Contra Costa Mental Health provides an array of integrated mental health programs and services for children, adolescents, young adults, adults and older adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Residents of Contra Costa County served by the mental health division belong to different cultural/ethnic backgrounds as well as socioeconomic strata. The programs and services provided by the division are offered through a system of care that includes mental health staff, community based organizations, and a network of private providers.
Intern and Trainee placement opportunities are available in the adult, older adult and children's programs serving a geographical area within the county. Opportunities are also available with the forensic and detention mental health units at the Martinez Detention Facility and inpatient and crisis units at the Contra Costa Regional Medical center. These opportunities are for individuals as part of their graduate school curriculum. Each placement site that is currently available is described in detail below. Students accepted to the program may be eligible to be hired as Student Workers and receive an hourly pay. Students with bilingual skills may receive an additional incentive if they qualify.
Contra Costa Mental Health intern and trainee program is geared towards preparing clinicians to practice in the public mental health system. We enroll and train approximately 20-30 doctoral, masters-level, and nursing interns and trainees each year. We provide one didactic seminar each month on specialized mental health topics. In-service trainings focused on specific populations served at each site are available on a regular basis. Further, the county offers all-staff trainings in different mental health training areas that students can attend. Along with clinical skills training, we incorporate diversity and cultural competency trainings in our curriculum.
How to apply
At this time all placements for September 2013 to June 2014 are filled. In January 2014, we will be accepting applications for the following year, September 2014 to June 2015.
Beginning in October 2013, please check the following listings for updated information about the available placement sites and the application procedure. At that time, you may contact the Intern Coordinators at each site directly for questions related to that placement site. Please note that we accept interns/trainees from many graduate programs in the Bay Area. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the clinical placement in Contra Costa Mental Health meets the requirements of the academic program and their respective licensing board.
|Child & Adolescent Services||Location|
|Central County Child and Adolescent Services||Concord|
|Consultation and Assessment Team||Concord|
|Juvenile Assessment and Consultation Services (JACS) Juvenile Hall||Martinez|
|West County Child and Adolescent Services||Richmond|
|Behavioral Health Court||Martinez|
|CCRMC Behavioral Medicine||Martinez|
|CCRMC Psychiatric Emergency Services||Martinez|
|Central County Adult Mental Heatlh Services||Concord|
|West County Adult Mental Health Services||San Pablo|
|Older Adult Services|
|Older Adult Mental Health||Concord|
|Contra Costa County Nursing Internship Program||County wide|
For General Information
Betsy Hanna, PsyD
Intern Program Manager
Contra Costa County Mental Health - Child & Adolescent Services
2425 Bisso Lane Suite 200
Concord, CA 94520
Tel: (925) 521-5767
Fax: (925) 646-5102