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.

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

The internship program, offered by VCBH, is dedicated to enhancing the learning experience for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with which VCBH has an active MOU*. Students receive experience and training in public mental health services, comprehensive clinical experiences, excellent supervision and supplemental seminars and workshops. This internship opportunity is only available for students at the Junior or Senior level, majoring in Psychology, Sociology or other behavioral health field. The practicum provides comprehensive clinical experiences, excellent supervision and supplemental seminars and workshops.

A two semester commitment is required, with a minimum of 400 hours (16 hours/week). Internships begin in September and end in May.

Fact sheet and applications will be posted in March 2022, with a deadline of May 2, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled in May 2022, with placement offers by June 1, 2022.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKER PRACTICUM

The practicum program, offered by VCBH, is dedicated to providing comprehensive training opportunities for students enrolled in Addictive Disorders Studies programs. The practicum provides comprehensive clinical experiences, excellent supervision and supplemental seminars and workshops. In the first semester of the practicum experience, students are oriented to the County Behavioral Health System and observe services in the Substance Use Services programs to ensure exposure to the 13 Competency Domains for Addiction Counselors. In the second semester of their practicum, students are assigned to an out-patient mental health program as a Mental Health Associate Intern to strengthen case management and documentation skill.

A two semester commitment is required, with a minimum of 400 hours (16 hours/week).

All students must have completed the minimum pre-requisite courses in an Addictive Disorders Studies/ Substance Abuse Counselling 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 a practicum 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 are 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.

VCBH was accepting requests for new MOUs with universities within California from August 2021 through November 1, 2021 – as posted on this webpage.

Additional new MOU recruitments for the 2022-2023 academic year may 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: Antioch University (Los Angeles & Santa Barbara), California Lutheran University; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Channel Islands; Pepperdine University, Alliant International University, Fielding Graduate University and, Ventura County Community College District: Oxnard College.