Clinical Training Program

Dynamic & Diverse Experience for Postgraduate Mental Health Clinicians

About La Cheim Behavioral Health Services

La Cheim Behavioral Health Services is a non-profit community mental health center. The Valfer Life Renewal

Program is the centerpiece of our facility. The program provides a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for individual adults. We specialize in treating clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar conditions, grief/loss, complex PTSD, sexual/gender identity formation, and thought disorders. We also address issues associated with chemical dependency, recovery, and relapse prevention.

About the Training Program for Pre-Licensed Therapists
We are seeking a post-graduate clinician pursuing licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT), an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), or a Registered Psychologist / Psychological Assistant (PsyD/PhD). This is a paid 3-4 day (24-29 hour) per week position and provides individual and group supervision. The work consists of providing individual, group, and milieu therapy to a population of adult clients who are coping with what is often severe and persistent mental illness, some of whom have a history of drug and alcohol issues. Many clients are accustomed to being stigmatized and blamed for their troubles, making it essential that they experience recovery in a non-pathologizing and respectful community environment. Interns learn about the latest evidence-based modalities while deepening their expertise and compassion in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. 

Our Approach

Treatment is focused on stabilizing seriously at-risk clients as quickly as is reasonably possible. Our program facilitates increased independence from intensive treatment as clients acquire skills in our therapeutic community while building a support network of friends, family, and outpatient providers. Clients have the opportunity to develop and enhance their coping skills, personal goal setting, problem-solving, and stress-reduction techniques. Most of all, clients are encouraged to work together with their peers and providers to foster healing, hope, and renewed vitality. Our work with trauma was recently featured in an East Bay Express story called When Stories Hurt.

Our Professional Staff
La Cheim's psychiatric and therapeutic providers are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities, giving clients the best chance to find the treatment they need with providers they feel they can connect with and trust. Meet our staff.

Expectations & Opportunities

Interns are expected to have a previous history or strong expressed interest in working with this population and in providing group therapy, as well as familiarity with mental health charting and basic computer skills. Applicants must be available Thursdays (mandatory) but the other 2-3 days may be flexible. We ask for a one year commitment. Oakland interns qualify for sick leave benefits but do not qualify for health care. There are presently limited opportunities for family & couples hours and no opportunities for child hours.

Equal Opportunity Employer

As an Equal Opportunity employer, La Cheim is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. The richness of our milieu depends on the diversity of our staff, so we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Learn More and Apply Today!

For more information about our training program, please complete the form below to contact La Cheim's Clinical Director, Michal Falk, PhD (she/her).

Contact Us to Learn More about Postgraduate Clinical Training at La Cheim

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