The program is a 40 hour per week placement for full-time interns and 20 hour per week placement for part-time interns/trainees. The entire traineeship or internship is completed in 12 months.
Full-time interns exit the program upon completion of at least 2000 hours of training, which includes 1000 hours of direct service, 4 hours per week of supervision (2 of which are individual supervision), satisfactory completion of 2 psychological testing batteries, and an overall rating of “meets expectations” or higher on their evaluations.
Part-time interns/trainees exit the program upon completion of at least 1000 hours of training, which includes 500 hours of direct service, 3 hours per week of supervision (1 of which is individual supervision), and an overall rating of “meets expectations” or higher on their evaluations for each year of the program. Part-time interns generally complete the internship over the course of 2 years.
Direct service is any clinical service and activities involved with the delivery of direct service other than routine paperwork. This includes face-to-face clinical encounters, crisis consultation by phone, observation sessions, assessment protocols, special report writing, phone contact with other clinicians working on the case, phone contacts with other parties (e.g., follow-up with parents, school departments, etc.), and case conferences and similar meetings. Not included: routine documentation, filing records, time spent drafting case presentation materials, research projects, seminars, and travel time to and from sites.
All trainees/interns are expected to work for the contracted number of hours per week, Monday through Friday. With the exception of scheduled trainings, group supervision, case consultation group and staff meetings, trainees/interns schedule their own appointments.
Trainees/interns are expected to attend all scheduled trainings, group supervision meetings, and staff meetings, or otherwise notify the training/group/meeting facilitator, who has sole discretion to permit or deny absence. Trainees/interns are expected to complete all training and supervision projects or assignments given by a supervisor such as, but not limited to, literature reviews, case presentations, or reports, within the deadlines set by the supervisor.
In addition, trainees/interns are expected to meet all performance requirements of the program, such as maintain a clinical caseload set by their supervisor, deliver assigned clinical services at a level that is suitable for a trainee/intern in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy or social work (this level is determined by the program faculty and the trainee/intern’s supervisor), and maintain appropriate clinical records.
If a trainee/intern fails to meet these standards, the Grievance Process enables specific remediation procedures to be implemented and places responsibility on both the trainee/intern and training program to correct any difficulties. The Grievance Process protects you in ensuring that additional training is provided and that you are not surprised later with poor evaluation on an error you were not given a chance to remediate. Please refer to the Grievance Procedures for more information.
Trainees/interns are expected to complete all documentation in a timely manner. Please refer to the Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health Clinical Record Documentation Manual for Outpatient Mental Health Services for specific requirements.
Trainees/interns are also required to make at least two case presentations during group supervision and at least one training to the training group involving their dissertation research or other topics of interest. Full-time interns are required to present at least once at a Mental Health Staff Training.
Upon completion of the training program, you will be issued a certificate of completion listing the date of completion. This document will be useful when applying for licensure, board certification, or additional certification.