Clinical Internships | Uplift Family Services

Clinical Internships

The Clinical Internship Program at Uplift Family Services provides training and clinical supervision to graduate students enrolled in an accredited university, college or professional graduate school to obtain a post-baccalaureate degree in psychology, social work or marriage family therapy (i.e., MFT trainees and MSW student interns). Some locations offer internships for pre-doctorate PhD and PsyD students as well.

Uplift Family Services’ Clinical Internship Program is committed to providing training in evidence-based practices. Our goal is to provide interns with a solid theoretical and experiential base that will become the foundation for future professional work in mental health and social services. These individuals will acquire the knowledge and skills to work competently within the mental health system at the completion of their Clinical Internship Program training at Uplift Family Services. Clinical Interns will be integrated into our interdisciplinary clinical team while enriching each other’s experience through an interchange of ideas and perspectives. Our current Clinical Interns are getting extensive training in the programs at our various locations.

Training Structure

The Clinical Internship Program is designed to last 9 to 12 months based on academic requirements and agency needs. Clinical Interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Clinical Interns will attend the following weekly components:

Individual supervision – 1 to 2 hours as required by licensing board
Group supervision – 2 hours
Didactic training – minimum of 2 hours
Staff meeting – 1 to 2 hours

Clinical Services

Clinical Interns may provide the following to children and their families during their training year:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Initial Intake Evaluations
  • Psycho-education
  • Skill Development
  • Case Management
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Multi-provider Coordination
  • Development of other community supports
  • Clinical Caseload (based on Part-time Intern Status)
  • Individuals and/or families – minimum of 4 to 6
  • Groups – 1 to 2
  • Didactic Training
  • Recent training topics include:
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Engagement with Children and Families
  • Family Genograms
  • Child Sexual Abuse Treatment
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Childhood Bipolar Disorder
  • LGBT Clinical Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Therapy
  • Therapeutic Frame
  • Art Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Elimination Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders

Clinical Supervisors are qualified by either the BBS, The California Board of Psychology or the Council for Social Work School Accreditation.

Participating Graduate Schools

  • Alliant University
  • Antioch University
  • Cal State University, Sacramento
  • Cal. State University, Long Beach
  • Cal. State University, Northridge
  • JFK University
  • National University
  • Notre Dame de Namur
  • Phillips Graduate Institute
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of San Francisco
  • Western Seminary

How to Apply

For MFT Trainees, MSW Student Interns and Pre-Doctoral Practicum Trainees:

Application for all clinical interns is made through this website by clicking on the Careers page and selecting Current Job Openings.You will need to submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vita/Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation or Three Academic/Professional References
  • Letter of Interest/Autobiographical Statement that includes a statement of future aspirations in the field as well as areas of specialization and interest

Bring a current Official Transcript of your current graduate program in the event of an interview.

Application Deadline

For MFT Trainees, MSW Student Interns and Doctoral Students the application priority deadline is the first two weeks of February. Interviews will be scheduled in March. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.

Regional Contacts

Santa Clara County
Amy Lopez, LCSW
Uplift Family Services
251 Llewellyn Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

Los Angeles County
Becky Schomaker, MA, LMFT, RPF II (she/her/hers)
Uplift Family Services
815 N. El Centro Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

General Inquiries
Jennifer Wong, ASW (she/her/hers)