Clinical Services Training Program:Advanced Cohort Application, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate or ASW ONLY

Title Advanced Cohort Application, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate or ASW ONLYApply Now
Categories Clinical, LGBTQ
Location Pacific Center for Human Growth (Berkeley, CA)
Job Information
Position Summary:

Pacific Center’s Clinical Services Training Program provides LGBTQ-competent training for the next generation of mental health professionals. Interns, trainees and associates enrolled in our year long program deliver psychotherapy services to the diverse East Bay LGBTQ community while earning hours towards licensure. Didactic trainings, supervision and mentorship are provided by licensed clinicians who generously donate their time.

This position requires a commitment of 8 client hours per week, which can take place anytime between 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday. Orientation takes place in the first month and attendance is mandatory. Client assignments start immediately upon completion of orientation. The Third Cohort is for experienced interns with some LGBT competency.

Applicants must be available on Wednesdays from 12 pm – 2pm for weekly Group Supervision. Weekly Didactic Seminars on Mondays from 10am – 12noon and Professional Development Group on Wednesdays from 10am-12noon are optional and encouraged for participation. Otherwise your schedule is flexible.

Minimum Qualification:

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level psychology or sociology program and must complete their first year of courses prior to internship start date.

Applicants must be proficient in Windows-based environment and Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and Access; basic knowledge of Google Apps for Domain, basic experience with Adobe Acrobat/Reader or similar PDF software; Previous experience with Practice Management software or other billing and payment software helpful but not required. Pacific Center uses Salesforce as a client and service tracking database. NOTE: Pacific Center does not utilize electronic records management software — all charting is manual. Applicants must be able to work in a physical charting environment with reasonable accommodations, when needed.


Pacific Center’s Clinical Services Training Program is an unpaid internship position for the first year.

Application Instructions:

Applicants are invited to submit electronically the application form, resume, and responses to the six applicant questions, and mail two (2) signed Letters of Recommendation to:

Pacific Center for Human Growth
ATTN: Clinical Training and Services Coordinator
2712 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

Recommendation Letters may also be emailed to the Clinical Training and Services Coordinator, Erin Harrell ( as PDFs, as long as they are signed or sent directly from the reference person. Please CC these emails to the Clinical Administrative Assistant, Katie Tims (

The intent of this application is to help us develop some sense of who you are as a person, as well as an understanding of who you are growing into as a clinician. We are interested in knowing why you are interested in working with the LGBTQ community, what experience you already have in dealing with any marginalized segment of the general population, and what you hope to gain as well as what you will bring to this experience.

Although most of our clientele come from the LGBTQ community, there is also diversity across many strata, including age, class, race, gender, sexual identity, and ethnicity. If selected to work here you should expect to work with clients who represent any number of combinations of these different demographic identifiers.

What you will need to complete the online application form:
  • Completed Application Questions
  • Resume/CV
  • Name, phone number, and mailing address of two (2) clinical references
Application Questions:

Each applicant is expected to answer the six questions below and upload your responses into the online application form. With the exception of Question 1, please limit responses to no more than (1) one page (8 1/2″ x 11″) single-spaced for each question. We recommend you copy and paste these questions into a Microsoft Word document. Uploadable file formats: doc, docx, and pdf. Please use a legible default font in black, size 12pt font.

  • 1. Write an autobiographical statement addressing your interest in becoming a psychotherapist, as well as your current understanding of who you hope to become as a therapist. Include any aspects of your life or past experiences which seem relevant to you.
  • 2. The impact of culture and society on the development of the self is an important aspect of clinical thinking at the Pacific Center, where we primarily serve the mental health needs of the LGBTQ community in the Bay Area. Please reflect on your motivation to work with this community, as well as any personal or professional experience you may have with the LGBTQ community. Your answer should include some reflection on the impact of socio-cultural issues, focusing upon your own lived experiences of difference as it relates to your own development.
  • 3. Talk about your personal experience with psychotherapy including what was helpful, what was not, and your understanding of why. Please include specific descriptions of the length of time you worked with a therapist and whether it was individual, family, or group therapy.
  • 4. The clinical training program at the Pacific Center can be quite demanding on many levels—emotionally, intellectually, and personally, and requires a significant amount of time and energy (20 hours per week) without pay. How will you manage this and in what ways do you imagine its impact on your life?
  • 5. Is there any event on the horizon, including school requirements which may cause you to leave your placement early, without fulfilling your contract for the full 12 months? Please note that anyone unable to satisfy the terms of their contract, for any reason, will be asked to leave the training program. This is true even if the reason for non-compliance is a school change in class schedules.
Application Deadline:

The Pacific Center utilizes a rolling admission policy and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. All applicants will be notified electronically regarding the status of their application and receipt of required materials.

Pacific Center for Human Growth is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

General Questions:

Questions about the program or Pacific Center may be addressed to the Clinical Training and Services Coordinator, Dr. Erin Harrell, PsyD at (510) 548-8283 x240 or at Questions about the application may be addressed to the Clinical Administrative Assistant, Katie Tims at (510) 548-8283 x243 or at

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