Join the Y-Team
Y-Team Practicum Training Program
Our longest-standing program provides an intensive clinical training experience to graduate students in psychology and social work programs throughout the Bay Area. Students are placed at public schools throughout the WCCUSD, and provide valuable counseling services to students, along with assessment, crisis intervention, family support, and information and referral services.
Admission to Program
The Y Team accepts 16 trainees each academic school year beginning in late August and ending in June. We accept pre-doctoral candidates seeking their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd clinical practicum, trainees from Bay Area Graduate Schools of Social Work & Counseling and master's level clinicians seeking supervised hours. Our admissions procedures for pre-doctoral candidates conform to BAPIC application deadlines and notification dates. Rolling admission to our practicum begins in February and continues until we are full.
- Training Group - Thursday 9:00am-11 :00am
- Individual Supervision: 1 hour per week
- Group Supervision: 2 hours per week 3;00pm-5:00pm (either Tuesday or Wednesday) Attendance is mandatory for all clinic time trainings
- Total Hours of traineeship Per Week: 16-24
Theoretical Orientation and Clinical Work
Our training and clinical supervision utilizes an integrative approach to meet the needs of our diverse client population. Modalities for client treatment include: psychodynamic psychotherapy, relational skill building, family therapy with a focus on systems theory, expressive techniques including sand-tray therapy, play & drama therapy, art therapy. Our interns and trainees provide up to 10 hours of direct psychotherapy services each week. Most sessions take place at the school site where the trainee has been placed for the academic school year. We currently have clinical placements in four elementary, seven middle schools and six high schools. In addition we see families at our clinic in the evenings.
Common Concerns of Our Clients
- 60%: client has a family member with history of drugs/alcohol use or abuse
- 55%: client has witnessed extreme violence
- 42%: client has history of aggressive behavior
- 41%: client suffers or has suffered from depression or anxiety
- 41%: client expresses fear of violence in the community
- 40%: client has at least one parent deceased/whereabouts unknown
- 35%: client and/or siblings suffer from neglect
- 35%: client has a Child Protective Service report for suspected abuse/ neglect
Diversity & Cultural Competency
Y Team staff members are expected to be sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of clients served by the program. All staff are expected to actively work at being aware of the larger social factors of race and class discrimination that may affect the mental health of clients. This awareness needs to extend to staff members’ own blind spots, lack of knowledge, or prejudices that they may have in relation to people from different backgrounds. The Y Team is dedicated to increasing the cultural competency of mental health clinicians through training, and experience within a culturally diverse community.
Benefits of a Y Team practicum
- YMCA Membership Stipend: $1,000 Per School Year
- Weekly Training Seminar
- Weekly Individual and Group Clinical Supervision
- Excellent Clinical Experience With a Client Population Rich in Cultural Diversity
- The Opportunity to Help Meet the Biopsychosocial Needs of an Under-served Population
- The Opportunity to Work Within a Supportive & Collaborative Program
What Makes the Y Team a Valuable Internship?
"The Y Team is a very supportive environment which provides amazing training, excellent supervision, and a chance to make a difference with Richmond youth. The lessons the children teach us are priceless." Megan K. - Doctoral Student JFK University
"The Y Team is an excellent learning experience. The work is incredibly challenging and pushes one to learn more and understand oneself better. The diversity in educational background of the other interns is immensely valuable." Bryanna MW - SFSU MSW student
"The Y Team provides a unique training experience that combines clinical skills with the educational system that the youth experience in Richmond. They also provide valuable, structured weekly trainings on important community and psychotherapy topics. The staff are very organized and professional." Amber S. - SFSU MFT Counseling Program
"The Y Team has been a fantastic first clinical placement for me. The first thing that appealed to me about the agency was the level of thought and care that was put into the training schedule. I have found each of the trainings to be helpful, and some have been truly profound. The group and individual supervision has been both thought-provoking and challenging, often raising points that I have not considered but need to if I'm going to be a well-rounded clinician." Erin R. - Argosy University Psychology Doctoral student
Application to our 40 week training program can be made by submitting the following materials:
- Cover letter of application
- Names & Telephone numbers of three references who we may call to discuss previous work or training experiences
- Two written references
Please submit materials to: Y Team Mental Health Program 4175 Lakeside Drive, #110 Richmond, CA 94806 United States (P) 510-262-6551 (F) 510-222-7085