Training and Internship

CPI provides extensive training and internship opportunities for both seasoned professionals and clinicians in training. Our agency provides exceptional opportunities for individuals interested in working with a diverse population of children, adolescents, and families in a community mental health setting. CPI is committed to the use of evidence-based strategies whenever possible including the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), a form of behavior intervention based on social learning principles designed for parents of children from age 2 to age 12 and now applied in more than 20 countries. Triple P also has a program geared toward parents of teenagers. Other evidence-based treatments used at CPI include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). These treatment models have proven successful in helping children and parents learn new skills in responding to traumatic life events, improve family communication, manage behavior problems and decrease risk for future abuse.

MFT and LCSW Internship

Postgraduates seeking hours toward Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure are eligible for full or part-time internship placements in any of our counseling programs.  Interns receive individual and group supervision and weekly trainings on topics relevant to child and adolescent mental health treatment and professional development.  Applications for internships are accepted January through April for the following training year which begins in September and ends in August. Applications are also considered at other times if our programs have open positions. Internships are paid, temporary, non-benefitted positions. Interns who have successfully completed one year in our program are welcome to apply for an extended internship or an available staff position at our agency.

BAPIC Psychology Practicum

The Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative (BAPIC) is a partnership between Bay Area Doctoral Psychology Programs and practicum agencies, including CPI. CPI participates in BAPIC’s standard application and electronic match process and accepts two, advanced psychology trainees each year. Per BAPIC policies, applications are accepted through mid-February and trainee selection is made by April for CPI placements beginning the following September. We participate in the annual BAPIC Practicum Fair and maintain an agency profile describing our practicum training on the BAPIC website. For more information, current deadlines, and to apply to our practicum program, please visit the BAPIC website at .

CPI does not currently offer internship placements for predoctoral, psychology students. However, applications are considered for postdoctoral placements when they are available.

Staff Training and Consultation

CPI offers training for mental health professionals who provide services to children and families. We are an approved provider of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and offer continuing education units for MFT’s and LCSWs. Trainees and interns participate in our weekly staff trainings and consultation groups. During the months of September and October, training topics are related to agency and program policies and procedures and review of basic child mental health treatment protocols as is most helpful to new staff, interns and trainees. Trainings continue thereafter on a variety of topics, applicable to both new and seasoned clinicians, and are led by both in-house and outside community trainers. Once per month, training focuses on self-care of staff including activities to increase morale, creativity, mutual support, and appreciate the hard work that we do together.

CPI’s counseling programs have several consultation groups throughout the week that staff and interns may attend. These include:

  • Intern/Trainee Supervision Group
  • Licensed Staff Consultation Group
  • All Staff Team Meeting
  • Multidisciplinary Consultation Group
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Group
  • Psychological Assessment Seminar (for psychology trainees)
  • Supervisor’s Consultation Group (Supervision-of-Supervision)


CPI’s clinical supervisors utilize best practice models of supervision including the Integrated Developmental Model (IDM) and Reflective Practice. Our supervisors are seasoned mental health clinicians who are also committed to continued training, reflection and development as supervisors. CPI’s supervisory team participates in a weekly, supervision-of-supervision group. This peer-led training and reflection group helps supervisors understand the distinct stages of supervisee development from novice to expert and provides a supportive forum in which supervisors can identify the skills needed to help their supervisees advance through each subsequent stage of development.

Training Staff

Michele C.  McEntee, LMFT

Clinical Supervisors:

Charlene Boca, MFT

Lisa Manthe, MFT ATR-BC

Mary McCrystal, MFT

Michele McEntee, MFT

Kate Robey, MFT

Jenni Silverstein, LCSW


Licensed Staff:

Amanda Abud, LMFT

Heather Harshbarger, MFT

Dr. Richard Hersh, MD

Kathy Rathmann, LCSW

Marianne Rickards, LCSW

Carmen Schmidt, LMFT