Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is Santa Clara County's largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community, but serving a multicultural clientele with various clinical presentations. Our mission is to improve the health, mental health and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community by 1) providing an array of high-quality health and human services, 2) sharing expertise about the Asian community's needs and best services delivery practices, and 3) providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues. AACI's Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology prepares interns to provide culturally and linguistically diverse clinical services to children, adolescents, adults and older adults in outpatient settings, which includes individual, group, and family psychotherapy, assessment, crisis intervention and stabilization, case management, community outreach in a culturally and developmentally adaptive manner, and professional development and advocacy. AACI is also a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with integrated behavioral health services at primary care. Our Behavioral Health staff is versed in over 30 different languages (agency wide >40) to address the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of the Santa Clara County population. Services under the Behavioral Health Department include mental health, integrated behavioral health at primary care, substance abuse prevention and treatment, problem gambling, torture and trauma, refugee and immigrants, domestic violence, HIV education/prevention, and advocacy services. Direct clinical services are provided in the clinic, community, school and home-based settings to minimize access barriers, decrease clients' symptoms, enhance clients' functioning at home, school and the community, link clients with appropriate social services and community resources, and assist family members or relatives in providing support. Many of our services are publicly funded and compliant with Medicare and Medicaid/MediCal guidelines. The aim of AACI’s Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology is to train the next generation of culturally-sensitive mental health providers to effectively work with underserved members of the community in a trauma-informed and holistic manner. We welcome diverse interns from all cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds.
For the 2022-2023 training year, we have the following available internship positions available:
Adult/Older Adult (AOA) Program: 2 positions
Family & Children (F&C) Program: 1 position
Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) Program: 1 position
Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Program: 2 positions
Program Rotations (required):
Peer Supervision Rotation (3-month duration; all intern placements)
Description: Functioning as a supervisor for an assigned practicum student, which will be in addition to clinical supervision already in place; *Note: Another hour of supervision will be provided each week by a licensed psychologist during this rotation.
Integration Group Rotation (3-month duration; all intern placements)
Description: Skills-building group facilitation and support for an AACI program that focuses upon integration of physical and mental health. Content for group will either be the pre-approved Acheiving Whole Health (mind/body/spirit) curriculum, or a different integration topic that has been pre-approved by the Associate Director of Internship & Training.
Program Rotations (optional):
DV (Domestic Violence) Client Assignments
Description: Case assignments from AACI’s Asian Women’s Home (AWH), which can include individual therapy and/or group rehabilitation.
CST (Center for Survivors of Torture) Client Assignments
Description: Case assignments from AACI’s Center for Survivors of Torture (CST), which can include individual therapy and/or group rehabilitation.
Description: Opportunities to engage prospective clients in the community and through other means.
Description: Opportunities to provide clinical groups for senior population that utilizes an audio-only platform
Additional Group Facilitation
Description: Skills-building group facilitation and support (skills-building). This optional rotation doesn't require an integration topic. Requires pre-approval from Assoc. Director
Note: All intern program placements (AOA, F&C, CST, & IBH) will require travel. It's expected that you have a working vehicle to travel to and from community locations for client contact. You'll be required to provide a copy of your auto insurance and driver’s license as part of our onboarding process. While caseloads may vary depending on program placement, it can be expected that at least half of your caseload will be at community locations (client’s home, other outside locations, etc.).