StarVista offers a wide variety of clinical training opportunities available to the full spectrum of mental health trainees and interns. As a member of Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative (BAPIC) and the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC), StarVista provides professional training to psychology doctoral practicum and internship students. We also offer professional clinical training to trainees, interns, any associates from each of the following disciplines: marriage and family therapy, professional clinical counseling, clinical social work, and alcohol and other drug counseling.
The StarVista Training Program is an organized professional program that includes quality professional training and supervised experience. Each trainee, intern, and associate has the opportunity to build cultural, ethical, and clinical competence in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and their families within a multicultural and multidisciplinary, community mental health setting.
Trainees, interns, and associates are selected from various clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, and social work programs. Post-doctoral interns, marriage and family, and associate clinical social workers that are registered with the Board of Psychology (BOP) and/or Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) are also considered.
StarVista’s professional staff includes psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional clinical counselors, clinical social worker, and highly trained paraprofessionals in the areas of mental health, child development, and substance abuse issues. Supervision is provided primarily by licensed psychologists (doctorate in clinical, counseling, or educational psychology), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC).
StarVista occasionally offers a unique counseling and training opportunity for both client and counselor called LIVE (learning through in-vivo experience). LIVE training entails a series of sessions that are observed and recorded by a supervisor and clinical service team via a one-way mirror, with interns receiving in-the-moment supervision and feedback via an earpiece. Due to its distinct scheduling requirements, LIVE can only be offered to a select few participants.
The StarVista Training Program begins the third week in August. Weekly in-service didactic training seminars are required throughout the training year, with an added requirement for certain interns to participate as a presenter once during the year, as well. All StarVista interns are required to be available on Tuesdays for didactic training and group supervision. Evening availability may also be required depending on program placement.
StarVista internships require a 20 hour/week minimum commitment for a 12-month period. Necessary accommodations will be reviewed and approved by the training program and interns will be given up to four weeks of scheduled time off. Please note that trainees, interns, and associates working in schools may be required to take their scheduled time off during corresponding school placement holiday breaks—usually two weeks during winter holiday, one week during spring break, and one week during summer.
Please submit an online inquiry or email Dr. Melissa Guariglia with any questions about StarVista’s Training Program.