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Internship Training Program Prospectus 2018-2019

Job Description

Instituto Familiar de La Raza’s Internship Training Program provides Master, Practicum, and Doctoral-level students pursuing a career in mental health an opportunity to work in a diverse population environment. Interns participate in mental health promotional activities sponsored by the agency, as well as community consultation and education under staff supervision.

For full consideration, complete your application by April 13, 2018 or by the CAPIC or BAPIC deadline.

Please click here for the application.

Internship Training Coordinator

German Walteros

Internship Summary

Interns will support one of the four following tracks:

Track I: La Clínica

Track II: Early Intervention Services

Track III: Si a La Vida

Track IV: La Cultura Cura

Track I: La Clínica (Outpatient Mental Health Clinic)

La Clínica provides public advocacy for children, adults, and families with the aim of strengthening the individual, family, and thereby, the community; thus, preventing the institutionalization of Latinos. Through La Clínica, interns are provided with the opportunity to develop experience and skills in working with a range of direct and indirect services to Latino clients suffering from a full range of mental health issues.

The primary objectives of this training track are to gain experience working with Latinos in a setting that is culturally, socially, and clinically appropriate; to develop skills in assessment and diagnosis, and to treat these diagnoses; and to provide a supportive learning environment for professional growth, leadership development, and professional advocacy.

Track II: Early Intervention Services (School-Based Mental Health)

Early Intervention Services provides a range of culturally-based therapeutic services to children and families who are experiencing social-emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges that create barriers to learning and engagement with peers and staff. Through the program, interns are offered a unique opportunity to develop clinical expertise in the areas of community and school-based mental health interventions and consultation.

This training track’s goals are to build capacity for trauma-informed school systems; enhance the quality of relationships between students, families, and school staff and develop care providers that are responsive to the socio-emotional, developmental, and cultural needs of children and families; reduce the stigma of seeking mental health support in the school setting; and improve academic and social outcomes of at-risk multi-cultural children.

Track III: Si a La Vida (Integrated HIV Services)

Si a La Vida provides a range of culturally-based wellness services to LGBTQ individuals, particularly those at risk of HIV infection or living with HIV/AIDS. Through Si a La Vida, interns are provided with the opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary team with clients who present symptoms stemming from HIV diagnosis, medical and psychological conditions, substance use and addictions, history of abuse and trauma etc.

The primary goals of this training track are to contribute to the reduction of new HIV infections among Latinos in San Francisco; to reduce stigma due to HIV status, sexual orientation, and transgender identity; and to improve health outcomes and quality of life for LGBTQ Latinos/as.

Track IV: La Cultura Cura (Youth Program)

La Cultura Cura provides a continuum of programming alternatives for at-risk youth through interventions that offer families mental health services, care management, advocacy, on-site and school-based pro-socialization groups in an effort to provide welcoming environment’s where young people feel supported and empowered to advance their individual goals. Through the program, interns are provided with the opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary team with youth who present with symptoms stemming from trauma, substance use and addiction, histories of abuse, academic struggles, victims or perpetrators of violence, and involvement with the Juvenile Justice System.

The primary goals of this training track are to provide direct treatment services, group interventions, and service advocacy for youth and their families. Working in partnership with the community organizations, schools, and Juvenile Probation Department partners we aim to expand teens’ life skills, reinforce positive cultural identity, address the impacts of trauma, and encourage youth to engage in pro-social activities. Through our efforts, providers work to have a healthy long-lasting impact in the lives of our families so that they may contribute positively to their community.

Compensation and Internship

Competitive stipends are available through SF-CBHS. Internship Program period is the first week of September through the first week of June. Master, Practicum, and Doctoral-level Interns must commit to at least 18-24 hours per week depending on graduate program and level. Post-doctoral internship level Interns must be willing to commit to 24-32 hours per week.

To Apply

In addition to filling out this application, please submit a CAPIC or BAPIC application (if applicable), a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, IFR is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

All candidates must be fully bilingual in English/Spanish.

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