Last Updated: 2/7/2014 

Deadline for intern applications has been extended to Friday April 18th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Counseling Center: Mental Health Counseling

Counseling Center: Internship Program Highlights

  • Extensive individual and group supervision by experienced clinical social workers and psychologists
  • A staff rich in diversity (ethnic background, sexual orientation, clinical interest areas)
  • State of the art technology including digital recording of sessions and electronic scheduling and documentation system
  • Counseling experience with a diverse population of students having a broad range of presenting issues
  • Stipends and hours required towards licensure
  • Weekly diversity training to increase multicultural competence
  • Opportunities to co-lead skill building and process groups with counselors
  • Participation in special projects and community liaison experience for social work trainees
  • Preparation for the transition to post-internship employment.

Pre-Master’s Program

Our pre-masters program is open to MFT and social work trainees. MFT trainees typically work 15 hours per week during fall semester and 20 hours per week during the spring semester. Social work trainees usually work 24 hours each semester as required by their program.

A typical weekly schedule would include two hours of group co-leading, several hours devoted to individual/couples counseling, four hours of supervision (individual, group supervision, diversity training), one hour for staff meeting, and time to do case note documentation. Social work interns also typically devote five hours per week to various social work projects and act as a community liaison for our agency.

Post-Master’s Program

Students who already have their master's degree may be eligible for an advanced internship. MFT interns usually work 19 hours per week each semester. MSW interns typically work 20 hours per week each semester. These hours usually include two hours of group co-leading, three hours of supervision, one hour of staff meeting, three hours for documentation, and the remaining hours for individual/couples counseling.

Past Intern Testimonies

"My experience with the CSU, Chico Counseling Center was that it was the best of five internship placements I held in this area, and I believe, still ranks up there as the best training available for therapist trainees. There are several reasons for this. The first is that the quality and quantity of supervision is simply unrivaled by any other internship site." Karen Gage, MFT, PhD

"I was encouraged to experiment with my style and interventions and given the room to try new things. Each staff member offers a different area of expertise offering a rich array of knowledge.Experiential learning is advanced through using the one-way mirror, viewing client tapes, case presentations and seminars. This traineeship was an excellent way to begin my work during graduate school." Lisa Hancock, MFT

"The counseling center provides a wonderful context for professional and personal learning and growth. The staff is thoroughly professional, yet casual and warm, making it a comfortable and fun place. Supervision is excellent–-accessible, knowledgeable, encouraging, supportive, and safe for taking the risks required for professional growth. The issues students presented were much more diverse and complex than I expected." Annie Bernkrant, MSW

For More Information

Stephanie Chervinko, PhD
Training Coordinator

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