Internship

INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Survivors' Pathway Center is a mental health treatment facility organized to provide evidenced based treatment models and culturally sensitive therapeutic treatments to survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual abuse as well as violent crimes.

Our organization provides excellent professional services delivered by mental health professionals who are trained in culturally sensitive approaches and trauma informed psychological treatments. Furthermore, we provide clinical training for future mental health professionals to work within the domestic violence and clinical crime related field for underrepresented populations.

Our mission

To promote equality, inclusiveness and social action through culturally-sensitive, advocacy and trauma informed psychological treatment services to individuals and families from the LGBTQI and Latino communities experiencing the emotional impact of violent crime, human trafficking, domestic and/or sexual abuse traum.

ORGANIZATIONAL SETINGS

Survivors' Pathway Center provides a full array of outpatient services, including trauma treatment, evaluation and assessment services, as well as assistance with general information, referral, and crisis intervention.

Mental health students complement the interdisciplinary staff. Students are fully integrated into the day to day operation of the office. Via this interdisciplinary training model, students' clinical experiences are enhanced by different professionals with expertise in this area. Students in training are encouraged to participate in clinical meetings and have the opportunity to interact with other professionals in the field. Interns are appraised of the appeals and grievance procedures made available to them previous to their placement.

Survivors' Pathway has a number of offices located at different facilities within Miami-Dade County. Staff is available to the students for consultation as well as for any other clinical activity.

PHILOSOPHY GOALS

The training program provides general clinical training in a science-practitioner model. It is the philosophy of the training staff that the interns should acquire general clinical skills within an outpatient facility.

Based on our philosophy to provide general clinical skills, the students are exposed to a variety of therapeutic styles. Students have the opportunity to implement these interventions with adults, adolescents, and children. Current literature is reviewed to guide intervention techniques and case conceptualizations. Placement includes supervision, training, and an array of clinical activities for the students to be involved.

Staff is highly invested in providing relevant clinical experience provided to the students, ensuring that proper supervision is embedded in their daily schedules.

The goal of our practicum training is to foster the development of future professionals in the mental health field by enhancing their ability to implement evidenced based models in the treatment and assessment of victims of domestic violence. Students will become more proficient and demonstrate basic competencies in the treatment interventions and assessment skills with this population..

Upon completion of the clinical placement, students are expected to have acquired new clinical skills/competencies in the intervention and assessment of victims of domestic violence, Sexual abuse, human trafficking and other violent crimes.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The training program consists of delivering direct clinical services to the victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse human trafficking and other violent crimes and to participate in clinical meetings as well as any other clinical activities. These goals will be obtained through the implementation of evidenced based models, which is embedded in the relevant literature. More detailed information of Survivors' Pathway's staff can be obtained in this website.

SUPERVISED CLINICAL EXPERINCE

Students are expected to participate in 10-16 hours per week, which includes direct services and required documentation. Case assignment will be determined on the student's level of expertise and supervisor's recommendations. Clinical supervision will be scheduled and documented on a weekly basis.

Supervised clinical experienced consists of:

1. Direct services- counseling services to adults, adolescents, and children. Clinical modalities include individual, group, or family therapy. Diverse clientele consist of low socio-economic class, LGBT community, diverse ethnic and cultural background, etc.

2. Assessments- students will complete at least 3-5 intakes which will include treatment plan/specific interventions.

Clinical Supervision: students will participate in weekly supervision with a licensed mental health counselor or licensed clinical psychologist.

3. Other activities- students may participate in consultation and other training/didactic activities based on the supervisor's recommendation and trainee's needs/interest.

Each student receives an hour of individual clinical supervision per week from any licensed staff member. Supervision may include the use of audio and videotapes, case notes, and other supporting materials. Supervisors are responsible for providing students with written feedback on a quarterly regarding their clinical functioning and progress (please refer to the student's evaluation form). Informal verbal feedback is provided on an ongoing basis.

RESOURCES

Interns share an office which is equipped with a computer; see clients at Survivors' Pathway Center locations. Students receive administrative support from the Survivors' Pathway Center office staff. Students also have access to all of the resources, i.e. computers, library, training materials, etc.

INTERN EVALUATION

Interns are evaluated two times per year by each of the program supervisors.

Each student will receive a rating of "needs regular supervision", "meets expectations", or "exceeds expectations". A rating of "needs remedial work" triggers the formation of a formal remediation plan. The DCT from the student's university will be contacted to appraise training director of the student's current level of functioning.

We firmly believe that at the end of the training year, students who display full competency in all of the specified goal areas are indeed ready to move on to the next year of practicum training.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants considered for a practicum placement at Survivors' Pathway Center must:

Be enrolled in APA-or CPA-approved program in clinical or counseling psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy. Must have clearance from their DCT to enroll in current practicum. Must also submit proof of level 2 background check clearance prior to starting placement.