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First Hope: Early Identification & Intervention to Prevent Psychosis

Internship Opportunities


1043 Oak Grove Road
Concord, CA 94518

Two Internship Tracks-Clinical and Rehabilitation

Clinical Track (2 positions)

  • MSW/MFT Intern/post-Masters’ degree positions.
  • 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.
  • placement begins Sept. 4, 2014 and ends June 19, 2015.

Rehabilitation Track (1 position)

  • MSW or Masters’ degree in Counseling or Rehabilitation- 2nd year Practicum position.
  • 20-28 hours per week. Required days are Tuesday 9-5 pm, Thursday 12-5 pm, and the 3rd Wednesday of each month 9 am-12 pm.
  • Placement begins Sept. 4, 2014 and ends June 19, 2015 (can be arranged for full 12 months).

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.

All interns will participate in clinical consultation as an active member of a multi-disciplinary team. Interns 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. In addition, additional telephone supervisions are scheduled regularly with national consultants in the areas of assessment, multifamily group therapy, clinical topics, outreach, and education and vocational intervention.

Clinical interns can expect to participate in all aspects of treatment including multifamily groups, individual and family therapy, phone screening, case management and observing assessments.

Rehabilitation interns may participate in any of the above activities, with an overall goal of promoting daily functioning. The intern will work closely with our Occupational Therapist and Vocational/Educational Specialists to develop and effect treatment plans to enhance functional capacity.

To Apply

Mail cover letter, resume and 3 letters of recommendation by February 21, 2014 to:
Phyllis Mace, M.F.T.
Acting Program Supervisor
First Hope Clinic
1034 Oak Grove Road
Concord, CA 94518
925-681-4453
Phyllis.mace@hsd.cccounty.us