SCS Mental Health Internship Program

SCS Class of 2016/2017 Mental Health Interns: Erica Bacon, Brandon Gibs, Boya Hua, Alexandra Woolacott, Rina Herring, Bethany Cole, Andrea Johnson, Inness Pryor

SCS Class of 2016/2017 Mental Health Interns:

Erica Bacon, Brandon Gibs, Boya Hua, Alexandra Woolacott, Rina Herring, Bethany Cole, Andrea Johnson, Inness Pryor

Founded in l969, Seattle Counseling Service is the oldest LGBTQ mental health agency in the nation.  Seattle Counseling Service is a community resource that advocates, educates and serves to advance the social well being and mental health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.  SCS provides individual, couples and group therapy, case management, crisis services. We have both a psychiatrist and a nurse practitioner that prescribe and monitor the medications of our clients. In addition, we have both abstinence based and harm reduction addiction services.  

Our internship program is designed for second year master level students in either counseling or social work.  The internship provides the intern with a thorough knowledge of working in a community agency that focuses on serving the LGBTQ community.  This experience includes direct client service hours, record keeping, using the DSM, clinical consultation, weekly individual and peer supervision.

 

Student Requirements:

  • 2nd year of Master’s program and meeting school requirements for practicum/internship
  • A 12 month commitment
  • 24 hours/week
  • Attendance every Tuesday between 12.00 - 3.00pm for staff-required consultations, meetings and trainings
  • Maintain a caseload of up to 25
  • Co-facilitate one or more groups
  • Affirm LGBTQ identities
  • Willing to work in a supportive, open-communication environment
  • Two intakes per week
  • Minimum of eight videotaped therapy sessions to be reviewed with your supervisor

 

Seattle Counseling Service will provide:

  • One hour of weekly individual supervision with a supervisor who will monitor and support the intern and internship
  • One hour of weekly group supervision/training with all clinical staff and fellow interns
  • Individual, couples, and group training
  • Intake training
  • DSM exposure
  • Case management and crisis training
  • Specialized training in crisis intervention
  • Specialized training in sexual orientation and gender issues
  • Multi-cultural training
  • Consultations regarding special populations including: ethnic, sexual minority, youth, transgender, disabled, deaf and hard of hearing
  • Continuous support
  • Understanding of the functioning of a community mental health center
  • Audio and/or video record sessions for evaluations

 

Internships  start in early September and ends the second week of the following August.  If interested, please complete the Internship Application and email it, your cover letter, and resume to hiring@seattlecounseling.org by March 15th to be considered for fall placement.