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Internship Opportunities

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 detention mental health unit at Juvenile Hall and with First Hope, a program to promote early identification and intervention to prevent psychosis. 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.


The 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 and masters-level psychology 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

Please check the following listings for detailed information about the available placement sites and the application procedure. Contact the Intern Coordinators at each site directly for questions related to that placement site. At this time all placements for September 2016 to June 2017 are filled. We will be accepting applications for placements from September 2017 to June 2018 starting in January 2017. Note: 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
Adolescent & Young Adult Services
First Hope Program Concord
Adult Services
Behavioral Health Court Martinez
Concord Health Center II Concord
Transition Team Martinez
West County Adult Mental Health Services San Pablo
Older Adult Services
Older Adult Mental Health Concord
Nursing Programs
Contra Costa County Nursing Internship Program County wide

For General Information

Betsy Hanna, Psy.D.
Mental Health Program Supervisor
Countywide Intern Training Coordinator
Contra Costa County Mental Health
2425 Bisso Lane, Suite 200
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 521-5767