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.
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 consecutive months.
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.