Offering Autonomy, Flexibility and Support
Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center is a nonprofit organization and offers holistically- oriented psychotherapy to individuals, children, adolescents, couples and families throughout the greater Bay Area region. We also offer a supportive internship program for pre-licensed clinicians, including Associate Marriage Family Therapists, Associate Social Workers and Associate Professional Clinical Counselors.
Want to apply?
If you would like a copy of our application packet, please download it and our addendum below. We will be offering a spring, 2018 cohort, with an application deadline of April 1 and a start date of May 1. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of starting earlier, please contact us.
We offer many unique benefits, including opportunities to:
- Develop the clinical and entrepreneurial skills required for success in private practice
- Create an actual practice that is yours once you are licensed
- Enter your post-licensure career with a higher income earning potential than many of your peers
- Retain your client caseload
- Earn an income while accruing hours for licensure
- Earn more as your practice grows
In addition, we will provide:
- Guidance and support to launch your private practice career
- Assistant with business skills development
- Assistance in procuring a professional office in one or multiple locations
- Clinical enrichment and support, including monthly training workshops
- An integrative or holistic philosophy
- Four months of no-cost weekly group supervision
- The freedom to choose your own supervisor/s
- Access to 45+ clinicians willing to provide reduced fee supervision
- Access to a network of 50+ fellow interns, including your own cohort
- Potential low-fee referrals
- Marketing support
- Inclusion on Grateful Heart’s website
- Opportunities for volunteerism and professional development
- Coordination with other agencies
- Tax-free employee reimbursement for expenses, such as the cost of psychotherapy or training
- The opportunity to continue at Grateful Heart for two years once you become licensed
- Attentive service by a dedicated staff
To help you launch a successful private practice
During your first four to six months as an Associate, you will receive weekly supervision with your cohort, as well as the support of our staff to launch a practice that truly reflects your personal aspirations and goals. Once this period concludes, you can choose to participate in the workshops, training opportunities and community events, as well as the other professional support and development opportunities we offer. You can choose how much you wish to participate, depending on your interests and needs. Our internship offers flexibility, autonomy and support, custom tailored to your particular situation, interests and needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I retain my current caseload if I am transferring from an agency or school clinic? Your current clients can join you at Grateful Heart after you leave your current placement site. In addition to providing continuity of care for your clients, this will allow you to begin Grateful Heart with an established caseload. It will also provide you with opportunities for longer term client retention: a benefit for both you and your clients.
How is your internship structured financially? Our internship is structured to provide you with the maximum opportunity for earning. We collect a monthly fee from each Associate to cover our costs, but operate on as lean a budget as possible, so as much of what you collect in client fees can be disbursed to you as income once you become an employee.
How much of the client fees I generate will be deducted to offset my internship costs? To subsidize the cost of offering our internship, we will collect $350 from you each month. This fee will be drawn from the fees you collect from your clients or donations from family and friends. In addition to the monthly $350 fee, any pay you receive will be subject to the standard deductions for federal and state withholding. They will also be subject to a 12.5% payroll expense and a $10 payroll processing fee per month.
Where is the internship located? We are not a single brick and mortar agency. Our Associates practice throughout the Bay Area in more than 40 private satellite offices, primarily in San Francisco, the East Bay and Contra Costa County. As an Associate, we will lease an office on your behalf. Each new cohort meets for the first four months in Alameda, Berkeley or San Francisco for our introductory group supervision and then one Sunday a month in Berkeley for our monthly clinical workshops and trainings. Most other internship related activities take place in Berkeley.
How long is the internship? The length varies from Associate to Associate, however most Associates stay with us from one to three years. If an Associate is at the beginning of their internship process, and can devote 10 – 16 hours per week to their internship, they typically stay with us an average of two years, however we can also accept interns mid-way or nearing the completion of their hours acquisition, as long as they can stay with us a minimum of six months.
Can I earn more as my practice grows? Most internships allow you to accrue hours towards licensure. Some internships also allow you to earn an income during the accrual process. The potential for earning varies widely from internship to internship, ranging from small stipends to hourly wages for interns who are retained as employees. Grateful Heart is designed to offer you much more than the compulsory minimum wage required by law. Once you qualify to become an employee, your income will increase in proportion to your practice. The more you generate in client fees, the more you can earn.
How will your program prepare me for private practice? Many clinicians begin their professional careers without the financial or business skills to begin and sustain a private practice. By participating in our program, you will enter your post-licensure years with the basic financial, operational and marketing skills necessary for success as a private practice clinician. You will acquire these skills experientially as well as by accessing the no or low-cost opportunities for mentoring, training and professional development we offer in our Private Practice Resource Guide.
How flexible is your program? We understand that managing an internship can be stressful, especially when you have other significant commitments. We also realize that after years as a student, many individuals prefer some modicum of autonomy as interns. For this reason, we’ve developed an internship that offers flexibility, autonomy and support. Although some major decisions must be approved by our staff, you choose your office location, schedule, fee scale, supervisor and modality. As long as you meet our standard clinical and administrative requirements, you can also choose how actively you wish to participate in our program. The choice is yours.
What kind of training do you offer? We provide monthly three-hour training workshops focusing on contemporary approaches to the therapeutic process, trends in trauma, neurobiology and attachment, psychotherapy with couples and marginalized persons as well as other clinical and practice support topics of interest to our community. An annual workshop on the licensure preparation process will also be offered in 2017. Facilitated by a variety of senior or master clinicians, our trainings are intended both for clinical enrichment and skills development. In addition to training, we offer 1:1 coaching on clinical program development for interns wishing to sponsor groups, workshops or peer trainings. We also offer an extensive library of clinical articles, access to a referral directory, plus a variety of clinical tools, such as assessments and forms, to all our interns. In 2017/2018, our second Sunday training days also include a marketing support group and clinical study group on the work of author and master clinician, Nancy McWilliams.
How is your internship and agency holistic? As an agency, we are committed to offering programs and services that integrate somatic, transpersonal, humanistic, psychodynamic and contemporary psychoanalytic approaches to the practice of psychotherapy. Many of our supervisors and Associates work eclectically, bridging across modalities, some focusing on social justice as a particular interest. Whether informed by these focuses or others, we are joined in an important commitment to providing ethical, respectful care to both our interns and clients.
What kind of community does your program offer? You will begin your orientation and supervision process as an Associate with a cohort of up to seven other Associates. If you want to become more involved, you can join one of the process or study groups we offer, participate in our monthly clinical training workshops or attend the community events hosted by Grateful Heart and our Associates four times per year. As a member of our network, you can find other clinicians with similar interests, engage in collaborative learning, secure vacation coverage for your practice, exchange information about resources or find an office or suite-mate or study partner. The options are plentiful, depending on your needs.
“I think Grateful Heart is unique in that it really supports interns in developing in a way that they choose. There are lots of opportunities for autonomy, growth and support, but minimal blanket requirements.”
“I have felt very grateful to have found a space that is as supportive and available for feedback.”
“The wonderful and dedicated staff went above and beyond at every turn.”
“This agency is truly focused on supporting interns and building a cohesive community.”
“I’m so happy! I love the clinical guidance, the respect for self-as-therapist concerns, and the group feeling.”
“I would recommend this as the best place to develop a private practice because of the great supervision, business support, ongoing training opportunities, and support groups.”
“Sweet freedom! Independence/autonomy. Marketing support. A chance to earn and to expense.”
We are now accepting applications for our spring 2018 cohort. To request an application packet, please write to us at email@example.com or download our most recent packet here: Information and Application Packet for Spring 2018 Associate Applicants – Final for Distribution
|Informational Meeting||March 10, 2:15 PM
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
|Application Deadline||March 25, 2018|
|Group Interviews||April 6, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM
1549 Verdi Street, Alameda
|Getting Started Meeting||April 26, 2018
6:3- – 8:30 PM
1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
|Internship Start||May 1, 2018|
|Orientation 1||May 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
|Berkeley Group||11:10 AM – 1:10 PM
1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
|San Francisco Group||Noon to 2:00 PM
1939 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
If you have any questions about our unique internship program or wish to request an application package, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.