To provide and encourage respectful and empowering services- guided by personal disability experience and disability culture- for families that have children, parents, grandparents or caregivers with disability or medical issues.
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a community nonprofit agency in Berkeley that is dedicated to providing disability informed clinical and supportive services, training, and research. We serve infants, children, and families and our emphasis is on early intervention and prevention of problems in families and relationships. TLG was founded in 1982.
Our goals as an agency are threefold: 1) to provide disability informed services to vulnerable infants, children, adolescents, and their families; 2) to train the next generation of mental health professionals; and 3) to improve services to children and families impacted by disability by conducting research and developing national and international standards of services.
Through the Looking Glass offers a 1500 hr one-year, full-time, or two year, part-time, internship program for doctoral students in psychology. TLG has applied for APA accreditation. Our application was reviewed in Summer 2020, and the APA Commission on Accreditation has authorized a site visit for our program. This brochure provides an overview of our program and the application process.
The Internship Training Program at Through the Looking Glass is committed to developing psychologists who are committed to providing accessible, effective, and informed services to vulnerable children and families. We look for candidates who have academic and clinical experience working with infants, children, and families. We value applicants who are passionate about social justice, have a deep interest in developing a disability informed framework, and have personal or professional experience with disability. In addition to encouraging applications from students with personal disability experiences, we look for students with underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, language capacities, and life experiences.
We work from a non-pathologizing, strength-based, disability culture informed perspective. Since our founding we have integrated theories from infant/early childhood mental health, family therapies, developmental practice, psychodynamic theory, trauma informed modalities of treatment, and cognitive behavioral interventions.
Our doctoral interns will gain skills serving a variety of clients. They deepen their knowledge about the impact of disability in families as well as infant mental health over the course of our internship program. Doctoral Interns have the opportunity to provide consistent services to clients over the full term of their internship. TLG interns serve families with children ages 0-18 by providing family therapy, dyadic parent-child therapy, individual child therapy and play therapy, group therapy, and consultation to Early Head Start programs. Our interns engage in regular interdisciplinary collaboration with developmental specialists and occupational therapists. For example- they may be a mental health clinician addressing the grief, depression or trauma in a family system collaborating with an occupational therapist addressing sensory integration issues and parenting accessibility challenges.
Doctoral Interns will be expected to gain therapeutic skills to allow them to be efficacious with a wide variety of families and situations. Our interns work with children from infancy through young adulthood, with children and caregivers who have physical, medical, developmental or intellectual disabilities or mental illness, with multigenerational families where co-parenting is occurring, with families in which a grandparent or great-grandparent is the caregiver, with children who have been removed from their family of origin and are placed with kin or in foster care, and by providing family therapy and relationship support for families during visitations when the children have been removed.
Interns have opportunities to learn from a diverse and multidisciplinary staff (mental health, pediatric occupational therapists, child development specialists, autism specialist) as well as from outside trainers presenting during weekly staff trainings (Wed 9:30-11). Interns often consult with or work collaterally with TLG developmental specialists. Interns have access to toys, sandtray, play therapy equipment. Clerical and IT support is provided and available to staff and interns. An Early Head Start center is on site and offers opportunity for collateral work with teachers or developmental specialists and classroom observations of clients. Supervision is available in Spanish. Well-stocked family and play therapy rooms are available to interns.