About the Intern Programs
The mission of the Psychology, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Intern Programs is to provide interns with a quality training experience that will prepare them to become competent, effective, and ethical clinicians. DBH values diversity in its clients and interns and is committed to providing an educational experience that promotes respect, caring, compassion, and understanding.
Who Should Apply
DBH accepts applications from students in Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW), Master’s in Social Work (MSW), and graduate students in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Programs. DBH field placements are also known as internships, traineeships, and practicums. Students who are interested in policy and administrative placements are also encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
View each internship program’s webpage for details on how to apply.
Interns are placed in clinics and programs throughout the County that participate in student training. The clinics serve children, adolescents, adults, and their families. Internship Supervisors try to place students in clinics that meet both their interests as well as their educational needs.
Placements for interns correspond with university learning objectives for the level of the student. Interns are placed in locations that allow them to fulfill the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and the American Psychological Association (APA) requirements.
What to Expect
Typical clinical activities in which a student will participate may include mental health screenings, psychological assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual, group, or family therapy, case management and crisis interventions. Students become proficient in completing clinical chart documentation. Student caseloads are kept small to allow students to focus on developing their clinical skills.
Students are provided with group and individual supervision with licensed, experienced clinical staff to meet the supervision requirement of their discipline.
DBH provides excellent trainings in support of the student learning experience. Trainings on psychological assessment, diagnosis, legal, ethical cultural issues, and chart documentation are offered early in placement. Students are able to attend other sponsored trainings to enrich their learning experience.
Hours and Schedules
Graduate level students in the MSW or the Criminal Justice/MSW (CJ/MSW) Dual Degree Program are expected to complete 16-24 hours a week, for 7 months to one (1) year. Typically, students are in placement two (2) full days a week. The BSW, MSW, and CJ/MSW internship is September to May. MFT interns are placed 20 hours a week for one (1) full year from July 1 to June 30. Students are in placement 2.5 days a week. The extended MFT internship (18 months) runs January to June. Psychology interns are placed full-time for one (1) year from July 1 to June 30.
Psychology internships are paid positions. There are paid and unpaid BSW, MSW, and MFT intern positions.