Adult Internship Program Descriptions

Adult Services Programs 

Adult Services Internship and Practicum Application Procedures 

Required Application Materials for Adult Services Programs

Berkeley Mental Health (BMH) provides community mental health services for the cities of Berkeley and Albany. Funded mainly by the State of California and the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Mental Health offers a range of services and programs, including assertive community treatment, case management, crisis intervention, group therapy, and psychotherapy for individuals and families of all ages. Clients served by BMH reflect the multicultural diversity of the community.

While many clients are seen in a clinic setting, many clients are also served in a variety of community settings including homes, shelters and the streets. In addition, consultation, education and information regarding mental health problems and interventions is provided in a variety of community-based settings, and has allowed BMH to begin to establish an integrated system of care in the Berkeley/Albany community.

Adult target populations include people with serious psychiatric illnesses, people in crisis, and underserved groups such as ethnic minorities, disaster victims, persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric diagnoses, the elderly, the physically challenged, and the homeless. Service priorities for children and youth include mental disabilities, those at risk for out of home placement, and families involving abuse and neglect.

BMH has a long tradition of being assisted in its work by graduate and post-graduate interns working toward professional licensure. We offer an extensive community mental health training programs within a very diverse community. Interns receive intensive training through individual and group supervision, as well as didactic trainings in a challenging and innovative community mental health setting. Below are detailed descriptions of these programs, positions offered, and application procedures.

Adult Services Programs

Mental health services for adults were started at BMH in 1962 under the state Short-Doyle program. Today, funded primarily through federal Medi-Cal and state Realignment funds, BMH provides public mental health programs for adults in the cities of Berkeley and Albany with severe and acute mental health needs. BMH coordinates with an extensive network of community based organizations. Adult service programs are staffed by over 30 full time mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, as well as by several paraprofessionals and consumer staff. The adult services programs represent the largest component of the Berkeley Mental Health system.

Berkeley Mental Health offers three training opportunities.  These are:

  1. Phoenix Team: This team provides long-term therapeutic and medication services using an individual case management model for adults with psychiatric disorders. The Phoenix team members offer services in the clinic and in community settings (including home visits) when appropriate. Goals such as assistance to clients in stabilizing life circumstances and housing, building social support networks, money management, vocational support, medication management, and improving quality of life are integral to the treatment program. The target population is the seriously and persistently mentally ill individual and those experiencing a first psychiatric hospitalization.

    Intern duties on the Phoenix team may include intake assessments, carrying an individual caseload of psychotherapy and case management clients, group therapy, family support, client advocacy, and medication and community referral coordination.  In addition, during a weekly three hour On Duty shift, staff and interns share duties providing triage, crisis intervention, and referrals to walk in clients in the clinic.

    Trainees and interns must commit to a minimum of 24 hours per week to be selected for this training experience, and must be able to work at least one full 8-hour day as part of those 24 hours.

  2. Mobile Crisis Team (MCT): The Mobile Crisis Team is a unique city program that provides crisis intervention services at locations throughout the community.  The MCT training program provides training in the provision of emergency mental health services and consultation in the clinic setting and in the field, and is divided into two main components: clinic-based work connected to the Phoenix Team, and a weekly shift on the  Mobile Crisis Team.

    On the 
    Mobile Crisis Team (MCT), staff and intern partners are on-call by police radio to intervene in the field in a wide variety of cases such as suicide attempts, 5150 evaluations, victims of crime, domestic disputes and psychiatric emergencies of the homeless, youth, elderly, or disabled. Cases also include follow-up and crisis intervention for clients served by BMH's Phoenix TeamIntensive Services Team, and Family, Youth, and Children's (FYC) Programs. Mobile crisis shifts are 7 hours (4:00 -11:00 p.m. only, weekends included).

    In addition to the Mobile Crisis shift, MCT interns carry a small individual caseload of clients for brief therapy and/or brief case management, and may conduct group therapy. Depending on the number of internship hours, some MCT interns also share On Duty and intake shifts with the Phoenix Team staff (see above). Other training opportunities for MCT interns include homeless outreach. Interns on the Mobile Crisis Team must have at least one year of supervised clinical experience. 

    Trainees and interns must commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week to be selected for this training experience.  Each intern is assigned a specific night out of the seven and will work that night throughout the training year; MCT trainees must be able to work at night in order to participate in the program.  MCT interns are required to attend the weekly Mobile Crisis staff meeting, as well as at least one Phoenix Team staff meeting per week.

All didactic training takes place on Friday afternoons and all trainees and interns must be available to attend.

Adult Services Internship and Practicum Application Procedures

Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Positions (24 hours):

BMH is a CAPIC accredited  training site and follows for CAPIC guidelines. Up to six half-time (24 hour) internship positions are being offered at Adult Services to pre-doctoral psychology applicants.  Applicants must have at least one year of prior supervised experience providing mental health services in a clinic setting.
Interns will be selected to train in one of the two Adult Service training programs described above (The Phoenix Team or Crisis and Specialized Services). Program assignments will be based on the applicant's interests, experience, and need for breadth of training. For students at the internship level, the training year begins September, 2011 and continues through August, 2012.

BMH follows CAPIC deadlines for internship level doctoral trainees.  In selecting interns, we are looking for individuals with a special interest in community oriented mental health services and who have had relevant work and life experiences.  Bi-cultural and bilingual students are encouraged to apply.

Trainee Positions (20 hours):

In addition, up to seven positions are being offered at the practicum, pre-masters level in psychology and social welfare. These positions require a 20 hour per week commitment. We prefer applicants with at least one year of prior supervised experience providing mental health services in a clinic setting, but are flexible in considering applicants at all levels of experience who demonstates interest in our programs and a willingness to learn.

Positions require a  twelve-month commitment beginning September, 2011 and ending August 2012.

In selecting trainees, we are looking for individuals with a special interest in community oriented mental health services and who have had relevant work or life experiences.  These experiences should be highlighted in the letter of interest.  Bi-cultural and bilingual students are encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials for Adult Services Programs

  1. Submit a completed application package.
  2. If you are applying to more than one program, indicate the order of your preference in your letter of intent.
  3. Please submit all of your application materials in one stapled packet.  Only completed application packets will be considered.

Applicants to doctoral internship-level positions at Adult Services must also submit a CAPIC application in addition to the above material. Mail to:

Tenli Yavneh, PsyD., Training Coordinator for Adult Services
Berkeley Mental Health
2640 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA  94704

For further information on any aspect of the Adult Services programs or application process, please contact Dr. Yavneh by e-mail at tyavneh@cityofberkeley.info.  In the subject line include the phrase "Training Information Requested".