Master’s Level Outpatient Therapist Internship – Clinical Focus
Since 1995, Maria Droste Counseling Services has been a site for training of graduate-level students who are seeking a September to May internship doing Outpatient Mental Health therapy in a clinical setting. Students from many different schools like Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Wheelock College, Cambridge College, University of Massachusetts, Lesley University, Bridgewater State University and Eastern Nazarene College have trained at our agency. Each year, two or three graduate student Interns work 2-3 days per week (in accordance with their school’s requirements) to complete their field education.
At Maria Droste Counseling Services, we provide a rich learning experience where our interns can enhance their clinical skills and have the opportunity to be an important part of the day-to-day operations of a small counseling agency. Interns interact with all of our clinical staff who, to a person, welcome them and invite them to sit in on their sessions so they can gain experience seeing multiple therapists’ skill-sets and styles, as well as answer questions and provide resources for the intern. Interns are supervised in their clinical work by a licensed therapist who guides them throughout all phases of the treatment cycle, beginning with assessment and diagnosis, in-session interventions & treatment modalities, crisis intervention, treatment planning and the termination of a client’s chart after therapy has ended. Interns have the opportunity to work with clients who present with a wide range of diagnoses, life stressors, and relationship issues. Interns interested in developing skills in couples and family therapy have this as an option as well.
Our internship program has three foci: The clinical interactions with and treatment of clients; the timely and professional completing of paperwork requirements, including the writing of Diagnostic Assessments, Treatment Plans, and Progress Notes with clarity, accuracy, and the right amount of information that is respectful of clients while also being helpful to other providers; and being part of a team in a non-profit environment which means being included in the ebb and flow of daily activities of the staff as part of the staff.
The goal of our internship program is to produce competent therapists who, by internship’s end, could be hired by us or any agency, working full time with a full caseload, and do so with professional-level competency, able to handle the paperwork requirements. Two of every three interns stay on as a volunteer or part-time staff after their internship is over. They stay on because they embrace our mission, have become competent therapists, and were treated well.