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 Behavioral Health Division belong to a variety of 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, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, 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. 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 Interns 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 20-25 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 about various topics in mental health and treatment 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. Beginning in January 2017, we will be accepting applications for placements from September 2017 to June 2018. 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|
|East County Child and Adolescent Services||Antioch|
|Behavioral Health Court||Martinez|
|Health, Housing & Homeless Division||Martinez|
|West County Adult Mental Health Services||San Pablo|
|Older Adult Services|
|Older Adult Mental Health||Concord|
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