County of Marin Health and Human Services

Mental Health Graduate Clinical Training Program

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APA-Accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

The purpose of the psychology internship program is the preparation of psychologists for practice in public mental health settings and diverse communities with underserved populations and serious mental health conditions. Interns gain a broad range of generalist skills for practice as a health service psychologist, while also exploring their emerging professional identities through alliance with a specific interdisciplinary community treatment team throughout the internship year

  • The standard training program is a full-time (40-44 hours per week) internship, to be completed over 12 months.
  • Interns accrue 2000 pre-doctoral training hours.
  • The program begins each year on the first Wednesday after the Labor Day holiday and concludes on August 31.

Clinical Experience and Supervision

While each week of training will be different, as skills develop and opportunities emerge, a typical distribution of time for a full-time intern is detailed below:

Direct Service:

  • 8-12 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy (individual or family)
  • 4-8 hours of intake/assessment/crisis intervention/group services
  • 2- hours of case management/clinical consultation/field assessment

Training and Supervision:

  • 2-3 hours of individual supervision
  • 2 hours of didactic training
  • 2 hours of EBP case consultation group
  • 2-3 hours of clinical team case conference/group supervision
  • 1 hour of additional didactic or program development group

Clinical Support/Professional Development:

  • 2 hours for documentation/administration of services<
  • 1 hour of peer consultation group
  • 2 hours for consultation or observation of clinical or administrative practices
  • 4 hours for dissertation/research

Additional time (up to but never exceeding a total of 44 hours/week) may include: community outreach/education, teaching/supervision opportunities, participation in partner organizations with clinical supervisors (e.g. broadcast media production with Cuerpo Corazón Comunidad, parent education and Canal Community alliance outreach, Community Action Marin peer provider collaboration, Community Health and Wellness Fair, etc.)

All psychology interns have two hours per week of regularly scheduled individual supervision by one or more licensed doctoral level psychologists. Additional hours of individual supervision are provided by licensed psychologists, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, or licensed marriage and family therapists. Clinical cases are assigned in consultation with the appropriate clinical teams and followed both in individual supervision and case conference/group supervision.

Application and Selection Process

Applications must be submitted using the AAPI and must be submitted before midnight PST November 30, 2019. Receipt of applications will be confirmed by email.

Application cover letters should indicate which of the 3 program tracks you are applying for and an order of preference if you are qualified for more than one. Please also make clear why you are seeking training for public service psychology.

Our selection process follows all guidelines and regulations of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and the APPIC Match. In particular, this internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Offers for interview will be extended by email no later than the end of the day on December 15. In accordance with APPIC policies, we notify all applicants of their interview status if they submitted a complete application. Please contact the Training Director if you have not received an e-mail notification by 12/15.

Half-day interviews are typically conducted during the first 3 weeks of January on dates noted in the APPIC Directory. Candidates are scheduled for the days assigned to their preferred track. There are 3 individual interviews with internship faculty of 30-45 minutes in length and includes a brief tour, general information meeting, and question and answer session with current interns; candidates are also welcome to contact current interns for additional information.

Telephone or Skype interviews are an option for candidates who are not able to visit the Bay Area.

Candidates must register for the APPIC Match. Registration materials are located at the National Matching Services web site:

Our Program Code Number for the APPIC is 1927 and there will be 3 separate program track designations on the NMS Match site for ranking.

If you have additional questions about our program or the application process after reviewing the brochure, please feel free to contact the Training Director, Laura Sciacca, at or 415-473-4274.

Mental Health and Substance Use Services (MHSUS) changed its name to Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).  As such, all references in existing departmental policies and procedures to MHSUS can be understood to reference BHRS as well.