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Behavioral Health Staff: Intern & Trainee Program


Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Intern/Trainee Program

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) offers comprehensive behavioral health services to adults with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse concerns and severely emotionally-disturbed youth and families. We offer services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in inpatient, outpatient, and outreach programs, through our multidisciplinary staff of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, MFTs, Interns, Trainees, and Peer Support positions.

General Information

San Mateo County’s training programs provide training opportunities for approximately 60-75 psychology interns, masters-level trainees, alcohol and drug certificate program students, and psychiatric residents each year. Students are welcome to attend any of the five didactic training seminars throughout the county. There are bi-monthly psychiatric grand rounds that are open to all staff and students. Regular in-service training and specialized staff training are also available for students to attend.

Cultural Stipend Internship Program

Cultural Stipends are available for those who are able to help provide services to underserved populations within our system of Older Adult, Adult, and Youth Services. Each stipend is up to $7,000 for a student who works 24 hours or more in their placement. Stipends will be pro-rated if the student works between 20-24 hours per week. (Students who work less than 20 hours per week at their placement do not qualify for the stipend). Recipients of the stipend will also be required to participate in a Health Equity Initiative project/program as negotiated between the trainee/intern and the HEI co-chair.

*NEW* 2022-2023 Cultural Stipend Internship Program

2016 Cultural Stipend Internship Program Final Projects:

2015 Cultural Stipend Internship Program Final Projects:

Martha Zamudio
Florina Petcu
Jessica Valencia
Johnson Ma
Kim Nguyen
Marcella Kreysa
Marissa Brun
Tatiana Padilla

Placement Opportunities

Some opportunities are with our Regional Clinics, which serve adults and youth within a geographic area. Other opportunities are with units that serve specialized populations of older adults, adults and youth throughout the County. Along with the required supervision hours, trainees have weekly didactic seminars and are included in clinical case consultations and in-service training.

Please see the relevant information packet for your discipline. We are now accepting applications for FY 17/18 placements.

Field Placements for MFT, MSW, and Alcohol and Drug Certification Program Students

For information about field placements for current students, read the  MFT MSW Placements FY 19-20 for a detailed review of each placement. BBS registered MSW and MFT graduates interested volunteering for licensing hours and supervision can also review these materials to see which sites work with post-graduates.

Practicums for Doctoral Students

For students in Doctoral Programs who are looking for practicum placements, please see Doctoral Level Placements FY 19-20

Pre- or Post-Doc CAPIC Internships

For Doctoral students who are seeking Pre-Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Internship placement, see the San Mateo Medical Center Psychology Training Program.

Please note: we are a member of California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC) and follow their guidelines and procedures.