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Older Adult Mental Health

Internship Opportunities


2425 Bisso Ln. Suite 100
Concord, CA 94520

2 Internship Tracks

Intensive Care Management Track

  • 1 MFT or MSW trainee or intern
  • 16–20 hours per week, Monday through Friday
  • Required day: Wednesdays 9am-4pm. Remaining days and times TBD
  • Placement available in September, and can be up to 12 months

Partners in Aging/IMPACT Track

  • 2 MFT or MSW trainees or interns
  • 16–20 hours per week, Monday through Friday
  • Required day: Wednesdays from 9am-4pm. Remaining days and times TBD
  • Placements available for 12 months beginning September 2017

Program Description

Older Adult Mental Health provides a continuum of care to seniors throughout Contra Costa County with teams that provide outreach, engagement, and on-going services to the most imperiled seniors in the county. Our Intensive Care Management Program consists of three multidisciplinary teams who provide community-based services to individuals diagnosed with a chronic and severe mental illness in their homes, board and care homes, shelters, etc. We are seeking 1 intern for the Intensive Care Management Program. This Intern will be working with a multi-disciplinary team, which includes a Geropsychiatrist, Nurse, Mental Health Clinicians and a Community Support Worker. They will gain experience in several areas, including providing case management services to older adults, collaborating with family members and other service providers, and providing crisis intervention/risk assessment as needed. In addition, there can be the opportunity to complete intakes, and provide supportive therapy. This is a field-based position. A stipend will be provided by Contra Costa County.

Older Adult Mental Health integrates the IMPACT Program model in primary care clinics in each region of the county. Short-term cognitive therapy is provided in the clinics to older adults with medical diagnoses of diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, and/ or chronic pain and who additionally show signs of moderate to severe depression and possible suicide risk.

Partners in Aging is a new program funded through Mental Health Services Act Innovation Funds designed to expand the IMPACT Program. We are seeking 2 Interns for the Partners in Aging Program. These Interns will be working with a multi-disciplinary team, which includes a Geropsychiatrist, Mental Health Clinicians, and a Community Support Worker. They will gain experience in several areas, including providing intakes and therapy to older adults using the IMPACT model, offering SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) services to those who screen positive for moderate alcohol misuse, and collaborating with Psychiatric Emergency Services and other outpatient clinics to provide outreach and engagement. Consultation with Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, referrals to community agencies, education, and collaboration with family members and natural supports will also be part of the job duties. This is a field-based position, which will be primarily located in Central County, but will require travel to East and/or West County regions. A stipend will be provided by Contra Costa County.

Also, under Older Adult Mental Health is the Senior Peer Counseling Program, which trains and supervises older adult volunteers to work with seniors throughout Contra Costa County. Senior Peer Counseling includes the English, Spanish, and Chinese speaking volunteer programs. Bilingual and bicultural trainees are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Mail cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation by 4/1/17 to:

Heather Sweeten-Healy, LCSW
Older Adult Mental Health Program
2425 Bisso Ln. Suite 100
Concord, CA 94520
925-521-5620 office
925-521-5639 fax
heather.sweeten-healy@hsd.cccounty.us