TRAINING & INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

PSYCHOLOGY PRE-DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP

Currently, Ventura County Behavioral Health does not offer clinical training for Pre-doctoral Interns. Post-doctoral opportunities are provided within the department in the form of employment.

One would apply for these experiences through the Ventura County Human Resources website at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ventura. The job classification is: Staff Psychologist.

DOCTORAL PRACTICUM

Ventura County Behavioral Health provides doctoral-level practicum opportunities in an outpatient public mental health setting for PhD/PsyD students enrolled in a graduate PhD/PsyD program with which VCBH has an active MOU*.

Advanced students with previous mental health experience and/or previous practicum hours are given priority in the recruitment process due to the severity of our population.

  • Fact Sheet – Doctoral Practicum
  • Application will be posted by mid-January 2021, with a deadline of March 1, 2021. Interviews will be offered in March 2021, with placement notification by April 1, 2021.

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER CLINICAL TRAINING

Currently, there are no openings for PMHNP training positions. For any questions about possible future opportunities you can contact vcbh.internships@ventura.org.

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK INTERNSHIP

Ventura County Behavioral Health provides internship opportunities in a variety of outpatient mental health clinics and program located throughout the County of Ventura for MSW students enrolled in a graduate MSW program with which VCBH has an active MOU*. Students receive experience and training in public mental health services.

Associate (ACSW) opportunities are provided within the department in the form of employment. One would apply for these experiences through the Ventura County Human Resources website at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ventura. The job classification is: Behavioral Health Clinician I/II.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY OR PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELING TRAINEESHIP

Ventura County Behavioral Health provides traineeship opportunities in outpatient public mental health for students enrolled in graduate MFT or PCC programs with which VCBH has an active MOU*. The department follows all state licensing regulations and educational requirements. Students receive experience and training in public mental health services.

AMFT or APCC Associate opportunities are provided within the department in the form of employment. One would apply for these experiences through the Ventura County Human Resources website at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ventura. The job classification is: Behavioral Health Clinician I/II.

  • Fact Sheet – Traineeship
  • Application will be posted by mid-January 2021, with a deadline of April 1, 2021. Interviews will be offered in April 2021, with placement notification by May 1, 2021.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATE INTERNSHIP / SUBSTANCE USE SERVICES INTERNSHIP

Behavioral Health Worker Practicum: The practicum program, offered by VCBH, is dedicated to providing comprehensive training opportunities for students enrolled in Substance Abuse Counseling programs. The practicum provides comprehensive clinical experiences, excellent supervision (by supervisors who meet regulatory agency supervision requirements) and supplemental seminars and workshops. Students are assigned to an out-patient mental health program as a Mental Health Associate intern (based on interest and availability) and rotate through Substance Use Services programs to ensure exposure to the 13 Competency Domains for Substance Abuse Counselors. All students must have completed the minimum pre-requisite courses in an Addictive Disorders Studies/ Substance Abuse Counseling program and be currently enrolled in a field experience course in a school with which VCBH has an active Memorandum of Understanding (Beginning 2021, VCBH is happy to provide an internship opportunity in partnership Ventura County Community College District: Oxnard College).

For any questions regarding possible future opportunities you can contact vcbh.internships@ventura.org.

* Due to county resources focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, there a fewer internship/practicum positions open for students. Further, Memorandum of Understanding documents (MOUs) between VCBH and universities have had to be amended. The updated MOU must be in place before we can offer a student an interview. New MOU recruitments will occur after interviews of candidates from schools with which there is an existing MOU (if there are still openings following Spring interviews).

Current schools with which Ventura County Behavioral Health has an active MOUs are: California Lutheran University; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Channel Islands; Pepperdine University; Antioch University; Pepperdine University; Fielding Graduate University; and, Ventura County Community College District: Oxnard College.