Internship Opportunites

At this time, we are not accepting Bachelor Level Interns due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Please check back with us after COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

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Casa de Amparo is excited to offer a variety of internship positions to help you as a student, gain valuable experience as you prepare for the future. Unpaid internships are available for students who are currently enrolled in a program whose field is related to the mission and purpose of Casa de Amparo.

Requirements:

  • An uninterrupted, 3 month minimum commitment and at least 8 hours per week.
  • Must be an enrolled student and be receiving credit for internship.
  • Must be able to pass a background check at the interns expense. The approximate cost is $96 and may be reimbursed after 60 hours AND 6 months of service.

These requirements do not apply for students who are interested in completing 20 hours or less within a semester. Instead, please complete the One-Time Event Volunteer Application.

Open Positions

LOCATION: San Marcos

Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo (Home of Protection) is recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 950 families, through five integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.

We are looking to fill the Student Therapist Intern position to begin in January 2020. We hope you will consider joining our team of fabulous employees!

GENERAL FUNCTION:

Under the supervision of the Clinical Director and/or a Licensed Therapist, this position will assist in managing the mental health treatment of clients. Will direct aspects of client’s individual, group and family therapy, providing information, advocacy and collaborative treatment planning within the agency and in cooperation with other agencies.

MAJOR TASKS:

  • Provide comprehensive clinical case management and appropriate therapeutic services for assigned clients.
  • Assist in maintaining all clinical charts including: Community Care Licensing forms, documentation of external services, contact sheets, and transition dispositions.
  • Assist in assessing client’s needs, strengths and level of functioning; assist in establishing a psychosocial and needs assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Consult with designated licensed supervisor regarding assessment and treatment of clients.
  • Consult with collaborative partners in the best interest of each client, as necessary and appropriate (i.e. County Social Workers, health care professionals, school staff, Regional Center service providers, etc.).
  • Consult and communicate with the client’s natural support system, as appropriate.
  • Participate in weekly individual and/or group supervision.
  • Attend all staff meetings and in-service trainings as required.
  • Observe client’s activities and interactions, interact with clients multiple times per week, and regularly review progress notes.
  • Assist with crisis assessment and behavioral interventions, as appropriate.
  • Transport clients to appointments using agency and/or personal vehicle, a needed.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.
  • Pursue and provide individual, group, and family therapy and parent education, as approved and appropriate.
  • Assist in completing required county and Casa de Amparo documentation.
  • Participate in Child and Family Team meetings, as appropriate.
  • Assist in providing case management and therapeutic services that are knowledgeable and respectful of differing cultures and the norms that exist within various cultures.

EFFECT ON END RESULT: Under the direction of a licensed supervisor, this position assists in assuring that therapeutic services are provided in a trauma-informed and culturally respectful manner to support the care, treatment, and services of clients.

This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. It is understood that the employee will also perform other reasonable related duties as assigned by his/her supervisor. Job descriptions are reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. This job description is not a written contract.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrolled in master’s level study leading to MFT, SW or LPCC licensure.
  • Must be able to be associated with Casa de Amparo through Community Care Licensing (CCL), which typically includes clearance by FBI, DOJ and CACI. This is at the intern’s expense. Reimbursement is offered after interning a minimum of one year and 100 hours.
  • Knowledge of developmental needs of children ages 0-18 years throughout the developmental stages.
  • Ability to comply with all Trainee requirements including, but not limited to CPR/Pediatric 1st Aid, physical, TB and drug screen clearance, clear DMV record and approval from insurance carrier to drive agency vehicles. Must provide proof of immunization against influenza, pertussis, and measles.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, time-management, organizational, written/verbal communication skills, and intermediate computer literacy. English proficient/Bilingual Spanish preferred. Must have ambulatory, auditory and visual skills to observe residents and staff.
  • Must have the physical ability to participate in activities and perform related physical skills, including, but not limited to, crouching, lifting 50 pounds, crawling on hands and knees, and walking up and down stairs.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

BENEFITS:

  • Group and individual supervision
  • Valuable learning experience
  • Inspiring co-workers

LOCATION: New Directions Office, Oceanside

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

GENERAL FUNCTION: Assists with planned activities for young adult’s ages 18-25 years, including non-minor dependents and their children in a transitional housing setting.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be receiving school credit.
  • Must be able to be associated with Casa de Amparo through Community Care Licensing (CCL), which typically includes clearance by FBI, DOJ and CACI.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and possess maturity, good judgment and the ability to be a positive role model for young adult’s ages 18-25 years old.
  • Must have the ability to effectively set limits and function in crisis and high stress situations.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team.
  • English proficient; bilingual/bicultural preferred.
  • Must have the physical ability to participate in activities and perform related physical skills.
  • Ability to comply with all volunteer requirements including, but not limited to TB clearance, and drug screen.

MAJOR TASKS:

  • Provide care that is respectful of differing cultures and the norms that exist within various cultures.
  • Provide assistance to participants with resume preparation, job seeking, and school applications
  • Shadow the Advocate/Educator in their tasks to better understand the Advocate position.
  • Attend monthly group meetings.
  • Assist with the Fresh Rescue food delivery by organizing/stacking food on the food shelves.
  • Assist with making phone calls to current and potential participants.
  • Help with administrative tasks as needed such as filing, inputting data, prepare new intake packets.
  • Provide additional support as appropriate.

LOCATION: Casa Kids Campus, San Marcos

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

GENERAL FUNCTION: Assists with planned activities for children ages 12-17 years, including non-minor dependents and their children in a residential treatment setting.

QUALIFICATIONS: • Must be receiving school credit.
• Must be able to be associated with Casa de Amparo through Community Care Licensing (CCL), which typically includes clearance by FBI, DOJ and CACI.
• Must be at least 25 years of age and possess maturity, good judgment and the ability to be a positive role model for children.
• Must have the ability to effectively set limits and function in crisis and high stress situations. Must be able to work as part of a team.
• English proficient; bilingual/bicultural preferred.
• Must have the physical ability to participate in activities and perform related physical skills.

MAJOR TASKS: 1. Assist in assuring the safety of residents and their children.
2. Assist in organizing and providing enriching, age-appropriate activities for residents.
3. Assist residents during their daily schedule including, chores, meals, and recreation.
4. Provide care that is respectful of differing cultures and the norms that exist within various cultures.
5. Help with administrative tasks as needed.
6. Provide additional support as appropriate.

SITE:   Casa Kids Campus

REPORTS TO: PR & Marketing Specialist

General Function:  This position supports internal and external communications under the advisement of the PR & Marketing Specialist and as part of the Development Team. This individual will focus on researching and identifying the best unique ways to support the organization in developing Casa de Amparo’s mission within the community. As a team player, they will be encouraged to be proactive and creative in brainstorming and leading ideas and will be empowered to gain a breadth of understanding around public relations, marketing, social media and design best practices. They will also work on special projects to preserve Casa de Amparo’s past.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a passion for social media, marketing and PR. The PR & Marketing Intern must work well independently, but be open to collaboration.

  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be working toward or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Must be able to be associated with Casa de Amparo through Community Care Licensing (CCL), which typically includes clearance by FBI, DOJ and CACI
  • English proficient; bilingual/bicultural preferred.
  • Must have the physical ability to participate in activities and perform related physical skills.
  • Ability to comply with all volunteer requirements including, but not limited to TB clearance.

MAJOR TASKS:

  1. Crafting social media posts
  2. Brainstorming unique angles for brand positioning
  3. Writing Press Releases and pitching media
  4. Writing copy for social media posts and eblasts
  5. Developing and updating media lists

EXPERIENCE THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED: Exposure to nonprofit social services sector and experience in marketing, PR, and social media.

EFFECT ON END RESULT: This position primarily supports PR for Casa de Amparo and thus ensures that the organization gains exposure and potential new support.

LOCATION: Casa Kids Campus, San Marcos

REPORTS TO: Program Manager of Counseling Services

GENERAL FUNCTION: Under the supervision of the Program Manager and/or a Licensed Therapist, this position will manage the mental health treatment of 2-3 children and/or adolescents. Will direct all aspects of client’s individual, group, and family therapy, providing information, consultation, advocacy and collaborative treatment planning within the agency and in cooperation with outside agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Enrolled in master’s level study in social work leading to LCSW licensure, or other discipline leading to MFT licensure. Must have ambulatory, auditory, and visual skills to observe and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills, including but not limited to crouching, lifting 35 pounds and walking up and down stairs. Must have reliable transportation and flexible schedule. CPR/Pediatric 1st Aid certificate and Pro-Act training required.

Federal Clearances — FBI, DOJ and CACI are required for this position (all previous criminal convictions will be reported, even if “expunged”). If you have an active CCL exemption for all 3 clearances, you may be eligible for a clearance transfer. Casa de Amparo will not process exemptions for applicants.

MAJOR TASKS:

  • Provide comprehensive clinical case management and appropriate therapies for assigned caseload within EPSDT guidelines.
  • Assess client’s needs, strengths and level of functioning; establish a current psychosocial and needs assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Provide individual therapy to each client; as many as five sessions per week but no fewer than 2 sessions per week, based on need.
  • Provide family therapy and parent education when approved and appropriate.
  • Provide therapy groups and social skills classes as assigned.
  • Assist with crisis assessment and behavioral interventions to support caretakers and school program.
  • Consult with Clinical Manager, psychiatrist, and nurse, re: assessment and treatment.
  • Consult with the client’s caretakers; accessing written progress notes and coordinating treatment with client’s daily needs.
  • Consult with client’s teacher, at Mission Community School and in the community as needed, and maintain communication with Foster Youth Services.
  • Consult with client’s outside psychotherapist, physician, etc. to assure non-duplication of treatment interventions.
  • Establish and maintain weekly contact with client’s HHSA social worker regarding client’s progress, disposition/placement planning, medical needs and other services.
  • Provide client advocacy and recommendations to others involved in client’s care.
  • Assist the consulting psychiatrist in writing clinical reports for psychiatric and psychological assessments. Obtain and utilize such assessments in providing advocacy, treatment and disposition planning.
  • Maintain clinical records including but not limited to: clinical intakes,treatment plans, progress notes,special incident reports, documentation of outside mental health treatment,psychiatric notes, psychological evaluations, contact sheets and discharge dispositions and EPSDT documentation.
  • Participate in weekly individual and group supervision.
  • Attend weekly Case Review and Case Management meetings to discuss client’s progress and provide input for collaborative team treatment planning.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Participate in and provide In-Service Training as assigned.
  • Adhere to Casa De Amparo’s Code of Ethics, Policies & Procedures and Employee Handbook.
  • Provide EPSDT billable case management brokerage services as appropriate to accommodate daily needs of clients.
  • Perform other relevant duties as related to this profession and assigned by supervisor.