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Mental Health Internships & Training

If you’re an MFT, MSW, or PsyD graduate student or post-grad passionate about working with and developing expertise in treating LGBTQ+ people, we invite you to consider our Mental Health Services Trainee/Internship Program.

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This Is Your Chance to Learn from the Leaders in LGBTQ+ Care—and to Develop Queer-Competent Skills That Will Inform Your Practice.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is a private, non-profit human services agency federally qualified health clinic. We welcome 500,000 visits from ethnically diverse youth and adults each year, and our mental health client population consists primarily of adults from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations who present with the full range of mental health concerns. Many of our patients are are economically disenfranchised.

The Mental Health Services Department (MHS), established in 1969, is one of the Center’s oldest programs.  Initially providing predominantly peer counseling services, MHS has grown into a professional program utilizing the services of more than 100 individuals, including paid staff clinicians, psychiatrists, mental health interns, trainees, and practicum students. MHS is an important training site for future mental health professionals and enjoys the active support of the mental health community in Los Angeles County.

FAQs & More Information

Direct/Indirect Services

Psychotherapy services include individual, couples, and, infrequently, family therapy.  Modalities include crisis intervention and short-term psychotherapy. Various groups are also offered, specializing in family violence, anger management, substance use recovery, body image, sexual compulsivity, intimacy issues, trans and non-binary individuals, healthy relationships, and groups for sexual assault survivors, among others. Services are provided in person and via telehealth. Onsite consultations with psychiatrists and medical providers are available, including a monthly, multidisciplinary case conference in which interns/trainees/practicum students are invited to participate. 

Theoretical Orientation
Time Commitment
Application Procedure
Additional Information

Please Complete the Form Below or Reach Out to:

Counselor Application – Mental Health Services’ Trainee/Practicum/Internship Program

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Please attach a resume or CV to this application. Complete the application form even if it duplicates information contained in your resume or CV. Expected Time Commitment All Trainees/Interns will be expected to make a one-year (12 month) commitment of 16 – 20 hours per week. All training students must be able to attend the initial training (approximately 40 hours) September through mid-November (days/times TBD).

Note: Individuals who have been clients of MHS within the past four years are not eligible to apply to the Internship Program. Adding your full name above implies that you have answered all of the above questions fully and to the best of your knowledge; that you have read and understand the expected time commitment; and that you grant permission to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Mental Health Services program to verify any information provided in this application.
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