Founded in l969, Seattle Counseling Service is the oldest LGBTQ mental health agency in the nation. Seattle Counseling Service is a community resource that advocates, educates and serves to advance the social well being and mental health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. SCS provides individual, couples and group therapy, case management, crisis services. We have both a psychiatrist and a nurse practitioner that prescribe and monitor the medications of our clients. In addition, we have both abstinence based and harm reduction addiction services.
Our internship program is designed for second year master level students in either counseling or social work. The internship provides the intern with a thorough knowledge of working in a community agency that focuses on serving the LGBTQ community. This experience includes direct client service hours, record keeping, using the DSM, clinical consultation, weekly individual and peer supervision.
When I first moved to Seattle, I remember seeing the SCS sign and thinking to myself: “Sometime in the future, I hope I get to work there”. This past year, I had the opportunity to complete my internship at SCS and I can honestly report that the experience here was everything I hoped it would be. This year has been a period of intense growth, community building and connection for me. Every day I witness strength, wisdom and comradery in the people who work here and for me, those qualities define the energy of this agency. I have deep gratitude for my supervisors, fellow interns and the other wonderful staff here, who I could always count on for a hug, smile or word of encouragement when I needed it. I could not have imagine a more enriching program for internship, or a more talented team of people to support our community.
–Alexandra Woollacott, Mental Health Intern, SCS
- Second year of Master’s program and meeting school requirements for practicum/internship
- A twelve month commitment, minimum of three days a week with flexibility of schedule to accommodate agency and client hours including evening availability
- Eighteen hour a week minimum
- Attendance every Tuesday between 12.00 – 2.00pm for consultations, staff meetings and trainings
- Attendance every Wednesday from 1.00 – 2.00pm for intern group supervision
- Maintain a caseload of 24 (minimum)
- Co-facilitate one or more groups
- Present one trauma-informed workshop
- Affirm LGBTQ identities
- Willing to work in a supportive, open-communication environment
- Assessment and diagnoses observation and practice
- Minimum of eight recorded therapy sessions reviewed in-house with individual supervisor and group consult
Please note: Fulfilling multibody counseling hours can be challenging to complete within the one year Seattle Counseling Service program.
“I can’t speak highly enough about my experience as an intern at Seattle Counseling Service. What I learned from my clients, my supervisor and other staff and interns here has been invaluable and will remain with me throughout my career. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to grow as a therapist at an agency that so clearly values social justice, community support, and sense of humor in the midst of difficult times. I am constantly inspired by the resilience and hard work that I have witnessed from both my clients and from my peers here at SCS. Working here has affirmed my passion for working with the LGBTQ community. After my internship, I plan to continue to work in community mental health and hope to continue to focus on working with members of the LGBTQ community throughout my career.”
— Erica Bacon, Mental Health Intern, SCS
Seattle Counseling Service will provide:
- One hour of weekly individual supervision with a supervisor who will oversee and support the internship
- One hour of weekly group consultation/training with all clinical staff and fellow interns
- One hour of weekly intern group supervision
- Access to consultation with a psychiatrist or ARNP
- Individual, couples, and group psychotherapy training
- Intake, diagnostic and case management training
- Crisis intervention training
- Sexual orientation and gender identity training
- Individual and group therapy hours
- Monthly trauma-informed meeting/workshop or group
- Navigating the processes of community mental health
- Video recording equipment for in-house sessions
Internships start in early September and ends the second week of the following August. If interested, please complete the Internship Application and email it, your cover letter, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th to be considered for fall placement.
Working in my ideal agency was just wonderful. I had never dreamed that I could talk about queer stuff every day during work!! I love my co-workers. They are just so generous, supportive and warm. I had a fantastic supervisor – Gottesman — you’re so amazing and charming! Although I had a lot of doubts and struggles during my internship, the journey taught me way more than what I had learned from school.
— Boya Hua, Mental Health Intern, SCS