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Mental Health Division
Mental Health Division
Family, Youth and Children's Services Internship   
Berkeley High School Health Center Mental Health Program

$3,000 stipend provided to all interns 

Applications for the academic year will only be accepted from the following contracted schools: California State University Eastbay, CIIS, Palo Alto University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, UC Berkeley, USC, and The Wright Institute.

The Berkeley High School Health Center Mental Health Program strongly prefers graduate-level interns who are entering the 2nd year of their program. 2nd year interns are required to work 24 hours per week from mid-August through mid-June of the subsequent calendar year.  Interns receive a *$3,000 stipend to help off-set the expenses of the internship, which is disbursed in four installments upon the completion of each quarter during the internship year.  Interns receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision, 2 hours of weekly group supervision, and bi-monthly didactic trainings on various clinical topics held on Fridays 3:00-5:00pm, as well as immediate consultation on an as needed basis when responding to crisis situations.  Interns also participate in recurring team meetings with multidisciplinary staff.  All supervision is provided by on-site licensed supervisors (LCSW or LMFT).

Berkeley Mental Health's Internship Training Program typically hosts a cohort of graduate-level social work and marriage & family therapy students each academic year. Because the Health Center is a high volume and fast-paced environment, interns who thrive at this placement are typically well-organized, team-oriented, culturally sensitive, strong communicators who are also able to maintain thorough clinical documentation. Applicants with past clinical experience-in particular, experience working with people in crisis; experience working with teenagers; experience working with multicultural and multilingual families; and experience working with people impacted by traumatic experiences-are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Berkeley High School Health Center is a multi-disciplinary, school-based clinic that provides an array of health and mental health services to Berkeley High School students. Mental health services include: crisis assessment, short- and long-term individual therapy, group therapy, parent/family consultation, and referrals to external providers. The Health Center provides students with trauma-informed, attachment-focused and relational mental health care that responds to their unique needs and cultural contexts.  The students served represent a broad range of ethnic backgrounds, thus the modalities for intervention are diverse. Supportive services are offered to address many experiences, such as but not limited to; severe mental illness, behavioral and academic problems, substance abuse, and other at-risk youth behaviors; child abuse and neglect; and severe family conflict and stress.

The professional staff at FYC is comprised of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Several staff have worked extensively in the community, providing a substantial service base for clients. With an eco-systemic approach to treatment, work with the family group is emphasized, as is work with community groups serving this target population.


Family, Youth and Children's (FYC) Outpatient Services 

Family, Youth and Children's (FYC) also provides outpatient services which offer a wide range of services to children, adolescents, families, and transitional age youth between the ages of 0-24 years, as well as parents and families.  Services are provided on-site in the FYC clinic, in schools, and in a variety of other community based settings.  Services also provides consultation, education and information to the community. Clients must have Medi-Cal or be Medi-Cal eligible for Alameda County.  Referrals are accepted from parents or guardians and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.

The outpatient clinic is NOT accepting applications for internships


Application Procedures for Family, Youth and Children's Services Internship:  Berkeley High School Health Center Mental Health Program  

You will need to complete an application (PDF version) and send it electronically along with your most recent resume.  Your resume should include any related clinical experience and the contact information for 2 professional references; one reference must be your program field work advisor/clinical supervisor.  Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Please indicate Health Center on the E-mail subject line.   E-mail completed application to:  mhinternship@cityofberkeley.info.  Send only the application and resume to this address

For questions or further information please send an e-mail to Babalwa Kwanele, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor & Division Intern Coordinator at: bkwanele@cityofberkeley.info .  Please indicate in the subject "Training Inquiry".





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