During the internship, you will provide at least 500 face-to-face therapy hours with clients while under supervision. At least half of the direct therapy hours will be with couples and/or families present in the room. You receive supervision from supervisors at their site and on campus during the practicum course sequence. You will receive at least 100 hours of supervision, at least 50 hours being individual supervision.
Students meet site supervisors and representatives during Internship Day, an event held on the SPU campus. Internship Day enables you to make an informed decision about which sites you would like to pursue for placement.
Two-year track: The 18-month internship begins Winter Quarter (January) of the first year and concludes upon graduation.
Three-year track: The 21-month internship begins Autumn Quarter (September) of the second year, concluding at graduation.
An internship will begin once you (the student), the site supervisor, the site representative, and the SPU director of internships sign the Four-Way Internship Agreement.
What types of internship sites partner with SPU’s MFT program?
Sites that value a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE).
COAMFTE, the accreditation body of the AAMFT, has the nation’s highest clinical standards in the field of mental health training.
- Students who graduate from a COAMFTE-accredited program are competent in research, theory, and practice.
Sites that value supervision and support for our interns.
- The MFT program supports a director of internships and director of clinical training who oversee the development of sites, supervisors, and internship contracts, and manage the clinical development of our interns.
- Our interns have three different AAMFT-approved faculty supervisors for at least six months each, who partner with internship site supervisors.
- Site supervisors have opportunities to connect with each other and meet with the director of internships.
Sites that value multidisciplinary, systems, and integrated approaches to healing.
- SPU’s MFT program believes that the mind, body, relationships, and spirituality are all part of a person’s experience.
- Students are trained to work with all parts of a person’s life in the service of healing.
- Interns are trained in systems theories and develop competencies in working with individuals, parent/child dyads, families, and couples, as well as in group therapy contexts.
Sites that value interns who know themselves well.
- SPU’s program has a strong person-of-the-therapist training component.
- While interns learn theory and clinical skills, they apply these concepts to their lives. Interns explore their own beliefs, especially in relation to the relational stance undergirding the program: ORCA — openness, respect, curiosity, and accountability to power.