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Mental Health Internship

Job Title: Mental Health Intern 

Department: Clincal Health 

Reports to: Clinical Director

Position summary: The mental health intern will be trained to provide culturally competent and trauma-informed mental health services to individuals ages 18-24 at Covenant House Georgia, who are participating in all services for homeless youth: Shelter, Rights of Passage Program, and Community Service Center.

Major tasks, responsibilities, & expectations:

  1. Engagement in approximately 5-10 hours per week of direct clinical contact
  2. Observing assessment/counseling sessions (Initial phase of training)
  3. Perform clinical activities with increasing levels of autonomy
  4. Utilize structured skill development exercises and experiences (i.e. role-playing, video/audio taping sessions, process recordings)
  5. Conduct culturally competent therapy
  6. Maintain individual case load consisting of individual therapy clients
  7. Learn and apply trauma-informed therapy
  8. Develop case conceptualization skills
  9. Co-lead or lead group psychotherapy or psychoeducation sessions
  10. Demonstrate the capacity to integrate and apply theoretically sound approaches to therapeutic interventions
  11. Learn how to develop and implement treatment goals
  12. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  13. Give and receive feedback regarding clinical cases with supervisors
  14. Engage in case presentations to multidisciplinary staff in team meetings
  15. Attend educational didactics/seminars to supplement clinical knowledge
  16. Engage in research protocols where opportunities exist
  17. Documents all service contacts on a timely basis, preferably after every session
  18. Participates in regular interdisciplinary staff meetings and coordinates services with other providers
  19. Meets weekly with agency Clinical Director for supervision
  20. Supports in the development of discharge plans, as it relates to mental health for clients

Essential knowledge & abilities:

Working knowledge of the nature of serious mental illness and related treatment modalities, interventions, and techniques as it relates to target population.  Understanding of trauma informed care, DSM V criteria related to PTSD & Major Depression, Youth Homelessness (nationally and locally), Reaching Teens Curriculum (CHI specific), and Community resources for homeless youth seeking mental health services.

Youth served:

  • Youth who are receiving brief therapy in emergency shelter (18-21 yo).
  • Youth who are receiving therapy in independent living program (18-24 yo).
  • Youth who enter emergency shelter from hospital or mental health facility.

To apply: Please send resume to Georgina Dumay at gdumay@covenanthouse.org


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