The Teaching Clinic: The Equal Footing Program
The goal of The Family Development Center’s Teaching clinic is to recruit and train therapists to be clinically adept, relation-ally and systemically minded, and culturally competent.
The Family Development Center’s Teaching Clinic will do the following:
- Develop new therapists through curiosity, compassion and reflection. We expect new therapists to be curious about their clients and themselves, compassionate about the experiences of others, and reflective about how the therapeutic work impacts them personally and professionally.
- Encourage difficult conversations. The Family Development Center will expect that new therapists and staff will engage in conversations that will stretch their levels of comfort, remembering that learning and empathy occurs in those painful places.
- Train new therapists with current information, skills, and knowledge necessary to grow personally and professionally
- Build a sense of community in which new therapists and staff feel heard and supported
- Embrace all forms of diversity by offering culturally relevant training experiences
At The Family Development Center we offer a practice of therapy called “co-therapy” with families and couples. This means, some of our clients have the benefit of working with two therapists. A co-therapy team may be made up of a therapist and an Intern therapist or two intern therapists. Co-therapy is at the heart of The Family Development Center Teaching Clinic. This therapeutic model has been researched, studied and documented as an effective method to conduct therapy with individuals, groups, couples and families.
Here are some of the benefits of co-therapy:
- Promotes not practicing therapy in isolation
- Allows therapists to share the workload (clinical documents and continuum of care)
- Allows for multiple perspectives
- Two therapist are more likely to reduce crisis that can occur during session
- Increased diversity in the room (i.e., gender, life experience, ethnicity, communication style, etc.)
- The co-therapy relationship is a live example of relationships (it’s an opportunity for clients to witness and experience success, allows for modeling of healthy relationships).
- In situations where both therapists are not able to be present, one of the therapists can meet with the client to ensure the client’s needs are met in a timely manner.
Graduate student interns are an integral part of The Family Development Center. As part of the intern’s experience, The Family Development Center will offer training, supervision, co-therapy teams, individual, couples and play therapy opportunities and videotaping. The Family Development Center is committed to creating an environment that is based on trust, learning and compassion.
Applications are due by EOD May 01, 2020
Internships run from August 26th 2020 to August 27th, 2021
In-office and in-home therapy settings: Interns will have the opportunity to observe and practice therapy in a clinical office setting as well as in client homes.
Co-therapy teams: Interns work with therapists in teams to provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Additionally, MFT and MSW interns work as a team to best meet the needs of client assessment and diagnosis.
Individual and Play therapy: Interns will have a caseload of their own. They will meet with individuals, couples and children. Interns will video tape their sessions to be observed in their intern group as well as with their supervisor.
Videotaping: The Family Development Center has cameras in every therapy office. This allows for all therapists to video tape their sessions (with client consent). Interns can watch videos and learn different styles of therapy as well as follow several different cases throughout the year.
Consultation: The Family Development Center therapists meet weekly for case consultation. This is an opportunity to staff cases, build relationships, receive/learn about additional training opportunities, and stay updated with necessary announcements. We run these meetings in a structured format. Therapists are also encouraged to consult with each other as needed outside of the weekly group consultation.
Supervision: Interns have a supervisor on site with whom they will meet weekly for one-hour.
- One hour of individual supervision per week
- Two hours of group supervision twice a month
- One-and-a-half hours of group consultation twice a month
- In-home clients, minimum of 4.5 hours
- Expected minimum of 20 hours per week for combined administrative work, office agency duties, co therapy, client contact hours, supervision, and consultation
- Applications consist of a formal cover letter and resume from MFT, MSW, LPCC, and are due by EOD May 1, 2020.
- All applicants go through an interview process that consists of an individual interview with several The Family Development Center staff members.
- Final selections are made and applicants will be notified mid-May 2020.