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Mental Health Internship

The Westside Children’s Center Resiliency Project

The Resiliency Project is an MFT and MSW intern training placement with an emphasis on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care. Interns will utilize the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) screening tool to identify opportunities for resiliency development.

Interns will provide individual, dyadic parent child psychotherapy, infant mental health, family, and group therapy, utilizing trauma informed interventions. Through therapeutic services, interns will work with children and families to improve attachment, executive functioning, and social-emotional competency.

Required Hours:

Interns participating in the program will be required to commit 20 hours per week for the duration of the nine-month to one-year (12-month) internship, beginning in September 2018. Some services will require evening and weekend work.


Services are provided primarily in-home, however some services may be provided at our Early Education site, Administrative site, or at other community locations.


Interns will be required to have personal transportation, valid California driver’s license, current insurance and registration.


Interns will receive weekly reflective group and individual supervision provided by a licensed clinician. Interns may be paired with experienced clinicians and staff to co-facilitate sessions and groups.


Interns participating in the program will receive ongoing training in topics related to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, including:

  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Providing Trauma-Informed Care
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Screening
  • Effects of Toxic Stress
  • Child Development
  • Executive Functioning
  • Resiliency
  • Dyadic Therapy
  • Individual, Family, and Group Therapy
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaires
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Mindfulness
  • Safety and Crisis Response for Community Based Clinicians

WCC Programs:
Early Education:

  • Each intern participating in The Resiliency Project will be given the opportunity to participate and provide services through WCC’s Early Education and Child Welfare programs. Behavior and Development Observations
  • Teacher and Provider Consultation
  • One-on-one Classroom Assistance
  • Dyadic parent child therapy with infants (ages 0-3) and toddlers (ages 3-6)
  • Psychotherapeutic Groups
  • Ages and Stages Developmental and Social-Emotional Screenings(Prevention of Out-of-Home Placement)

Family Preservation:

    • Teaching and Demonstration
    • In-Home Outreach Counseling
    • Individual and Family Therapy(Prevention of Child Maltreatment)

Prevention and Aftercare:

      • Group Therapy
      • Psycho-educational Groups
      • Individual and Family Therapy

Foster Care and Adoptions:

        • Birthparent Monitored Visitation
        • Foster Parent Support Group
        • In-Home Visitation

Theoretical Approaches:

        • Play Therapy
        • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
        • Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency
        • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
        • Person-Centered Therapy
        • Family Systems

Applicant Qualifications:Application Process Timeline:
Internship Placement Begins: September 2019

        • For more information, please contact Michelle Schafer, Community Wellness Director, at or (310) 846-4100 ext. 6125.
        • WCC is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 internship. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.
        • Intern application:
        • The ideal candidate possesses an interest in learning about infant and early childhood mental health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma informed care, early education, and child welfare programs. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an MFT or MSW program and have completed the pre-practicum requirements. Spanish speaking not required, but preferred.