Graduate Student Training Program

Training Program Overview

MFT Trainees, Social Work Interns, and Doctoral Practicum students in the Children’s Institute Graduate Student Training Program experience rich and rewarding professional development while delivering community based mental health services to a diverse caseload of children, adolescents, and their families. Students receive comprehensive training on DMH paperwork requirements including: intakes, assessments, diagnoses, treatment plans, and progress notes. Weekly didactic trainings are also provided on topics such as: Trauma Focused Care, Compassion Fatigue, Domestic Violence, Community Violence, Child Abuse, Behavior Management, Mandated Reporting, Family Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Toxic Stress, and Termination. Additionally, students receive extensive training in the sought-after evidenced-based system, Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), which qualifies students to become certified MAP Therapists upon completion of the training program. Students participate in weekly group and individual clinical supervision, and are paired with seasoned clinicians who serve as mentors to provide additional training and peer to peer support. Students gain invaluable experience coordinating care while closely partnering with teachers and school staff, psychiatrists and other medical professionals, social workers, probation officers, and natural support members involved in the client’s life.  Through the highest quality training, supervision, and clinical experience, CII’s Graduate Student Training Program prepares MFT Trainees, Social Work Interns, and Doctoral Practicum students to be knowledgeable, skillful, and competent mental health professionals upon graduation.

Training Program Details

  • Weekly 2 hour clinical group supervision and 1 hour individual supervision provided
  • 9-12 month commitment required, depending on the training requirements of the student’s university
  • New training cohorts begin in September of each academic year
  • 20-24 hours per week of availability required, spread out over 3 designated days
  • Transportation and schedule flexibility required in order to provide clients with services in the after-school time frame, 2-3 days/week (late afternoon to early evening)
  • Significant clinical training and support via a month-long initial orientation period followed by weekly professional development didactic trainings
  • $2000 training stipend provided

How to Apply

Graduate students interested in applying for a MFT Practicum, Social Work Internship, or Doctoral Practicum placement should email a current resume and cover letter to Andria Bibler, Clinical Internships Manager. Interviews typically begin in January and placement decisions will generally be made by May.

Contact: Andria Bibler, LMFT

Phone: 213-709-0879


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