Training

Current Training Programs

We offer multiple training programs throughout the year. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we have transferred all the training online; unfortunately, we were forced to pause some seminars.

 

Currently, we offer two training programs: the Psychotherapy Training Program, and the Neuropsychology Training Program. In addition, we have a volunteer program (currently at capacity) and the Mentorship program.

 

Volunteer Program (at capacity, waiting list only)
Mentorship Program (at capacity)
Internship Program (2 seats available)
Psychotherapy Training Program (2 seats available)
Neuropsychology Training Program (at capacity, waiting list only)

 

Volunteer Program

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The volunteer program is open all year long. The volunteer program is open to prospective clinicians eligible to register with the BOP or the BBS and able to commit for about 10 hours per week. The goal is to train skilled interns to develop a genuinely ethical and integrated approach to serving the community while excelling in their profession. It privileges license-eligible candidates by exposing them to a culturally diverse population while learning how to treat a wide range of comorbid mental and medical conditions often overlooked. Examples of current clients include homeless individuals diagnosed with chronic diabetes and schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Guillain-Barré syndrome in low socio-economic families, advanced dementia and chronic pain among the geriatric population, and many others.
The volunteer program also aims to provide affordable individual and family counseling to people who do not have the resources to access private care to receive specialty behavioral treatments.

Admission
Prospective therapists (interns and licensed) are welcome to apply. Selection of the best candidates who match the purpose and goals of the volunteer program are selected once per month.

Procedure
Clinicians who intend to participate must register using the below button

Requirements & Qualification

1) AMFT/ACSW/APCC:

  • A Master's degree and current registration with the BBS
  • At least ~500 hours of direct client care
  • A computer with the following characteristics:
    • fast internet connection
    • a laptop (or desktop) computer with at least an i5 CPU processor
    • A pair of headphones (with microphone)
    • A webcam
  • Letter of recommendation (must be letterhead and hand-signed) from your supervisor indicating:
    • Location of your practicum or internship, including starting date and end date
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of individual psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision)
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of couples psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision)
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of family psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision)
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of group psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision)
    • Any complaint received from clients in your care and how it was resolved.
  • Good standing with the BBS.
  • Absence of any board complaint.
  • Availability to volunteer for at least 10 hours per week (excludes supervision and seminars)
  • Must commit for at least 12 months
  • A copy of the DSM-5 manual.
  • A copy of your transcript sent directly to our office from your school
  • Application form
  • A non-refundable administrative fee of $35

2) Psychologists:

  • Master's degree and current enrollment in a doctoral psychology program, or completion of a Doctoral program in psychology from a regionally accredited university.
  • At least ~750 hours of direct client care.
  • A computer with the following characteristics:
    • fast internet connection,
    • a laptop (or desktop) computer with at least an i5 CPU processor
    • A pair of headphones (with microphone)
    • A webcam
  • Letter of recommendation (must be letterhead and hand-signed) from your supervisor indicating:
    • Location of your practicum or internship, including starting date and end date, and number of hours of direct clients' care (excludes supervision and charting)
  • Absence of any board complaint
  • Availability to volunteer for at least 10 hours per week (excludes supervision and seminars)
  • Must commit for at least 12 months
  • A copy of your transcript sent directly to our office  from your school
  • Application form
  • A non-refundable administrative fee of $35

3) Licensed clinicians:

  • Must be licensed in California as a Psychologist, LMFT, LCSW, or LPCC;
  • Be in good standing with the licensing board
  • Have your liability insurance
  • Absence of board complaints
  • A computer with the following characteristics:
    • fast internet connection
    • a laptop (or desktop) computer with at least an i5 CPU processor
    • a pair of headphones (with microphone)
    • a webcam

Location
Remote/online.

Access
Each volunteer receives a username and a password to access our dedicated Electronic Health Record system (EHR), a dedicated area with free resources, a personal phone extension number for clients' contact, and free supervision.

Technology for the training program
A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader (R)
A fast internet connection (20Mb+ connection advisable)
A USB headset with a microphone. A basic headset in the $30 range works well. [Generally, the built-in microphone of a laptop does not provide a smooth 2-way communication with the instructor or the classmates]
A 1080 webcam 
A laptop or desktop computer with the following minimum characteristics:

  •  an i3 (10th Gen) or better CPU processor
  • at least 4Gb of ram (8Gb suggested)
  • a screen with a display size of at least 15.6" (suggest display size of 22" or larger is advisable to see the instructor's spreadsheet and the stimulus book)

Note: no minimum number of hours/clients are guaranteed per week (or per month). Supervision is provided as required in compliance with State's requirements. The Volunteer program is not a training program and does not provide didactic seminars or case conferences. For training programs, scroll down on this page or call our office at 626-354-6440.

This program is a good match for those who have already provided psychotherapy to individuals in the past few months, and need to fine-tune their skills or just a few hours to sit for the license. 

All interns must be board registered or eligible for registration.

Enroll

 

 

 

Psychotherapy Training Program

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Objectives
Our training program aims to prepare interns to function independently as psychologists in a multicultural community like the city of Los Angeles, showing the highest ethical standards while learning and applying essential and specific mental health techniques when delivering psychological treatments to clients. The PTP explores how to diagnose and treat psychiatric and psychological conditions, such as mood disorders (ex. Bipolar, depression…), psychosis (ex. schizophrenia), personality disorders, autism, and ethical issues, like dual relationships, breach of confidentiality, subpoena, expert testimony…

The training comprises a unique learning experience that focuses on building individual skills and a practical supervised application of therapeutic concepts to prepare the trainees to work with adult and young adult populations. The program is an intensive, year-long, full-immersion training program that integrates knowledge, applied skills, competence in individual and group therapy, and encouragement to move steadily toward the full internship program or licensure. All training is goals-directed, and subjective review is provided periodically to highlight each candidate's strengths and weaknesses to increase personal competencies and individual talents. 

Admission
We accept applications from the 1st of October until the 1st of June, for the program that starts in September. Prospective candidates need to apply using this below button (Enroll). 

Requirements & Qualification

- AMFT/ACSW/APCC: 

  • A Master's degree and current registration with the BBS;
  • At least 150 hours of direct clients care.
  • A computer with the following characteristics:
    • fast internet connection,
    • a laptop (or desktop) computer with at least an i5 CPU processor
    • A pair of headphones (with microphone)
    • A webcam
  • Letter of recommendation (must be letterhead and hand-signed) from your supervisor indicating:
    • Location of your practicum or internship, including starting date and end date;
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of individual psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision);
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of couples psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision);
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of family psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision);
    • Number of hours of direct clients' care of group psychotherapy or counseling (excludes supervision);
    • Any complaint received from clients in your care and how it was resolved.
  • Good standing with the BBS.
  • Absence of any board complaint.
  • Must commit for at least 10 months
  • A copy of the DSM-5 manual.
  • A copy of your transcript sent directly to our office from your school
  • Application form
  • A non-refundable administrative fee of $35

- Psychologists: 

  • Master's degree and current enrollment in a doctoral psychology program, or completion of a Doctoral program in psychology from a regionally accredited university.
  • Eligible for board registration
  • A computer with the following characteristics:
    • fast internet connection,
    • a laptop (or desktop) computer with at least an i5 CPU processor
    • A pair of headphones (with microphone)
    • A webcam
  • Absence of any board complaint.
  • Must commit for at least 10 months
  • A copy of the DSM-5 manual.
  • A Copy of your transcript sent directly to our office  from your school (if pursuing registration with the BOP)
  • Application form
  • A non-refundable administrative fee of $35
  • Access to a local library

Schedule
The Psychotherapy Training Program meets for three hours every other week, of which one hour to one and a half hours is dedicated to the didactic, and one and a half to two hours are dedicated to influential cases and clinical practice. It goes from September to June.

Commitment
The average student dedicates about 4-7 hours per week to reviewing the seminars and reading the assigned material. Interns dedicate 18 to 20 hours per week of direct client care. Clinicians who are available to accept more referrals can discuss their schedule with the program manager, Elaine. All interns must attend weekly supervision if they are registered with the board.

Cost
The fee for the psychotherapy program is $4,500, and monthly installments are available to all students. A deposit of $1,500 by June 01 is required to secure your seat. Monthly payments of $300 are due by the 5th of each month.

Licensure
Supervision, direct patient care and group didactic/seminars participate to accrue supervised experience for licensure.

Location and format
The program is delivered online.

Access
Each intern receives a username and a password to access our Electronic Health Record system, a dedicated area with free resources, a personal phone extension number for clients' contact, and free supervision.

Technology for the training program
A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader (R)
A fast internet connection (20Mb+ connection advisable)
A USB headset with a microphone. A basic headset in the $30 range works well. [Generally, the built-in microphone of a laptop does not provide a smooth 2-way communication with the instructor or the classmates]
A 1080 webcam 
A laptop or desktop computer with the following minimum characteristics:

  •  an i3 (10th Gen) or better CPU processor
  • at least 4Gb of ram (8Gb suggested)
  • a screen with a display size of at least 15.6" (suggest display size of 22" or larger is advisable to see the instructor's spreadsheet and the stimulus book)


Enroll

 

 

Neuropsychology Training Program

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Overview
The aim of the Neuropsychology Training Program is to help students develop expertise in the analysis and clinical understanding of the relationship between the brain's pathology and human behavior. The NTP emphasizes the evaluation and assessment of specific neurological and neuropsychological conditions, such as memory functioning (ex. Alzheimer-dementia), motor functioning (ex. Parkinson’s disease), cognitive abilities (ex. Mental retardation), brain injuries (ex. sports concussions, car accidents), and other brain-based conditions, such as genetic (ex. Prader-Will syndrome) and congenital problems. Interns are exposed to Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropathology, and Psychopharmacology. One seminar will focus on neuroimaging (MRI, PET, CT-scan). Clinical applications include clinical and forensic Neuropsychological Assessment, Evaluations, and Interpretation of results.

Objectives

Upon completion of the training program, interns will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of functional neuroanatomy associated with neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • demonstrate familiarity with major neuropsychological theories, including the Luria and the CHC model
  • demonstrate competency in applying neuropsychological assessment to three case studies
  • select, administer, and interpret common neuropsychological instruments such as WAIS-IV, WMS-IV, CVLT-3, PAI, RCFT, Vineland-3, Celf-5, etc.
  • conceptualize the results to answer referral questions

Admission
We accept applications from the 1st of October until the 1st of June of the following year, for the program that starts in September. Prospective candidates need to apply using this button below (Enroll). 

Requirements & Qualification

- Psychologists: 

  • Master's degree and current enrollment in a doctoral psychology program, or completion of a Doctoral program in psychology from a regionally accredited university.
  • Eligible for board registration
  • Absence of any board complaint
  • Must commit for at least 10 months
  • A copy of your transcript sent directly to our office  from your school (if pursuing registration with the BOP)
  • Application form
  • A non-refundable administrative fee of $35
  • Access to a local library
  • Class material

Schedule
The Neuropsychology Training Program meets for 4-5 hours every other week, 1.5 hours of training, and 2.5 to 3 hours for practice/test administration. It goes from September to June. 

Commitment
The average student dedicates about 6-8 hours per week to reviewing the seminars and reading the assigned material. Clinicians providing assessments to adults and seniors, dedicate an average of 15 to 20 hours per week to administration, report-writing, and feedback activities. Weekly supervision is mandatory if the intern is registered with the board. Clinicians who are available to accept more referrals can discuss their schedule with the program manager, Elaine. All interns must attend weekly supervision.

Cost
The fee for the Neuropsychology Training Program is $7,910, and monthly installments are available to all students. A deposit of $1,500 by June 1st, is required to secure your seat. Monthly payments of $641 are due by the 5th of each month.

Licensure
Supervision, direct patient care and group didactic/seminars participate to accrue supervised experience for licensure.

Location and format
The program is delivered online.

Technology for the training program
A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader (R)
A fast internet connection (20Mb+ connection advisable)
A USB headset with a microphone. A basic headset in the $30 range works well. [Generally, the built-in microphone of a laptop does not provide a smooth 2-way communication with the instructor or the classmates]
A 1080 webcam 
A laptop or desktop computer with the following minimum characteristics:

  •  an i3 (10th Gen) or better CPU processor
  • at least 4Gb of ram (8Gb suggested)
  • a screen with a display size of at least 15.6" (suggest display size of 22" or larger is advisable to see the instructor's spreadsheet and the stimulus book)

Access
Each intern receives a username and a password to access our Electronic Health Record system, a dedicated area with free resources, a personal phone extension number for clients' contact, and free supervision.


Enroll

 

DUAL PROGRAM

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Interns interested in enrolling in the Dual Program (Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology) can register for both programs at the discounted fee of $10,250.

The dual program integrates the Psychotherapy experience with the Neuropsychology expertise. It allows a broader and more in-depth acquisition of specialty tools often scattered individually in counseling or neuropsychological evaluations (such as therapeutic assessments).

A deposit of $2,500 is due by June 1st. The training starts in September. Monthly payments of $775 are due on the 5th of each month. 


Enroll