We offer a multidisciplinary training program for clinical interns that accepts trainees with graduate level education and at least two years of prior clinical experience working with adults, young children, and couples/families. Interns work on multi-disciplinary service delivery teams with appropriate supervision for their discipline and experience level. Interns receive two hours of individual supervision per week. The placement is 20-25 hours per week and year-long (September to August). We use an integrative approach to clinical interventions within an outcome-focused service delivery model.


TALKLine Family Support Center serves parents and caregivers of children under the age of 18, with a focus on families with children 12 or younger. The populations served are culturally, socio-economically, and clinically diverse. Many of our clients are struggling with homelessness, mental health challenges, complex trauma, and parenting issues.


We offer a range of services, depending on the needs of the families we serve.  These services may include individual therapy for adults and children, parenting support groups, couples and family therapy, telephone counseling, case management, drop-in services for parents and their children, and home visits. There are a variety of psychotherapeutic, skill building, and support groups as well as social events available for parents and children.


Through clinical supervision, trainees receive ongoing education and guidance in work with adults, children, couples and families Additional training includes service delivery team meetings, milieu training, department-wide clinical training opportunities, and staff meetings.

Direct Client Services

  • Counseling on the TALKLine (a parental stress, crisis, and counseling phone line): Depending on applicant’s prior experience, interns may work one four-hour shift per week on the crisis line and do one overnight shift per month. Trainees working on the TALKLine are required to participate in a 27-hour training  prior to starting work on the TALKLine.
  • Parent Drop-In Center: Interns work one five-hour shift per week (M-Th. from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) in the Parent Drop-In Center, during which they provide two hours of brief therapy, one hour of work in our Children’s Playroom, and one to two hours of milieu therapy to parents. This may include intake interviews and crisis intervention. Crisis situations include family crises, substance abuse, domestic violence, and complex trauma.
  • Psychotherapy: Interns will carry a caseload of 8 – 10 therapy clients. All interns will be expected to be available to see clients one evening per week until 8:00 p.m.


All interns currently receive a monthly stipend of $500.


Application materials will be accepted between February 1 – August 1 and should include a cover letter, resume/CV, and three letters of recommendation.  

Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an individual interview. Candidates will be asked to describe their clinical experience and discuss particular cases in some detail. Candidates will also be asked to discuss how their personal background relates to and informs their work.  

For more information or to apply: 

Maria Sobol, Ph.D., Clinical Supervisor & Intern Training Manager: maria.sobol [@] or (415) 387-3684 ext. 419