Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy

Practicum Sites

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students complete a minimum of 725 hours of supervised clinical experience as part of their program. The following practicum sites host Clinical Mental Health Counseling students for supervised experiences.

Please note that this list is subject to change.

Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR)

Site Description: SCAIR is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to provide educational and community services to San Diego’s Native American community including both the Native urban and reservation communities of San Diego County. Participants include individuals and families from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and various levels of mental and physical ability. The types of services offered through SCAIR include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) training programs through the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association.

Training and Supervision: SCAIR provides a yearlong structured training experience for advanced students in CMHC promoting further growth and development in the counseling field. Counselor trainees conduct individual and group counseling sessions with teens, individual adults and couples, as well as provide career counseling, under a licensed supervisor. Supervision includes review of videotaped and in-vivo (live) counseling sessions in individual and group formats for all trainees along with constructive feedback for trainee professional growth. SCAIR has provided employment opportunities for trainees during and/or after the completion of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools

Site Description: Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) provide a fully-accredited educational program and mental health support for school-age youth who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, probation or one of the 42 school districts in San Diego County. Services are provided to incarcerated youth, pregnant minors, foster youth, expelled teens, chronically truant youth, students in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and homeless youth. JCCS serves about 12,000 students per year with 52 schools that are split between two networks that cover the entire county. JCCS educators are committed to high expectations, social justice and equality for all students. They value diversity and strive to eradicate institutionalized racism and discrimination in all forms. Their priority is to raise achievement of all students while eliminating the achievement gap between students of color and white students. They accomplish this through the delivery of culturally and linguistically responsive standards-driven instruction, courageous and advocacy-oriented leadership and relevant professional development. All JCCS community members stand personally committed and professionally accountable for the achievement of this mission.

Training and Description: Practicum students will work with in both the court and community school settings. Experiences may include individual, groups as well as whole class presentations or lessons. Individual supervision will be conducted weekly. There may also be opportunities for group supervision, depending on the number of practicum students. Additionally, the practicum students are invited to participate in monthly counselor and school psychologist meetings and professional development.

Mental Health Systems School-Based Program

Site Description: MHS School Based Program provides mental health services to students at eleven schools in the San Diego Unified School District. The program helps our clients reach their potential and achieve success in school, at home and in the community. We work with them toward specific goals, such as increasing school attendance, improving school performance, and decreasing any further school related problems. Our therapists meet weekly with teachers and/or school counselors to ensure effective communication and make certain that integrated services are provided.

Services are offered at school, in home, and in the community and they include: individual and family therapy, case management, referrals to community resources, psychiatric/medication evaluation and monitoring, and bilingual services with available interpreters. We serve students in specified schools, ages 5 to 18 years old, who are Medi-Cal eligible or MHSA eligible (without insurance) and who are struggling with academic success, anxiety, alcohol or other drug use, ADHD or defiant/oppositional behaviors, depression, and other emotional hardships.  

Training and Supervision: We provide on-site supervision both individual and in groups.  We provide training through staff meeting in-services, seminars, webinars, on-line trainings, and all staff have access to BHETA trainings through San Diego State.  Requirements are once per month staff meetings, weekly individual supervision and monthly group supervision.  Video presentations are required at every group supervision to aid with training as well.  Primary focus for theory-based training is CBT and SFBT. 

Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center

Site Description: The Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center's services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one's life as a result of the consequences of mental illness, rather than simply attending to the symptoms of the illness. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation and community integration, and are individualized to meet the needs of each client. Clients actively participate in setting service plan goals and are encouraged to involve family and significant others in the recovery plan.

The team at the Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center is multi-disciplinary, and consists of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, nurses and master's level interns. In addition, the team at the Maria Sardiñas Wellness and Recovery Center is bilingual and bicultural, across all disciplines, in order to linguistically and culturally address the needs of the large Latino population in the South Region of San Diego County.

In addition to outpatient psychiatric services, the Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center also has three specialized programs: Full Service Partnership Case Management, targeted services for Transitional Aged Youth (aged 18-24) and Older Adults (aged 60+). 

Training and Supervision:  Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center has three onsite clinical supervisors, two licensed clinical psychologists and one licensed clinical social worker. One hour of individual supervision, two hours of group supervision, and two hours of a multidisciplinary treatment team meeting are provided with each practicum/internship experience at Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center.  Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center is one of many programs operated by Community Research Foundation (CRF).  CRF has numerous training opportunities in a plethora of topics necessary to successful delivery of mental health services.  Trainings are delivered in multiple modalities including didactic face to face instruction similar to a traditional university classroom as well as synchronous and asynchronous online instruction

UPAC Positive Solutions Program

Site Description: UPAC Positive Solutions Program is a nonprofit mental health agency contracted by the county of San Diego. UPAC serves homebound, socially isolated older adults (60+) in San Diego those who are suffering depression and/or have symptoms of depression. All services are home based and free from the county of San Diego.

Training and Supervision: All interns are provided the training on PEARLS, an evidenced based therapy to treat depression among older adults. We provide variety of relevant training face to face, webinars, BHETA, etc. We have 2 hours Clinical Group conducted by LMFT every Thursday from 9-11 am. This group meeting takes place at UPAC-EMASS, located at 200 N. Ash Street, Escondido, CA 92027. Students are expected to contact the Clinical Consultant to schedule their Individual meetings with the Clinical consultant at their mutual convenience. UPAC-PSP Program Manager is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides intensive 1:1 training on weekly basis initially and as needed thereafter and is available 100% of the time when clinicians are at work/or field. Mileage reimbursement is provided to the interns when they drive their vehicle to see the clients.

Project Enable

Site Description: Neighborhood House Association’s Project Enable BPSR Wellness & Recovery Center provides time-limited outpatient specialty mental health services to adults 18 years of age and older who are affected by serious and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders that interfere with their ability to function in key life roles, as parents, students, spouses and employees. The program strives to reduce psychiatric symptoms and the need for hospitalization while rehabilitating clients to their highest level of functioning. Services focus on stabilization and recovery goals with the expectation that with treatment, clients will effectively recover and graduate from the program. Comprehensive services include mental health assessment, medication management, short term individual and group therapy, rehabilitation counseling, case management and linkage to supportive community services.

Project Enable clients must be 18 years of age or older, meet the criteria for severe mental disorder and/or a co-occurring disorder, be insured by MediCal or uninsured and meet the financial eligibility criteria established by the County of San Diego Services Mental health assessment. 

Supervision and Training: Individual and group supervision is provided. Training on issues of substance abuse, multi-disciplinary staff work and County medical documentation, and severe mental illness treatment is provided.