Volunteer School Based Counselor - We have opportunities available in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas.
Looking for an internship/practicum? A question you should ask when considering agencies today is, will the agency be in operation next year? Why? The Coronavirus pandemic has caused many businesses to close its doors. The mental health industry has typically been a financially fragile business. It’s possible as many as 40% or more mental health agencies may not be able to recover and provide previously offered services; this includes internship and practicum opportunities.
This is one of the reasons you should consider Outreach Concern. We have been a successful established school-based counseling agency for 27 years with a history of financial stability. We’ve trained over 9,000 interns and have over 350 placements available throughout Southern California. The Coronavirus pandemic may permanently or temporarily impact many mental health services and agencies as well as those interns who relied on them for training and supervision. Outreach Concern, however, has continued in its operation, servicing its clients and continued supporting over 250 interns meet their educational goals throughout these challenging times.
As a result of our history and fiscal responsibility, we continue to meet the needs of the students and clients we serve. Below are some additional reasons to consider an internship with Outreach Concern.
Who & What is Outreach Concern?
Outreach Concern, Inc.is the largest non-profit, school-based counseling agency in Southern California. We have provided over 9,000 internship opportunities working with children and adolescents experiencing social, emotional, academic, behavioral and mental health problems impacting their ability to learn and succeed in and outside a classroom environment for over 27 years. During that time, we’ve worked in 894 schools and provided services for 500,000 children and families.
What will you do as a counselor?
Outreach Concern counselors see children and families from diverse backgrounds and for a multitude of reasons. Children may have ADHD, ASD, Social Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Depression or Attachment issues. They may experience suicidal ideation, cutting, poor attention, low grades, or be affected by divorce, loss or trauma. The socioeconomic level of the communities we service range from affluent to poverty level.
Each year we have over 250 internship opportunities throughout Southern California.
Provide individual face-to-face counseling
Facilitate and maintain a positive counseling environment
Conduct group counseling in the area of social skills, behavioral issues or emotional issues
Observe students in their classroom environment
Conduct playground observations
Make presentations to classrooms
Prepare and maintain appropriate documentation
Provide clinical assessments and periodic clinical evaluations
Coordinate and communicate with faculty working with the student to assure consistency and collaboration
Communicate with student’s family to assure that they are engaged and informed
Assure that client records are maintained according to all state, federal, and accreditation guidelines
What are the benefits of working an internship through Outreach Concern?
At Outreach Concern, you will have the opportunity to work closely with a Regional Field Supervisor whose responsibility it is to manage, train, and provide support to you throughout your internship. Interns receive strong clinical supervision from over 45 licensed clinical supervisors, psychologists, social workers and MFTs with varied backgrounds throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Our counselors have an immediate caseload of clients. Interns enjoy the flexibility of their school’s holiday schedule with no weekend requirements. In addition, you will gain valuable hands-on experience that will enhance your education and increase your marketability upon attaining your license. Outreach Concern guarantees a minimum of 680 hours during a 10-month internship, an opportunity no other internship can offer, and provides paid malpractice insurance.
What are the requirements for attaining this internship?
Successful candidates must be in school for Masters or Doctoral degree or be an associate level MFT, SW, or PCC. Interns must be able to work at least two days per week at the school site and attend two 2-hour group clinical supervisions each week.
We are seeking motivated and responsible college students or professionals looking to gain experience working in a school setting. Prior interning experience is not a requirement, but we do require you have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. A potential intern should be comfortable working independently but also working under the direction of a supervisor. Outreach Concern values and respects cultural and individual differences and seeks interns who are committed to their continued personal and professional growth as clinicians.
Interns will be required to pass Live Scan background check. Required attendance is expected at two-day training in September, one-day training in October, and one-day training in November. Positions begin in August/September and end in May/June. This is an unpaid internship.
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