Internship Program

To apply for an internship with Butte County Behavioral Health, please complete a BCDBH Internship Application

Clinical Internships

Behavioral Health is pleased to offer Clinical Internships for Social Work, Professional Clinical Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapy students pursing their graduate degrees in the field of mental health and substance use treatment.

Behavioral Health offers a variety of clinical treatment settings, including services for Adults, Youth, Parents and Families, Crisis and Inpatient Services. These services are located throughout Butte County, in Chico, Gridley, Oroville and Paradise, and support interns in working with diverse populations that are representative of our local community.

Our Department is able to provide a diverse experience that increases confidence and capacity in working with complex cases, severe mental illness/severe emotional disturbance, while also understanding the legal and ethical obligations of practitioners entering the treatment/health care field.

Below is a general overview of what you may look forward to, if you choose to intern with Behavioral Health:

Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) – Interns working at this level are able to co-lead treatment and rehabilitative groups, learn case management strategies, develop/inform program practices and processes, learn about public policy, and engage in community advocacy.

Master’s in Social Work (MSW) – Interns working at this level are able to independently facilitate rehabilitative groups, work with small groups on case management services, assist clients with meeting basic needs, perform clinical assessments, explore diagnosing criteria, develop treatment plans, engage in community outreach and engagement for difficult to engage populations, and provide direct treatment/therapy. Advanced MSW Interns are able to carry individual caseloads of clients.

Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) – Interns/Trainees working at this level are able to independently facilitate rehabilitative groups, work with small groups on case management services, assist clients with meeting basic needs, perform clinical assessments, explore diagnosing criteria, develop treatment plans, engage in community outreach and engagement for difficult to engage populations, and provide direct treatment/therapy. Interns/Trainees at this level are able to carry individual caseloads of clients.

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)  Interns/Trainees working at this level are able to independently facilitate rehabilitative groups, work with small groups on case management services, assist clients with meeting basic needs, perform clinical assessments, explore diagnosing criteria, develop treatment plans, engage in community outreach and engagement for difficult to engage populations, and provide direct treatment/therapy. Interns/Trainees at this level are able to carry individual caseloads of clients.

Clinical and Administrative supervision is provided by Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs). Additional levels of Behavioral Health supervision is also available for students.

If you have applied for our internship program via the link above and you would like to follow up with our Internship Coordinator or your University Field Placement Coordinator needs to make contact, please email us at [email protected].