications:

Students of African descent with direct experience working with youth of African descent, bilingual and BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those that speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Samoan and/or Spanish.

Period of Internship:

Fall through Spring

Number of Interns Accepted:

Two with a preference for 2nd year MSW & Psychology Practicum interns. The agency will consider 1st year MSW students depending on their experience.

Hours Required:

Our internship program is 20-24 hours per week

Type of Supervision Offered:

Weekly individual

Group supervision may be offered depending on the number of students placed

 

Training Coordinator:

Toni Jung, PhD

toni.jung@sfdph.org

 

Kuumba Coordinator:

Omolade Rosalyn Roddy, LCSW

rosalyn.roddy@sfdph.org

 

Spanish Language Supervisor:

Marion Wise, LCSW

marion.wise@sfdph.org

 

Clinic Director:

George Calvin, LCSW

george.calvin@sfdph.org

Southeast Child Family Therapy Center

Silver Site
1525 Silver Avenue, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94134
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Front Desk: 415-657-1770

Southeast Child Family Therapy Center

Blanken Site
100 Blanken Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134
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Special Programs for Youth (SPY)

Special Programs for Youth (SPY)

Description of Services:

Special Programs for Youth is the clinic inside San Francisco Juvenile Hall that provides medical and behavioral health services to youth in custody at Juvenile Hall and Log Cabin Ranch. It is part of the Community Behavioral Health Services division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The Behavioral Health division addresses all the in-house behavioral health needs of youth detained at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) Care in accordance with California Standards Authority for juvenile detainees.

The behavioral health team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and masters and doctorate level trainees. On-site behavioral health support is available 12 hours-day, seven days-a-week. The SPY Behavioral Health pager is carried 24-hrs a day, by Behavioral Health staff during the day and by nursing staff overnight, for response to urgent BH needs of detained youth. An on-call psychiatrist is always available to JJC after hours and on holidays.

Individual and Group Therapy

The Behavioral Health Team at SPY is involved in addressing the acute, and here-and-now emotional and behavioral health needs of the youth. Also, even in absence of a mental health condition, many youth experience the juvenile hall detainment and the court process as stressful, and the behavioral health clinicians work with these youth individually to help them in coping with their day-to-day stressors. The therapy services provided at juvenile hall address mental health symptoms or adjustment difficulties that the youth are experiencing while at the juvenile hall. Supportive therapy interventions and cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions are the most used modalities. Insight-oriented psychotherapy is also utilized, as indicated.

Group Therapy is provided on some units utilizing evidence-based curriculums such as Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Seeking Safety, and Girl’s Circle.

Assessment

At each admission to JJC, youth meet with Behavioral Health staff for an assessment interview to review mental health symptoms, psychosocial status, adjustment to juvenile hall, and identify current needs.

Crisis Intervention and Monitoring of High Acuity Youth

Behavioral Health staff provides crisis intervention and stabilization for all youth in detention. This includes daily monitoring of all youth who have been placed on extended room confinement by Juvenile Hall and high acuity youth.

Suicide Prevention

Behavioral Health staff provide evaluation and develop a suicide prevention plan for all youth who are demonstrating self-injurious behaviors and/or are at high-risk for self-harm.

Coordination

SPY Behavioral Health is in ongoing communication with the Juvenile Probation Department and the JJC staff toward the aim of providing for the youths’ needs while they are detained. BH attends a daily morning meeting with JJC staff and weekly multidisciplinary meetings with Juvenile Probation. Caring for youth also frequently involves communication with the Human Services Agency, SFUSD, juvenile public defenders, CBHS community contractors, and group homes in the delivery of behavioral health services to youth in detention and planning for release.

The behavioral health team works closely with SF AIIM Higher for youth with moderate-to profound behavioral health needs to ensure needed linkages to community based programs, therapists, and psychiatrists, to plan for services upon release.

Responsibilities of Interns:

An intern would be based at the Juvenile Justice Center in SF but would have the opportunity to observe services provided through SPY at Log Cabin Ranch, a Juvenile Correction Center located in La Honda, CA.

  • Provide individual therapy and case management to approximately 4-6 clients
  • Provide support to parents and caregivers. Family therapy sessions if and when appropriate
  • Collaborate with the psychiatrist and medical providers to coordinate care
  • Co-facilitate 1-2 groups over the school year
  • Observe and complete Behavioral Health Assessments for youth upon admission to JJC
  • Observe and participate in a variety of multi-disciplinary meetings within SPY, the San  Francisco Unified School Department, and the Juvenile Probation Department.

Type of Supervision Offered:

  • Weekly individual

Number of Interns Accepted:

  • 2nd year MSW students and MFT Interns

Licensure of Supervisor:

  • MFT

Period of Internship

  • Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Mona Tahsini, MFT

mona.tahsini@sfdph.org

(415) 753-7818

Special Programs for Youth

375 Woodside Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127
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Sunset Mental Health

Sunset Mental Health

Description of Services:

Specialty mental health clinic, comprehensive clinic, Provide psychiatric assessment, evaluation, medication services, individual therapy/rehabilitation, clinical case management services, collateral services to children (age 6 and up), youth, adults and older adults with serious mental illnesses. We have integrated health home, wellness recovery program

Responsibilities of Interns:

Interns will provide assessment, clinical case management services, individual counseling and therapy, wellness groups and activities.

Type of Supervision Offered:

Individual

Number of Interns Accepted:

One 2nd year student trainee

Desired Qualifications:

Cantonese speaking

Licensure of Supervisor:

LCSW

Period of Internship

  • Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Ying Zhang-Chiu, LMFT

ying.zhang-chiu@sfdph.org

Ryan Fuimaono, LCSW

ryan.fuimaono@sfdph.org

Sunset Mental Health Services

1990 41st Ave
San Francisco, CA 94116
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Sunset Mental Health Team II

1351 24th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
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Transitional Age Youth Clinic

Transitional Age Youth Clinic

Description of Services:

The TAY clinic has three outpatient programs that serve youth 17-25 years old. The TAY clinic provides intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient services and linkage behavioral health services.  The clinic will be expanding in 2022 to include a Black/African-American Focus Program and a Mobile Outreach Team.

Responsibilities of Interns:

Therapy, case management, outreach, crisis evaluation

Type of Supervision Offered:

  • Weekly individual and group

Number of Interns Accepted:

  • One 2nd year MSW student

Licensure of Supervisor:

  • LCSW, MFT, LPCC

Period of Internship

  • Fall through Spring

Training Coordinator:

Maureen Edwards, LCSW

maureen.edwards@sfdph.org  

Transitional Age Youth Clinic

755 So Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Community Partner Agencies

Alliance Health Project (UCSF)

Alliance Health Project (UCSF)

Clinical Traineeship Program | UCSF Alliance Health Project

For more than 20 years, AHP has offered a yearlong clinical traineeship for graduate students pursuing counseling careers. The program builds skills in clinical assessment and brief psychotherapy to people living with or at risk for acquiring HIV, as well as members of the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

AHP offers clinical trainees opportunities to learn and practice mental health assessment and psychotherapeutic skills with a special emphasis on treating HIV-impacted and LGBTQ-identified clients. AHP trainees learn about the psychosocial impacts of both living with HIV and AIDS and being a member of the LGBTQ community.

The program accepts trainees from a variety of schools and disciplines. This diversity of experience stimulates peer learning throughout the year.

Emphases and Learning Objectives
AHP is committed to providing a coherent, multifaceted training experience that ensures students develop clinical competencies within a framework that emphasizes:

  • Teaching the evidence-based approach of Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (Hanna Levenson)
  • Supporting appreciation for the range of psychotherapeutic perspectives
  • Recognizing the importance of culture in psychotherapeutic work
  • Advancing racial and ethnic diversity in the mental health field

Students who participate in the program will:

  • Develop a solid understanding of the unique psychosocial needs of the LGBTQ community and individuals
  • Obtain comprehensive knowledge of the psychosocial impacts of HIV
  • Learn risk prevention and reduction skills
  • Develop assessment skills that inform treatment planning consistent with requirements of Medi-Cal and other publicly funded contracts
  • Recognize the importance of flexibility in treatment approaches, especially approaches used in community mental health care settings that emphasize ongoing care management for clients with chronic disorders

Many AHP clients will have HIV or AIDS and suffer from a variety of mental health and substance abuse concerns. The vast majority of our clients are low income and are either uninsured or rely on Medi-Cal or other publicly funded forms of health care. Although a portion of our LGBTQ clients are not living with HIV, many of these clients often struggle with issues similar to those faced by our HIV clients: poverty, chronic health concerns, isolation, identity, stigma, depression, and substance abuse.

Program Commitment and Requirements
The traineeship requires a weekly commitment of 20 to 22 hours and runs 11 months from mid-August to the middle of the following July. This is a rich and demanding internship, and we strongly prefer applicants who have had some direct clinical experience, for example, conducting individual or group psychotherapy, handling intakes, undertaking case management, or performing crisis intervention. We also prefer applicants who have knowledge and experience with issues affecting the HIV or LGBTQ communities. Individuals who have completed their graduate degrees and are seeking supervised experience toward licensure may apply.

Trainees are required to attend two hours per week of group supervision and one hour per week of individual supervision from an AHP licensed mental health professional. If possible, AHP will match trainees with supervisors by discipline, according to trainees’ school requirements, and/or by trainee preference.

Components of the Clinical Traineeship
Orientation. Over the course of three weeks in August, trainees attend a series of six hour-long orientation workshops covering key issues:

  • Agency overview
  • HIV and LGBTQ-related psychosocial issues
  • Paperwork and documentation requirements
  • The role of culture in our work
  • Introduction to Brief Dynamic Therapy
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Accessing Substance Abuse & Case Management
  • Assessing Safety & Risk Factors
  • Getting to know your cohort

Client Caseload. In September, trainees receive therapy clients assignments, begin conducting intakes, and meet with their individual supervisors. Most trainees will carry a caseload of six to eight clients and some will have the opportunity to co-facilitate a group.

Group Supervision. Each trainee is expected to use group supervision to examine his or her work with clients, including counter-transferential reactions, and will get feedback on their case presentations (and give feedback to their peers). Trainees will present cases, describing how they have used the Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy model. Trainees may also incorporate other working models into their case presentations.

Didactics. AHP organizes weekly didactic sessions on a variety of relevant clinical topics. The didactics are taught by a cadre of mental health professionals, including UCSF faculty psychiatrists, psychologists, LCSWs, and MFTs, many of whom are members of the LGBTQ community. In addition, included in the didactics professional development issues are addressed. Examples of topic presented in didactics are:

  • Therapist use of self-disclosure in a LGBTQ mental health center
  • Cultural identity and impact of similarities and differences on the clinical relationship
  • Working with Transgender and Gender Variant Clients
  • Overview of HIV Medical Issues
  • Overview of LGBT Health Disparities
  • Working with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Introduction to Time Limited Dynamic Therapy

Case Presentations. During the second half of the year, trainees present a completed case for group discussion. This case, which focuses on a completed course of therapy with a client, provides an opportunity for trainees to lead a group discussion about the utility—its strengths and limitations—of the model they used.

Application Procedure
To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. The cover letter should include why you are interested in working at AHP and with members of the LGBTQ or HIV-impacted communities, and any prior direct experience within these communities.

Applications sent after these dates will be considered only if trainee positions remain available after on-time applications are processed. Since AHP typically receives many more applications than available positions, all applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the postmark deadline dates.

Mailing Address
Please send application packages to:
Michelanne Baker, PsyD
UCSF Alliance Health Project
1930 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Citywide Case Management (UCSF)

Citywide Case Management (UCSF)

Please visit: Internship Program - Citywide - Community Focus (google.com) for program specific information. 

Child and Adolescent Services (UCSF / SFGH)

Child and Adolescent Services (UCSF / SFGH)

Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Edgewood supports youth and their families through life's challenges with a full continuum of behavioral health services. Our work focuses on issues such as mental health family relationships and life skills. Our programs range from prevention and early intervention to community-based, day and residential treatment.

Edgewood Center has two Practicum Opportunities available in the fall of 2022.

Non-Public School

Edgewood’s Non-Public School provides specialized academic instruction with intensive behavioral and therapeutic support to students who struggle in public school settings due to emotional or behavioral challenges. Our team of clinicians, teachers, and instructional specialists use a strength-based approach to foster the emotional, social, and academic well-being needed for students to return to less restrictive school placements. Our Non-Public School serves children and youth aged 6 to 18 from 8 school districts through San Francisco and the Peninsula. Our curriculum is based on Common Core state standards and civic engagement that prepares our students for college and life.

Kinship Support Network

The Kinship Support Network (KSN) provides support services for relatives who are raising a relatives' children (i.e. grandparents raising grandchildren). KSN provides a range of support services to help ensure that youth who are not able to live with their parents can stay with family and in their community as opposed to going into the traditional foster care system. The goal of the program is to support kinship families in developing and maintaining a healthy home environment and help them strengthen their self-sufficiency and self-efficacy skills through therapeutic supports and educational workshops.

Learning Resources and Benefits

  • One hour of clinical supervision with licensed professional per week
  • Two hours of group supervision with other agency clinicians and licensed clinical supervisor
  • Access to various live trainings offered by county and community partners or through Edgewood
  • Access to on-line trainings through Edgewood training platform on Litmos
  • Connections with the county agencies serving youth and families such as Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Children and Family Services, Juvenile Probation, and School-Based services.
  • Opportunities for continued paid professional development after completion traineeship
  • Experience working in an organization focused on healing from stress and trauma

Core Competencies

  • Provide mental health counseling and engage in a range of professional clinical counseling techniques.
  • Ability to facilitate a safe and welcoming environment for current and new clients.
  • Maintain a calm and professional response to crisis, including the use of mediation and de-escalation techniques.
  • Integrates appropriate intervention strategies into clinical work with a trauma-informed and/or co-occurring focus.
  • Engage with clients within a cultural competency and disability framework and social justice orientation.

Essential Functions

  • Provide direct counseling or group therapy on an as-needed basis to clients weekly.
  • Provide therapeutic services which may include brief individual therapy, crisis intervention and safety planning, comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, treatment planning, and care coordination.
  • Executes a treatment plan that is strengths-based, with observable and measurable goals, utilizing promising and evidence-based practices.

Requirements

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and three letters of recommendation. To view our practicums in greater detail, go to our Careers page and scroll down to our listing of practicum opportunities. Please apply directly at the bottom of the practicum posting.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about these exciting opportunities, please contact Tim Schulte, Recruiter, at tims@edgewood.org.

Hyde Street Community Services

Hyde Street Community Services

Hyde Street Community Services (hydestreetcs.org)

Contact:

Hana Tylova-Stein, LCSW

Director of Training

Hyde Street Community Services

Tenderloin Outpatient Clinic

815 Hyde Street, Suite 100

San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone: 415-673-5700

Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS)

Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS)

San Francisco AIDS Foundation / Stonewall Project

San Francisco AIDS Foundation / Stonewall Project

Trauma Recovery Center (UCSF)

Trauma Recovery Center (UCSF)

Trauma Recovery Center

2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94110
View location on google maps

Community partner agencies are not subject to the same MOU rules as BHS placements. Please contact these programs directly to learn about each site's unique recruitment process.

Memorandum of Understanding

To be accepted into a BHS placement site, your academic institution must have a current MOU with the SF Department of Public Health. Check the link below to see if your school has a current MOU and if not, please send an email inquiry to ryan.fuimaono@sfdph.org for guidance around how to set one up.