Clinical Opportunities and Psychology Industry Events

Aug 18, 2016 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

The MFT Stipend application period is fast approaching. Preliminary information is available now and advanced planning is critical. Eligible applicants must graduate from the MA degree program between July 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017. The application deadline is October 5, 2016.

California will award $18,500 to each of 110 recipients, to be applied to one year of internship serving in a county-contracted agency providing services to underserved populations. Apply only to the county you are willing to serve in for that year. At least some previous experience in a county-contracted, operated or funded placement is mandatory before applying, so seek out practicum placements that meet these requirements. Please click on the BHS directory at this link for a list of qualified agencies.

Specialized skills such as language ability or experience working with substance abuse, the severely mentally ill, etc. is a plus for applicants. Highlight what makes you uniquely qualified to work with these clients. Click here for more information.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences strives to be transparent in all matters affecting the clinical community. They welcome feedback from both pre-licensed and licensed individuals. To support that aim they have open meetings on a regular basis, alternating between northern and southern California locations. Under current review are items relating to supervision practices and requirements for MFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and respective trainees and interns. The meetings present an invaluable opportunity for your voice to be heard. Constituents are invited to approach the board members and provide their input for consideration. This is an exciting way for you to take part in shaping our field from the top, molding the profession for the future. I encourage all of you to take the time to attend these meetings in person or via webcast so that you can stay abreast of these important issues. 

The Practicum and Internship Faire, co-sponsored by CalSouthern on April 5, was a huge success! Twenty-two agencies participated, and hundreds of attendees traveled from as far away as San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles counties to meet with potential practicum representatives, and to take advantage of the resume and interviewing skills breakout session. We will be having our second annual faire on February 25, 2017. Watch for more information to come!

CalSouthern also recently sponsored the second annual AAMFT-CA Moving Forward Together Conference. This year’s theme was“The Changing Culture of Behavioral Health Treatment,” and the focus was on issues related to multiculturalism, diversity, disparities and stigma. This yearly forum is designed to bring clinicians, graduate school faculty, students, community agencies and state leaders together for a valuable exchange of ideas. We were thrilled to be a part of such a worthy event and to visit with CalSouthern alumni and students, as well.

CalSouthern hosted learners and alumni as our special guests at the OCCAMFT 10th Annual Celebrate Everything MFT luncheon. This year’s speaker was Kim Madsen, executive officer of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, who delivered a presentation titled “Licensure, You, and the BBS.” It was as informative as it was engaging, and a great time was had by all. We participate in this event in June of each year and would love to have you join us. Seating is limited and goes to the first learners and alumni who respond to our announcement each May.

The BBS has asked us to make the following announcement: Any applicant who has not heard back from the BBS within 30 days of submitting an application to take the MFT/LPCC Ethics Exam is invited to contact for a status update. Please include your IMF/PCCI registration number and the date you submitted your original application. The BBS will do its best to respond as quickly as possible with an update.

Graduates of the MA program: Time is of the essence to stay within the 90-day rule. Submission of intern registration applications within 90 days of degree conferral will allow you to count hours while your application is in process. As soon as your degree is conferred, notify your academic advisor that you need BBS MFT/LPCC Program Certification documentation. We will prepare it and send it to you immediately. Please contact the BBS for more information.

I hope that you were able to attend the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Annual Conference this past May. This is always one of the highlights of the year. Exceptional training and workshop opportunities abound. With so many choices it is sometimes difficult to decide which ones to attend! I also especially enjoy the opportunities to meet with our learners, graduates, colleagues and potential students.

Special guest for the annual membership meeting was California BBS executive officer Kim Madsen. We are grateful that she, the one “at the helm” of our profession, is so willing to meet with us to provide important information on licensure-related issues.

CAMFT chief executive officer, Jill Epstein, also addressed the membership. Ms. Epstein and the other CAMFT board members and leadership continue to work diligently on your behalf and for the MFT profession in California and across the nation. The entire panel of representatives from the CAMFT board provided important legislative and membership updates. We thank them for the work they do on our behalf.

Another invaluable benefit of attending annual conferences, CAMFT’s in particular, is the opportunity to make connections with potential practicum and internship placements, as well as to establish sources for referrals and resources for your clinical practice.

I made a great connection with Caitlin Williams, MS, MFT, intensive outpatient manager at New Directions for Women–our practicum spotlight for this Clinicians’ Corner. New Directions was founded in 1977 and is  the longest-standing non-profit women’s center for chemical dependency treatment in Orange County. It is very unique in that it offers programs for women, women with children, and pregnant women affected by alcoholism and other substance-related issues. Providing residential, instensive sober living, partial day treatment, intensive outpatient, and aftercare/monitoring programs and services, New Directions offers hope to their clients. Spaces are very limited, but if you would like an exceptional training opportunity, please contact Ms. Williams at or (949) 313-1192.

Outreach Concern is interviewing for fall MA practicum trainee placements in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. They are California’s largest school-based counseling agency, with more than 300 sites throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, where 5,000-plus interns and trainees have served over 600,000 children and families. You’ll have the potential to earn substantial hours of clinical experience per school year by training just two days a week. Their behavior performance management model is proven to be the most successful school-based counseling model in education, according to their experts. You will have up to four hours of quality clinical supervision per week, and comprehensive training on evidence-based practices throughout your contracted term. Commitment is from September to mid-June, with two days per week committed. Please contact Nadine Arasoghli Flynn, senior regional field supervisor, at (714) 319-6466 or at



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