We serve an incredibly diverse range of clients with respect to ethnicity, culture, SES, age, diagnosis, cognitive ability, and physical ability. We serve children/adolescents/families with special needs related to child maltreatment/trauma, emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder, and learning disabilities. Clients are served in an outpatient community mental health setting, in several different on-site non-public school-based milieu settings, in 2 day treatment programs, and in residential treatment. Clinical supervision focuses on case conceptualization, treatment planning, treatment interventions, and the treatment process, including the nature of the therapeutic relationship and the therapist using the self as a therapeutic instrument. Supervisors also focus on uncovering the many layers of meaning in a therapeutic encounter, on identifying transference/countertransference, and on learning how to turn countertransference experiences into techniques. EBPs such as behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques are utilized regularly, as are art and play therapy techniques. A multi-disciplinary treatment team approach is a crucial component of our orientation and our training.The Help Group's staff mirror the rich cultural diversity of Los Angeles, and we pride ourselves on our ability to meet the needs of families from diverse ethnic, religious, and linguistic backgrounds as well as train interns from diverse backgrounds. Interns attend a monthly Cultural Complexity Seminar with training staff, and intertwine the topic of culture into all their roles.In addition to direct service (individual, family, group therapy in schools, homes, and clinic) and psychodiagnostic assessment (cognitive, personality, perceptual and academic functioning), interns are exposed to a number of different professional roles:consultant, supervisor of a practicum trainee, program developer/evaluator, and administrator.
**Due to Covid 19 and in adherence to state/federal mandates, some of the internship activities may occur through telehealth (e.g., therapy, assessment, supervision, and didactics). The Help Group continues to monitor guidance from public officials and health officials to determine the need to work remotely. Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the public health emergency, if you have questions about the nature of service delivery and training at the time of application please email the Director of Training for an update.
Please note, the internship prefers applicants who have a total of 450 intervention hours and who have completed 4 integrated child psych assessments. However, due to the impact of Covid 19 , the internship will consider applicants who have less than these totals given many practicum placements were negatively impacted by the pandemic.
The Help Group’s Doctoral Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C., 20002-4242
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
The Help Group is a member of APPIC and follows their guidelines.