Intern Training Program at the Hoag Mental Health Center

In addition to being staffed with highly trained licensed professionals, the Hoag Mental Health Center also offers an Intern Training Program. We believe strongly that it is important to provide students with the best possible training to ensure the highest quality of care to the community. We highly value the importance of exceptional training and involving students in their own learning process.

We host a variety of interns from different schools and universities including:

  • USC
  • UCLA
  • CSULB
  • CSUF
  • Columbia
  • SAC
  • OCC
  • West Coast University
  • UC Berkley
  • Be the Change Yoga

Master Level Students

Clinical internships are available for Masters level students enrolled in an MSW Program.

The following are some highlights of the MSW intern experience:

  • Includes a stipend
  • Carry a clinical caseload of 8-10 clients (Includes all modalities and groups across the lifespan)
  • Weekly individual supervision
  • Weekly group supervision
  • Bilingual students can participate in a three week Spanish speaking supervision immersion
  • Opportunities for professional and clinical trainings
  • Submitting articles to local publications
  • Creating outreach plans to promote the Mental Health Center and Center for Healthy Living
  • Unique opportunities for MSW/MPH dual degree interns
  • Participation in health fairs
  • Participation in Hoag Annual Women’s Conference
  • Collaboration with partner agencies, the school district, and other local non-profits

Bachelor Level Students

Clinical internships are available for students enrolled in a bachelors level Social Work or Human Services Program.

The following are some highlights of the bachelor’s level intern experience:

  • Receive weekly individual supervision
  • Opportunities for professional and clinical trainings
  • Conduct client intakes and performs initial assessments to collect functional, environmental, psycho-social, financial, employment, housing, educational, and health information as appropriate.
  • Respond to referrals for case management services from Social Work staff
  • Assist clients in accessing needed community services specified in their treatment plans
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Collaboration with partner agencies, the school district, and other local non-profits

Additional Internship Categories

The Center also offers a variety of other internship opportunities including:

  • Internships for yoga therapy students from Be the Change Yoga
  • Internships for Pilates students from OCC
  • Internships for translating students from SAC
  • Internships for nursing students from West Coast University who work under the supervision of our onsite Public Health Nurse

For more information regarding our existing internship opportunities or discuss the possibility of a new internship and collaboration, please contact:

Veronica Richardson, LCSW Intern Training Center Coordinator [email protected] or (949)764-4542.