Adolescent Counseling Services offers a sophisticated internship and training program for Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees and Interns earning supervised hours toward licensure.


DESCRIPTION OF PLACEMENT: Adolescent Counseling Services’ On Campus Counseling Program provides free counseling services to students and their families at 8 secondary schools (middle and high schools) in culturally diverse communities in the Mid-Peninsula area. The majority of the students seen in our program need counseling services because of the difficult transitions and choices they face as adolescents. They are often dealing with issues such as academic stress, school attendance and discipline, peer relationships, communicating with parents, grief and loss, anger management, symptoms of anxiety and depression, suicide, eating disorders, sexuality and gender identity, drug and alcohol use and self-esteem. Many are also struggling with family situations that involve divorce, parental substance abuse or chronic illness of a family member. Interns and trainees are placed at one school site for the entire school year and they provide ongoing individual, group and family counseling services to students and family members.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ideally, applicants will have prior experience working with children and/or adolescents, either in a paid position or as volunteer experience. At least one year of related clinical experience and/or experience working in a school setting would be especially helpful. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

TRAINING AND SUPERVISION: ACS follows all BBS regulations in regards to clinical supervision. Interns and trainees receive a minimum of 1 hour of individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision on a weekly basis – and additional supervision as their client caseload requires. ACS also offers a weekly Training Program on a range of clinical topics that runs throughout the school year. Site Supervisors are Licensed Psychologists (PhD & PsyD), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) or Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), and are experienced in providing clinical supervision as well as with working with adolescents and their families.

STIPENDS: We are able to offer a stipend to those interns or trainees who are bilingual in one of several different languages including Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese. Candidates’ fluency and familiarity with the language must be proficient enough to conduct counseling sessions entirely in the other language, if necessary.

TIME COMMITMENT: Mid-August through mid-June; 18-20 hours per week as follows:

8:00am to 3:30pm, two days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday) AND 8:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesdays, for Clinical Training and Group Supervision

SCHOOL SITES: Jordan, J.L. Stanford and Terman Middle Schools (Grades 6-8), Gunn, Palo Alto and Woodside High School, Redwood Continuation High School, and La Entrada Middle School (Grades 4-8).

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants are asked to complete brief online application, and upload a resume and cover letter.  Please apply using the button below.
Selected applicants will be invited to an in person interview.  



Applications are accepted through March 2017

January 2016 – April 2016– Qualified applicants will be interviewed

Applicants will be informed of their status within one week of their interview

Mid- August 2017 – Internship begins

Mid – June 2018 – Internship ends

For further information, please contact Christine Tam at or (650) 424-0852 x 102