County of San Bernardino - Behavioral Health - Promoting Wellness, Recovery and Resilience

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern Program

Mission Statement
The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy intern program is to provide interns with a quality training experience that will prepare them to become competent, effective and ethical therapists. We value diversity in our clients and in our staff and are committed to providing an educational experience that promotes respect, caring, compassion and understanding.

Agency Information
The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health is a large community mental health organization serving the needs of the citizens of the largest county in the continental United States. DBH has twelve clinics throughout the county and over 900 employees, including Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychiatrists, and Clinical Psychologists.

The Department of Behavioral Health is committed to the Recovery oriented Care, providing a culturally competent delivery system that promotes recovery and wellness for adults and older adults with serious mental illness and resiliency and wellness in children, adolescents and their families.
Marriage and Family Therapy Training Opportunity
Several of our clinics utilized MFT trainees. The number of trainee positions vary from year to year. This year there are 6 paid positions. Students are placed in clinics with the best opportunity for a wide range of clinical experience with adults, children and families. Our clinical trainings correspond with local University learning objectives for the level of the student and incorporate trainings for the diverse cultures and populations we serve.

Students have the opportunity to provide triage, initial screenings and assessments, as well as individual, family, and group therapy with children and/or adults. Caseloads vary with the readiness of the student, but most students have 4 to 10 client hours per week. Attention is paid to each practicum studentís school requirements to insure that all requirements are met.

Students are expected to work 20 hours each week, from July 1 to June 30. Each traineeship is for a period of one year. Hours are flexible to work around the studentís academic schedule. During work time students see clients, complete assessments, learn and complete clinical paperwork, facilitate groups, and attend weekly individual and group supervision.
Client Population
DBH has a very broad range of clients, including children with behavioral disturbances, families in crisis and adults with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and adults who are seriously mentally ill.
Students receive at least one hour of individual supervision for every 5 client contact hours, from a licensed MFT or occasionally other licensed staff (i.e. LCSW or PhD) and they attend a weekly 2 hour group supervision.
The Department of Behavioral Health has an active in-service training program and students are welcome to attend all training presentations with the approval of their clinic supervisor. All trainees receive a 2 day orientation to the traineeship from the MFT Intern Program Supervisor. Additionally, students have access to an extensive on-line training clinical program.
Each year there are 6 paid stipend positions which are paid at $15.25 per hour. Students are paid for the full 20 hours, with the exception of Holidays, and other requested time off. Students are paid bi-weekly for the hours worked in that pay period. The department does not provide health insurance for trainees but does provide workerís compensation coverage and malpractice insurance. Trainees are hired as Graduate Student Interns. Additionally, students must have adequate malpractice insurance provided by their university or they must provide their own.
Unpaid Trainee Positions
A number of unpaid trainee placements are available, the number varies from year to year. Students can apply in the same manner as the application for the stipend positions. The student should indicate if they are available for an unpaid position should the paid positions be filled. Unpaid students are expected to work 20 hours a week and will receive the same supervision and training available to the paid students. Unpaid students must be enrolled at a university and have malpractice insurance from that university or provide documentation that they have purchased the required malpractice insurance.
Application Requirements
The graduate school must approve Applicants. There is no limit to the number of students who may apply from a graduate program, and students need not be preselected by their school.

Students should submit a vita/resume, an initial interest form and complete 2 supplemental questions which will be given to the MFT Intern Program Supervisor for review. A link to the initial interest form and the supplemental questions can be found below.
Application Deadlines
The deadline for applications is March 1st . Interviews will be conducted during March and applicants will be notified prior to April 1st as to whether or not they have been selected. Students who are chosen for positions will then complete the hiring process and background check through the department's human resources department. Students will then begin their placements on or about July 1st. Start dates can be individually negotiated with the Intern Program Supervisor under some circumstances
Interviews will be scheduled with the Marriage and Family Therapy Intern Program Supervisor at 909-252-4044. Please fill out the Initial Interest Form below:

Interest Form and Supplemental Questions

MFT Intern Program
County of San Bernardino
Department of Behavioral Health
1950 S. Sunwest Lane, Suite 200
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Attn: DBH MFT Intern Program

Links to External Sites

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

California Board of Behavioral Sciences


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