Psychology Practicum Training

# of openings:   5

DIDI HIRSCH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES                                             
323 N. Prairie Avenue, Suite 325
Inglewood, CA 90301
Phone: (310) 751-5344 (Training Coordinator: Linda Goldsbrough)
Fax: (424) 835-3799
CONTACT: Giselle Collins, Ph. D., Training Psychologist


With more than 70 years of experience, Didi Hirsch provides mental health and substance abuse services in Los Angeles County. Didi Hirsch offers a wide range of services, including crisis intervention and stabilization, individual and group psychotherapy, residential treatment, case management, youth-at-risk and family programs, delinquency prevention programs, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and extensive community outreach. The agency also operates the only free, accredited, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, suicide prevention crisis line from Orange County to Santa Barbara. Given the many divisions/departments of the agency, the population served is broad and representative of the population of Los Angeles. Adults served will often have chronic and persistent mental illness, substance abuse and/or dual diagnosis disorders.

Positions Available for the 2019 – 2020 Training Year:

ADULT SERVICES PROGRAM (2 positions available at the SEPULVEDA CENTER - CULVER CITY location; 1 position available at the INGLEWOOD CENTER location)

The Adult Services programs provide specialized services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness, which have led to frequent hospitalizations and/or homelessness. Diagnoses include Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Practicum students work on multidisciplinary teams in settings such as work, home, hospitals, or courts to help clients remain in the community and achieve the highest possible level of functioning. Activities include intake assessments, treatment planning, individual and group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention.

Practicum students will carry a caseload of up to approximately 8 cases and, when available, one group. Treatment modalities used and taught in the program include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Crisis Intervention, Recovery Principles, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness, to name a few.

Attendance in weekly team meetings and field work is required.             


Children in this program range from 4-18. While the majority of children and adolescents are diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders, clients diagnosed with mood and/or anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders are not uncommon. A significant number of clients are children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Practicum students are involved in intake assessments as well as group, family, and individual therapy. This may include exposure to Trauma-Focused CBT, Seeking Safety, and Family Therapy with the opportunity to conduct cases using these models.

One Child/Family position may focus on training in intervention and assessment with Birth to Five populations.

Attendance in weekly team meetings and staff group supervision is required.


Trainees will provide brief and long term therapy, case management, and group therapy. Trainees will have the opportunity to learn how to provide non-traditional treatment for clients who have otherwise been unsuccessful in therapy. All adult programs require some field work.


Trainees will have one hour per week of individual supervision with a licensed psychologist, or a registered psychologist supervised by a licensed psychologist. Two hours of group supervision with the psychology interns (supervised by a licensed psychologist) are required 2-3 times per month. Practicum students in the Child/Family division will attend an additional two hours of supervision with staff. Training will also include weekly staff meetings, in service and continuing education seminars (which may include readings, didactic training workshops, professional presentations, and case conferences). Students will also present cases in multidisciplinary team meetings attended by psychiatrists, social workers, case managers, care coordinators, and MFT or MSW therapists. Live supervision and/or audio recordings are encouraged during the course of the year.


Much of the work will be done using evidence-based treatments, particularly from a cognitive/behavioral perspective. Most of the psychologists on staff are eclectic or integrative in their approach to client work. There will be opportunities to learn such treatment models as Crisis Intervention, and recovery-oriented treatment with persons with substance abuse problems and PTSD.


A minimum of 2 full days (16 hours) is required. Practicum students start on Wednesday September 11, 2019 and attend a full day orientation. They continue their training through May 31, 2020 at a minimum, and they have the option of continuing through the summer months if desired. Practicum students must be available on site every Wednesday from 9:00AM – 11:00AM for either group supervision with psychology interns, or continuing education. They must also be available to attend one multidisciplinary team meeting once per week. Other requirements are specific to each site.)


Students are given 10 days of leave time (inclusive of vacation, sick days, and professional development time) during the year.


There is a $5,000 annual stipend for students who are fluent in Spanish (for the Sepulveda, Glendale, and Inglewood placements) or fluent in Armenian (for the Glendale placement) and are able to use it in a therapeutic setting. To qualify, you will be required to take a brief language test.


Facilities accommodate students with disabilities.


Students must have at least one practicum placement and approval from their DCT to apply. The agency wants trainees to have basic interviewing and treatment skills, and basic background knowledge of mental disorders, treatment models and treatment processes. Interest in developing clinical experience with individuals with serious mental disorders in a community mental health setting is strongly preferred.


After receiving approval from the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) to apply, interested applicants should prepare the following: a CV, cover letter, an unofficial transcript, and two letters of reference. It is preferred that the application materials be sent electronically by email.

Applicants should express whether they are interested in the Adult Services Program, or Child/Family Services Program. Students may NOT be in both the Adult and Child/Family programs at the same time during the same training year.

Applications should be sent to Giselle Collins, Ph. D., Training Psychologist, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, 323 N. Prairie Avenue, Suite 325, Inglewood, CA 90301, or via email at

Application due date is Friday, March 1, 2019 (postmarked), by 5 p.m. PST. Interviews will be held throughout the month of March 2019. Didi Hirsch makes offers to qualified applicants on the Uniform Notification Day (Monday, April 8, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. PST), and follows the guidelines of the Southern California Association of Psychology Training Programs (SCAPTP).