Internships at The Maple Counseling Center

One of the primary missions of the Center is the training of pre- and postdoctoral Psychology, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Social Work interns. All are trained in brief and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. The program offers a diverse client and clinical experience. There is intensive and extensive supervision and training to prepare interns for their profession. Internships are available for Social Work (MSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), and pre- and postdoctoral interns.

Requirements

For MFT or MSW trainees and interns: All application forms, a letter stating your personal goals and professional aspirations, and your current curriculum vitae, must be submitted electronically in pdf format to internprogram@tmcc.org. In the subject line indicate your name (last name followed by first name)/Intern Program 2017. These documents will not be accepted if mailed by US postal service.

Letters of recommendation, and a letter from your graduate school indicating that you are currently enrolled and in ‘good standing,’ or your graduate school transcript (if you have completed your MA) should also be e-mailed in pdf format with an electronic signature to internprogram@tmcc.org.

All documents submitted by you or on your behalf should include the following in the  subject line; your name (last name followed by first name)/Intern Program 2017.

Please note that it is your responsibility to notify those individuals and schools who are submitting materials on your behalf of the process to submit information.

For Predoctoral Interns: Applications are accepted, beginning usually in late February, through CAPIC at www.capic.net.  All application content, deadlines, and acceptance dates are set by CAPIC.

For Postdoctoral Interns: Please contact the front desk at x200 and ask for the Doctoral Program Director to inquire about openings.  Postdoctoral Interns are registered as Psychological Assistants and applications are accepted throughout the year as openings are available.

There is a minimum requirement of a one-year commitment to all internship programs. 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. 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 August and June, and finish at the end of August. MSW and MFT internships are 18 to 20 hours per week. All interns are required to see clients one evening per week and will be assigned by lottery to work either Friday 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.

Training Program

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
  • Psychodiagnostic 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 Child, Adolescent, and Family Training Program s offer 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.

Theoretical Orientation

The theoretical orientation of TMCC encompasses contemporary psychodynamic, existential, relational 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.

Supervision

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. The clinical staff keeps abreast of the latest developments in their fields and strive 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.

Qualifications and Application

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 www.capic.net, and the deadline is generally late February.

MFT and MSW intern applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program and applications must include:

  • A letter stating current goals and professional aspirations and a curriculum vitae, submitted electronically in pdf format to internprogram@tmcc.org (note that US postal service mailed applications will not be accepted).
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic or clinical background, e-mailed in pdf format with an electronic signature sent to internprogram@tmcc.org.
  • 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 MA) and are applying for an internship, e-mailed in pdf format with an electronic signature sent to internprogram@tmcc.org.

All documents submitted by you or on your behalf should include the following in the  subject line: your name (last name followed by first name)/Intern Program 2017.

Please note that it is your responsibility to notify those individuals and schools who are submitting materials on your behalf of our process to submit information.

If there are any challenges related to submitting the required information, please e-mail the address above or leave a message at the following phone number and extension (310) 271-9999 x1700, and your inquiry with be responded to promptly.

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.

MFT and MSW applicants: Download Application (pdf) 

Predoctoral Psychology applicants apply through: www.capic.net (the deadline is generally late February)