Requirements // Training Program // Theoretical Orientation // Supervision // Qualifications and Application
There is a minimum requirement of a one-year commitment to the program. In addition, participation in individual and group supervision is provided with ongoing core curriculum training.
MSW and MFT trainee and intern applications are accepted yearly from January through March, including applications for limited openings in June, and doctoral application deadlines are in early December. Prospective interns may contact (310) 271-9999 x1700 to be connected to the voicemail extension that provides the appropriate information. All applications are reviewed and students are then invited to be interviewed.
Internships begin twice annually, in September or June, and finish at the end of August. MSW and MFT internships are 18 to 20 hours per week; predoctoral internships are full or half time. All interns are required to see clients one evening per week and to commit hours on Friday and/or Saturday.
MFT Trainees, Interns, and MSW Graduates are required to pay a monthly $75.00 administrative fee.
**Limited street parking is available on surrounding streets. In addition, parking is available in adjacent parking facilities for a daily fee.
The training program is designed to evaluate and enhance competency levels in clinical knowledge, skills, and judgment. Interns receive weekly supervision by highly qualified clinical staff, as well as opportunities to further refine existing ideas and skills. Structurally, the internships are designed to provide a comprehensive, organized sequence of training and direct clinical experience. Interns who are interested in working with children and adolescents will have the opportunity to work in the local school district. Interns are required to master the administrative aspects of the Center.
The core program consists of:
- Individual and Group Supervision
- Counseling Individuals
- Counseling Couples and Families
- Co-facilitating Group Psychotherapy
- Crisis Intervention and Hotline Rotation
- Weekly Educational Seminars
- Diagnostic Assessment Training
The Center offers seminars and training in theory, techniques, and applied interventions, including:
- Psychotropic Medication
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Object Relations and Self Psychology
- Family and Couple Therapy
- Group Psychotherapy
- Ethical and Legal Issues
Interns are required to attend weekly training seminars on Mondays. These seminars are designed to educate interns about theoretical and practical information relevant to various areas of intervention. Seminars are also an opportunity for interns to discuss topics of interest for their professional development. Examples of topics include: basics of psychodynamic therapy, crisis intervention, transference and counter transference, interpretation in psychotherapy, legal and ethical issues, multicultural issues, self-disclosure, the mental status examination, short-term therapy, couples and family therapy, and the memory in therapy. The Family, Adolescent, and Child Training Program offers a weekly, ten-month training on theoretical and clinical applications when working with children and adolescents. These seminars and workshops are open to all interns. The presenters are seasoned professionals from local universities, psychoanalytic institutes, and TMCC staff.
The theoretical orientation of TMCC encompasses contemporary psychodynamic, existential, family systems, and crisis intervention. A wide range of psychodynamic models guide the clinical practice at the Center. The Center’s educative program includes the core of psychodynamic theory and technique that has evolved over the years. Recent developments, which have expanded the theory of object relations, self- and intersubjective psychologies, and crisis intervention, are presented to enlarge the range of clinical techniques. Interns are taught and encouraged to think of alternative approaches to formulating treatment plans and interventions for each case.
Interns will participate in weekly individual and group supervision in a variety of treatment settings. The minimum amount of supervision that the intern receives is based upon licensing requirements. For each modality in which the intern participates, there is required additional training and supervision. Interns present their cases verbally, and are required to videotape selected clients for supervisory purposes. It is understood that growth occurs in the context of close effective supervision, coupled with the intern’s freedom to experiment and develop a sense of independence and competence. The Center supports ongoing exchange between supervisee and supervisor, and is open to examination and modification of clinical programs and procedures to meet changing needs.
The Maple Counseling Center Staff
The Center is a highly respected and sought after training facility for mental health interns. The Center is staffed by licensed professionals and a highly dedicated administrative staff. Supervision and training are presented by the Center’s multidisciplinary staff of licensed professionals from the fields of Psychology, Social Work, and Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. Like those at a fine teaching hospital, the clinical staff keeps abreast of the latest developments in their fields and strives to be excellent instructors. They are known for their accessibility to interns and the individual care they give. Supervisors have a great deal of clinical experience from their own private practices and training as supervisors.
Predoctoral Psychology students are eligible for application after completion of a one-year practicum experience and if enrolled in an accredited program. Applications are accepted through CAPIC.
MFT and MSW intern applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program and applications must include:
- A letter stating current goals and professional aspirations.
- A current curriculum vitae.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic or clinical background.
- A letter that you are in “good standing” if you are still in graduate school or a transcript from graduate school if you have completed your M.A. and are applying for an internship.
For all intern candidates, an interview with a TMCC staff member will be part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection in accordance with the standard practices of “internship offers and acceptance.” The Center adheres to the time, dates, and procedures required by those policies.
**Post-doctoral Psychology applications are generally accepted from students who have completed a pre-doctoral internship at TMCC.