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First Hope: Early Identification & Intervention to Prevent Psychosis

Internship Opportunities


1043 Oak Grove Road
Concord, CA 94518

Clinical Track

  • One MSW/MFT Intern/post-Masters degree position
  • 32-40 hours per week. Required days are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am-5 pm, and the 3rd Wednesday of each month 9am-12pm, and bimonthly evening groups.
  • Placement begins September 2015 and ends June 2016.

Program Description

First Hope is a Contra Costa Mental Health program aimed at identification and early intervention with young people with early signs of psychosis in order to prevent the emergence of a psychotic disorder. The program utilizes the PIER Model (Portland Identification and Early Referral) which has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for reducing the incidence of psychosis. First Hope Clinicians have received training and ongoing consultation to insure fidelity to this model. Interns will have the opportunity to participate and learn from clinicians trained by leading experts in this field. We provide services to all Contra Costa County residents, ages 12-25, who are found to be at risk for developing psychosis as measured by the Structured Interview for Psychosis Risk Syndromes (SIPS), a formal assessment measure. The program activities include outreach and education to the community, phone screening, formal assessments, and a family-based treatment program for those who are identified to be at risk.

Intern will participate in clinical consultation as an active member of a multi-disciplinary team. Intern will provide collateral contact with community agencies and complete appropriate record-keeping/progress notes. Some field work in clients’ homes and educational settings is expected. There is a minimum of 3-4 hours of supervision and training-related meetings each week: Individual Supervision, 1 hour; Case Conference, 1½ hours; and Group Supervision, 1 hour. Intern can expect to participate in all aspects of treatment including multifamily groups, individual and family therapy, phone screening, case management and observing assessments.

To Apply

Mail cover letter, resume and 3 letters of recommendation by 4/1/15 to:

Phyllis Mace, M.F.T.
Program Supervisor
First Hope Clinic
1034 Oak Grove Road
Concord, CA 94518
925-681-4453
Phyllis.mace@hsd.cccounty.us