Internship is the culmination of the academic preparation to become a professional therapist. This supervised 15 - 20 hour or more a week experience enables students to focus more intensely on a broader range of competencies and skills. It generally starts during the Fall semester of the second year and requires a minimum of 12 months at an internship site, accruing hours towards their 500 direct client contact hours. This experience is defined more comprehensively in the pages that follow.
The Purpose of Off-Site Internships
Internship is a central and essential part of the MFT program. It provides a dynamic
opportunity to carry out the theory-oriented learning of the classroom within a clinical
community practice experience. The internship leads students to acquire greater professional
competence as a MFT over 12
Goals of Internship
- To acquaint students with and provide them with opportunities to engage in the roles, duties, and responsibilities of a professional therapist.
- To enable students to develop techniques and interventions which are best acquired and developed in actual therapeutic relationships.
- To help students learn to integrate systems theories acquired through course work to actual client//family/intern issues and concerns.
- To help students develop the skills of a therapist so that they can begin to feel confident in their ability to function as professionals in the field.
- To help students work and function as a team member with other professionals in the counseling process.
- To provide students with experiences which enables them to comprehend and respond to feedback from supervisors.