Adolescent Counseling Services offers a variety of clinical training opportunities to a full spectrum of mental health trainees, practicum students and interns. We are a member of the Bay Area Practicum Information collaborative (BAPIC) and are in the process of applying to be a California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC) site. ACS provides professional training to MFT trainees, Social Work trainees, and Doctoral level practicum students, as well as offering opportunities for post-degree staff positions.

Our training program is currently in the process of evolving to be a nationally recognized training program for students interested in developing expertise in working with Adolescents. We provide an organized professional training providing supervised clinical supervision in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient clinics, and intensive outpatient settings. We encourage each student to build culturally and ethically appropriate competence in assessment, treatment planning, psycho-education and treatment of adolescents and their families.

Our training year begins in August of each year and ends in the summer of the following year. Exact dates depend on the program. We provide weekly supervision from a pool of supervisors with extensive experience working with adolescents. We also provide weekly didactic trainings on a variety of topics related to adolescents in general as well as related to your program specific needs.

Our unique knowledge in regards to working with adolescents, LGBTQ+ youth and substance abuse issues make ACS a regionally unique training setting. Students are encouraged to stay at ACS for more than one year to gain experience within another ACS program towards developing extended expertise in working with today’s adolescents.


The following position(s) are open to qualified applicants. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

* Post-Degree Applicants – ACS will occasionally have openings for paid and unpaid post-degree positions.


TRAINEESHIP/INTERNSHIP 2018 – 2019

DESCRIPTION OF PLACEMENT:
Adolescent Counseling Services’ houses four programs including: our On Campus Counseling Program, providing free counseling services to students and their families at schools in culturally diverse communities in the Mid-Peninsula area; our Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program providing intensive outpatient and outpatient services for teens and their families; our Outlet Program, providing support, educational and therapeutic services for LGBTQ+ youth and their families; and finally, our Community Counseling Program, providing therapeutic services for teens and their families. The majority of the clients seen in our programs 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 in one program for the entire year and they provide ongoing individual, group and family counseling services to clients and family members within their program. Trainees/Interns are encouraged to remain at ACS for future years within a different program.

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 program-related setting would be especially helpful. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Bi-lingual Spanish preferred.

TRAINING AND SUPERVISION:
ACS follows all BBS/BOP 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 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 all trainees. Some interns are eligible to be paid via a fee splitting arrangement.

TIME COMMITMENT:
Mid-August through mid-June; 18-20 hours per week. Wednesday mornings are reserved for supervision and training in most programs.

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.  

Apply Here!

TIMELINE FOR 2018 – 2019 SCHOOL YEAR:  

Applications are accepted through March 2018

January 2018 – April 2018– Qualified applicants will be interviewed

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

Mid- August 2018 – Internship begins

Mid – June 2019 – Internship ends

For further information, please contact our Clinical Director, Sarah Burdge, PhD at sarah@acs-teens.org or (650) 424-0852 x 102


BILINGUAL SPANISH-SPEAKING CLINICAL INTERN/COUNSELOR (MFTI/ASW)

DESCRIPTION OF PLACEMENT:

Adolescent Counseling Services’ houses four programs including: our On Campus Counseling Program, providing free counseling services to students and their families at schools in culturally diverse communities in the Mid-Peninsula area; our Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program providing intensive outpatient and outpatient services for teens and their families; our Outlet Program, providing support, educational and therapeutic services for LGBTQ+ youth and their families; and finally, our Community Counseling Program, providing therapeutic services for teens and their families. The majority of the clients seen in our programs 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.

The program offers an opportunity for clinical experience in psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults (age 10 to 25) and their families. This Internship is intended to be the continuation of the academic preparation of graduate students in clinical psychology. Its purpose is to increase the development of clinical assessment, treatment, and consultation skills, while utilizing knowledge of theory and research. In this approach, the preparation of a professional psych includes a continuous integration of theory, research, and practice with each of these sources informing the others. Its purpose is to both assure the breadth and quality of the intern’s academic training, and to serve the community by providing clinical services, community consultation, and community education, regardless of the client’s ability to pay.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Registered interns in the State of California
• Interest in community mental health
• Clinical practicum plus courses in personality theory, psychodiagnostics, psychopathology, psychotherapy, family systems theory, and psychopharmacology
• Understanding and/or experience with chemical dependency treatment models
• Strong cultural knowledge of working with LGBTQQ+ youth, and specifically transgender and gender expansive youth
• Fluent in Spanish

RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS:
Upon offer of an internship opportunity, all prospective interns must sign a contractual agreement to fulfill the following internship requirements:
1. Participate in the program for 1,000 hours for 50 weeks of the year: Interns must log an average of 20 hours per week
2. Provide a minimum of 10 hours of individual psychotherapy services each week
3. Each week, work one four hour shift of intake services and related duties
4. Each week, work either one or two evenings (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) or Saturday
5. Attend all scheduled internship seminars, including the agency-wide and targeted seminars, group supervision group, and individual supervision sessions

TRAINING AND SUPERVISION:
ACS follows all BBS/BOP 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 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 all trainees. Some interns are eligible to be paid via a fee splitting arrangement.

TIME COMMITMENT:
Mid-August through mid-June; 18-20 hours per week. Wednesday mornings are reserved for supervision and training in most programs.

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.  

Apply Here!

TIMELINE FOR 2018 – 2019 SCHOOL YEAR:  

Applications are accepted through March 2018

January 2018 – April 2018– Qualified applicants will be interviewed

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

Mid- August 2018 – Internship begins

Mid – June 2019 – Internship ends

For further information, please contact our Clinical Director, Sarah Burdge, PhD at sarah@acs-teens.org or (650) 424-0852 x 102