One of The Maple Counseling Center’s primary functions is to provide training to the next generation of mental health professionals. TMCC offers a comprehensive training program for counselors working toward their LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, or PhD/PsyD license in the state of California.
The foundation of the Center’s treatment philosophy is depth-oriented work, which includes brief and longer-term approaches with the aim to address and improve a client’s current life functioning. All trainees, associates, and interns are trained in a variety of contemporary and psychodynamic modalities of treatment. They also receive a diverse client and clinical experience with extensive supervision and training. Offsite experiences are also available at partnering community-based agencies.
Requirements // Training Program // Theoretical Orientation // Supervision // Qualifications and Application
MSW and MFT associate and trainee applications are accepted yearly from January through March, including applications for limited openings in June, and doctoral application deadlines are in early December. Prospective associates and trainees 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.
The Center requires a one-year minimum commitment to the program. In addition, participation in individual and group supervision is provided with ongoing core curriculum training.
Our training programs begin twice annually, in September or June, and finish at the end of August. Our MSW and MFT training programs are 18 to 20 hours per week while the Doctoral Training Program is full or half time. All associates, trainees, and doctoral interns are required to see clients one evening per week and to commit hours on Friday and/or Saturday.
MFT and MSW associates and trainees are also required to pay a monthly $75.00 administrative fee.
The training program is designed to evaluate and enhance competency levels in clinical knowledge, skills, and judgment. The Maple Counseling Center has three major tracks: The Adult Program, The Child & Family Program, and the Doctoral Training Program, which develops the clinical and professional skills of doctoral students in preparation for licensure and the demands of the psychology profession. Counselors receive weekly group and individual supervision by highly qualified clinical staff as well as opportunities to further refine existing ideas and skills. Structurally, the training programs are designed to provide a comprehensive, organized sequence of training and direct clinical experience. Offsite experiences are also available at partnering community-based agencies.
The core program consists of:
- Psychotherapy for Individuals and Families
- Individual and Group Supervision
- Weekly Educational Seminars
- Psychiatric Medication Evaluation Training
- Professional Development Seminars
Additional opportunities include:
- Group, Family, and Couples Therapy
- Psychoananalytical Case Conferences
- Intake Assessment Training
- Formalized Diagnostic Assessment and Report Writing Training
- Peer Mentorship
Associates and trainees are also required to attend weekly training seminars on Wednesdays. These seminars are designed to educate associates and trainees about theoretical and practical information relevant to various areas of intervention. Seminars are also opportunities for associates and trainees to discuss topics of interest for their professional development. Examples of topics include basics of psychodynamic therapy, crisis intervention, transference and countertransference, interpretation in psychotherapy, legal and ethical issues, self-disclosure, the mental status examination, short-term therapy, couples and family therapy, trauma, cultural diversity, and cultural competence training.
The theoretical orientation of TMCC encompasses contemporary psychodynamic therapy, including psychoanalysis, object relations, self-psychology, intersubjectivity, existentialism, family systems, and crisis intervention. The Center’s educative program includes the core of psychodynamic theory and technique that has evolved over the years and a wide range of psychodynamic models guide the clinical practice at the Center. The Center focuses on in-depth therapy available on a long-term basis. Counselors are taught and encouraged to think of alternative approaches to formulating treatment plans and interventions for each case.
Trainees and associates participate weekly in one hour of offsite individual supervision, two hours of group supervision, and additional supervision if seeing couples, families, children, or groups. Each supervisee leads case conferences and presents videotaped sessions and process recordings. Growth occurs in the context of close effective supervision coupled with the freedom to experiment and develop independence and competence. TMCC supports an 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
Over two dozen licensed clinicians and highly dedicated administrative personnel comprise the staff of The Maple Counseling Center. 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 the field and takes pride in providing accessible, individualized supervision and training. They are known for their accessibility and care. Supervisors also have a great deal of clinical experience from their own private practices and training as supervisors.
All 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 MA and are applying
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.
For all 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 “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 pre-doctoral training programs at TMCC.
Applications and attachments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.