Internship Training Program
Community Intervention Associates is committed to providing quality training to employees in mental
health counseling. Employee training is considered a mutual benefit to the employee and CIA.
Supervising students allows CIA staff the opportunity to assist in the training of future professionals
and, in return, providing well-trained employees who make an invaluable contribution to the
community and to their profession.
Placement of interns will be up to the discretion of the Chief Clinical Administrator, and will take into
consideration the student's academic and field placement requirements, their current academic
learning, as well as site and supervisor availability.
CIA’s Training Program is designed to address the needs of students seeking to complete the internship
requirements of their degree. Placements are individually tailored to meet the learning and career
goals of the student, as well as the objectives established by CIA, CENPATICO and the student's
academic institution. Appropriate duties shall be assigned by the student's supervisor in conjunction
with the student's academic requirements.
Employees/students are expected to demonstrate good writing and communication skills, as well as
appropriate professional behavior and attire. In most cases, interns will be expected to commit to
between 10 and 40 hours per week for at least one semester, depending on school requirements.
Interns are also expected to have a general working knowledge of abnormal psychology and the types
of disabilities seen in a community mental health setting.
Masters level interns are expected to have completed coursework in:
Counseling theories and the model for understanding how people are motivated to change.
Use of the DSM-IV-TR and how to formulate diagnostic impressions.
How to conduct a client interview and prepare a case conceptualization for clinical staffing.
Ethical / professional standards related to the student's field of study and how to recognize and
handle ethical dilemmas
The types of conditions treated in a community mental health setting.
Population-specific education, e.g., child developmental psychology, adolescent psychology,
substance abuse disorders, geriatric treatment, etc.
Students shall be assigned structured tasks consistent with the needs of a beginning level clinician
during their internship. The primary objective of the field placement experience is to expand the
student's clinical and / or administrative knowledge and skills through supervision, training and
Interns accepted for placement must abide by CIA’s practices and procedures. CIA does not permit the
utilization of client identifiable health information for class assignments. Therefore, students may not
take any written, audio-visual, or computer related client information off CIA’s premises. In addition,
faculty advisors are not allowed to observe students with CIA clients. When observation of the student
with the client is a requirement of the internship process, we recommend the student's supervisor be
used to perform that function on behalf of the faculty advisor.
MALPRACTICE / LIABILITY INSURANCE
CIA’s malpractice / liability insurance policy covers students during their field placement at
Community Intervention Associates.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & SCREENING PROCEDURES
1. A completed Intern Placement Application
2. Two (2) professional letters of recommendation
3. Proof of Liability Insurance coverage (if the academic institution does not provide it, the
student is required to obtain liability insurance coverage.)
4. A letter of institutional sponsorship from the internship/practicum advisor which includes a
o Why the faculty advisor believes the student is ready for field placement
o The institution's acceptance of responsibility for the student's placement.
o Academic expectations of field placement experience.
Submitting Completed Application Materials To Community Intervention Associates:
It is recommended that student applicants submit their application as a complete packet rather than
piecemeal to reduce the risk of something getting lost. The application packet should be submitted to
the Chief Clinical Administrator (8) weeks prior to the expected placement start date for
consideration. The Executive Management team shall review the application and make inquiries /
suggestions for a possible placement. No more than two (2) interns a year shall be selected.
Internship applicants shall be notified regarding the status of their application by the Chief or the
Human Resources Director.