The Center has been affiliated with accredited psychology programs from schools such as, Pepperdine University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Antioch University, CSUN, Loyola Marymount, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton, University of Phoenix, Chicago School, USC, and Pacific Oaks, just to name a few. We work closely with these schools to place qualified students in programs to develop their clinical skills.
The Center offers clinical training programs for LMFT, LPCC, LCSW Trainees and Associates . The program requires a 15-month commitment and weekly group supervision by a licensed therapist. We offer weekday and weekend programs, with flexible hours in order to accommodate the busy schedules of students, work and family commitments. The Center provides a nurturing, professional learning environment in order to ensure a successful career as a psychotherapist.
Requirements to be a Counselor
All applicants must complete Application form and have completed the required Law and Ethics course as well as a minimum of six months of personal individual therapy.
Trainees must be enrolled in an accredited graduate clinical psychology or counseling program and have completed all prerequisite paperwork from your school.
Interns are required be registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a registered MFT Intern and provide a copy of their BBS Intern number.
Here is what an intern should demand of their internship: variety of clinical experience; an executive director and supervisors dedicated to learning; rigorous attention to legal & ethical boundaries; and preparation for real-world practice, from client records to transference/countertransference issues. Now read that sentence again, because that is exactly the experience I’ve had at The Center. And one more thing: It’s a warm, supportive atmosphere. I feel lucky.
Kirby Tepper, LMFT
As I enter into my third year as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern at The Center I am proud to be part of a rich, 30-year history of service to a broad community. The Center's ongoing commitment to serving a diverse population, both on site and off, has provided me with a broad range of clinical learning as well as opportunities to specialize. Supervision, one of the most valuable aspects of prelicensing experience, is of the highest quality. The peer support and comfort level at The Center make it a “home away from home.
Grace Valenti, LMFT
As I come to the end of my 3,000 hours, all of which I did at the Center, my memories are of, a warm and supportive environment. I have made many friends and enjoyed my time here, so much so that leaving will be difficult, but necessary. Working with a diverse population has created an opportunity for me to become a better Therapist and Art Therapist.
Deborah Lakeman, LMFT & Art Therapist
How to Apply
UPCOMING INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Our next orientation / informational meeting for trainees and associates interested in interviewing for our clinical training program has yet to be scheduled.
The next cohort is slated to begin in Fall 2020.
If you are interested in applying to either our regular or weekend clinical training programs, please fill out the application and mail, fax, or email your resume and cover letter to:
We recruit year round and hire new trainees and interns once a quarter. To be considered as a candidate, you will be invited to attend one of our quarterly orientation/informational meetings. In this meeting you will experience the CIFC atmosphere, learn what to expect from our training, meet our Clinical Director and senior staff.
From this orientation meeting, our Clinical Director selects potential candidates for the next phase of hiring. A one-on-one interview will be scheduled and from there, you will be notified if you were accepted into the program.