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, LCSW, LPCC 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 interns are trained in a variety of contemporary and psychodynamic modalities of treatment. They also receive diverse client and clinical experiences with extensive supervision and training. Offsite experiences are also available in schools and at partnering community-based agencies.
Requirements // Training Program // Theoretical Orientation // Supervision // Qualifications and Application
Internships at TMCC require a one-year minimum commitment. Our MSW and MFT training programs are 18 to 20 hours per week. The Doctoral Training Program is full or half time.
MFT Trainee applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program, in good standing. AMFT and ACSW Associates must be registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Predoctoral psychology students are eligible for application after completion of a one-year practicum experience, and enrolled in an accredited program.
We begin a large training cohort every August, and most years begin small cohorts in January and June. MFT and MSW Associate and Trainee applications are accepted between January and March for the June and August cohorts. Applications for the January cohort are accepted in the fall. All completed applications are reviewed and candidates may then be invited to interview. The Doctoral Training Program develops the clinical and professional skills of doctoral students in preparation for licensure and the demands of the psychology profession. Application for Pre- and Post-Doctoral internships are accepted through CAPIC and the deadlines are in early December.
Interns are required to provide 10 – 15 clinical hours per week (depending on degree status). Interns attend a two-hour group supervision and one hour of individual or triadic supervision each week. Weekly clinical trainings are mandatory. First year interns in the Adult Program receive training in assessment and diagnosis, and conduct all adult client intakes.
All interns are required to see clients a minimum of one evening per week and to commit hours on Friday and/or Saturday.
MFT and MSW Associates and Trainees are required to pay a monthly $75.00 administrative fee.
Prospective associates and trainees may contact (310) 271-9999 x1700 to be connected to the voicemail extension that provides the appropriate information.
The training program is designed to evaluate and enhance competency levels in clinical knowledge, skills, and judgment. The Maple Counseling Center has three primary programs: the Adult Program, the Adolescent & Child Therapy (ACT) Program, and the Child & Family Therapy Program.
Interns 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, Children and Families
- Individual and Group Supervision
- Weekly Educational Seminars
- Intake Assessment Training
Additional opportunities include:
- Group Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Formalized Diagnostic Assessment and Report Writing Training
Educational seminars are designed to educate interns about theoretical and practical information relevant to various areas of intervention. Seminars are also opportunities for interns 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 insight-oriented models guide the clinical practice at the Center. The Center offers 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.
Interns participate weekly in one hour of offsite individual supervision, two hours of group supervision, and additional supervision if seeing couples or conducting 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 Therapy. 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 MFT and Social Work student applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program. Associates must be registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. 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 Masters.
Applications and attachments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Post-doctoral Psychology applications are generally accepted from students who have completed pre-doctoral training programs at TMCC.
Applications must be complete for a candidate to move forward in the process. An interview with a TMCC staff member is the second step for selected applicants. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection in accordance with the standard practices of “offers and acceptance.”