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Student Intervention Team

Clinical Internship Program: Supporting Emerging Mental Health Professionals

The Student Intervention Team (SIT) recruits, trains and supervises a yearly cohort of approximately 50-60 graduate-level clinical interns. These emerging mental health professionals provide individual and group school-based mental health support to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). They are Master’s or post-Master’s level graduate students in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Professional Clinical Counseling from prestigious universities nationwide. Interns have the opportunity to pursue research endeavors and can fulfill hours to earn a Pupil Personnel Service Credential. Many interns go on to utilize their training as SFUSD employees upon completion of their internship. For more information, contact SIT at (415) 242-2615 or siteam@sfusd.edu.

 

  • Intern with a High School Wellness Center!

    The purpose of the Wellness Center Program is to provide and link students to health care and prevention/early intervention programs and services. Areas of need and focus are: mental health services, substance use prevention and treatment services, reproductive and physical health services and linkage to community based services.

    The Wellness Center Program provides students access to health education, reproductive health, mental health, and substance use services, as well as referral to primary healthcare providers. Students can self-refer to Wellness Program Services or can be referred by school site staff or parents. Students are assessed, counseled, and referred to community service providers when appropriate.

 

  • Intern at an Elementary or Middle School with a School Social Worker! 

    School Social Workers are mental health clinicians who work at schools throughout the District to assist school site staff in achieving academic excellence and improved attendance, by decreasing risky behaviors and creating safe and healthy school communities.

    Interns work alongside School Social Workers to provide resources and coordinate services for identified students and families to address mental health concerns; support teachers in developing optimal learning environments for students; develop behavior management and classroom management interventions/plans; conduct educational and/or psychosocial support groups based on identified needs; and consult with school site personnel and collaboratively develop a plan to increase a positive school climate that will foster student achievement.

Interns are a vital part of the Wellness Centers and School-Based Mental Health Services/Social Work in SFUSD. They play a pivotal role in providing individual and group treatment for our students. The services they provide may vary with the needs of each site but always includes individual work with students. For more information, contact siteam@sfusd.edu.


Employee/Intern Consultation and professional: Supporting SFUSD Staff
SIT offers clinical group supervision and case consultation along with case management assistance to all Student, Family, and Community Services Department employees and interns. SIT personnel provide weekly clinical supervision to employees seeking licensure as Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). SIT staff also provides professional development and staff training related to school-based mental health.


School-Based Mental Health Services: Supporting K-12 Students and Families
Under the direct clinical supervision of SIT staff, interns counsel students experiencing emotional issues that impact learning. Counseling services include individual and group play and talk therapy. Interns serve students in general education and special education throughout the District.


Trauma-Focused School-Based Mental Health Internship

  Scope of Internship

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Teacher Consultation
  • Home Visits
  • Positive School Climate Interventions

Internship Requirements

  • Second year MSW, MFTi or PCCi
  • Minimum 20 hours per week (includes 3 hours of supervision)
  • Attend mandatory professional development (trauma, restorative practices…)
  • Interest and/or experience working with low-income communities of color and elementary school-age children

Benefits of Internship

  • $3,500 stipend + $500 transportation stipend
  • Advanced training in trauma focused interventions
  • Weekly individual and group supervision provided by SFUSD’s Student Intervention Team clinicians

 

For more information, contact siteam@sfusd.edu.