Graduate Practica & Field Placements

Rigorous internships for psychology and social work graduate students.

We believe that the best way to become an effective clinician is through a rich and challenging clinical experience.

The Brookline Center offers one of the region’s deepest and most comprehensive training programs for graduate students in Psychology, Social Work, and Family and Couples Therapy. Our program is also one of the largest, accepting about 10 graduate interns each year for intensive learning, practice, and supervision.

Because teaching and learning are core to the Center’s work, we take pride in providing supervision above and beyond what most schools mandate. We welcome our interns as valued members of The Brookline Center’s clinical team, with opportunities to join the staff for plentiful learning seminars and collaboration. Our graduates gain broad, wide-ranging experience in both short- and long-term therapy, working with a wide variety of clients and within community systems such as housing and public safety.

What sets our approach apart?

The Brookline Center provides deep experience in delivering long-term outpatient care, as well as short-term counseling. Each intern receives 2-3 hours per week of supervision, far beyond the 1.5 hours required by most schools.

As essential members of our clinical team, Brookline Center interns gain comprehensive training in a wide range of modalities: individual, group, and community-based care. Our staff clinicians value their engagement with interns, listening to their perspectives, and helping them experience the most rewarding internships possible. Our training is culturally responsive in a diverse community, cultivating a vibrant working environment and extending clinicians’ skills.

How it works

Interns work 25 hours weekly for an academic year (September-May/June), contributing to our mission of excellence in community mental health. Generally this includes 12 hours of direct service and 2-3 hours of supervision. Interns join clinical staff for mandatory and optional weekly learning seminars and plan together at weekly team meetings. Each field of study has its own mix of requirements and opportunities, detailed below. Internships at the Brookline Center are unpaid.

Candidates may apply to only one of the three internship areas of focus.

  • Psychology Internships

    Gain deep experience in adult and/or child clinical psychotherapy and counseling.
    In this intensive training program, each intern:

    • Conducts 12 direct service hours weekly (includes one evening)
    • Leads or co-leads one therapy group
    • Receives 2 hours of individual supervision weekly
    • Attends on-site clinical team meetings and trainings, which take place on Wednesdays and Fridays
    • May conduct psychological testing
    • Presents a case in a formal case consultation format
    • Focuses on either child or adult psychotherapy, but will have opportunities to work with both populations

    Eligibility
    Open to PhD and PsyD candidates enrolled in their third or fourth year of a PhD/PsyD program–or their second year if they hold a Master’s degree in an allied field–and have completed at least one previous practicum.

    Deadline
    We are now accepting applications for the 2020-21 training year. The deadline to apply for a psychology internship position is January 6, 2020.

    To apply
    Please submit all application materials by BOTH email and on paper. Applications can be directed to Larry Abrams, PhD.

    In your application, include a cover letter (please indicate interest in either child or adult therapy), your resume, three letters of recommendation, and a clinical writing sample (such as a testing report, evaluation, or clinical summary).

    Questions?
    Please email Larry Abrams or call (617) 277-8107.

  • Social Work Internships

    Gain deep experience in adult and/or child therapy.
    In this intensive training program, each intern:

    • Conducts 12 direct service hours weekly (includes one evening)
    • Leads or co-leads one therapy group
    • Receives 1.5 hours of individual supervision in their area of specialization (child or adult) and up to 2 hours of secondary supervision weekly
    • Attends onsite clinical team meetings and trainings, which take place on Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Presents a case in a formal case consultation format
    • Generally provides both child and adult counseling, but may specialize in one of them

    Social work candidates interested in focusing on families may choose to apply to our Family & Couples Therapy internship. Please note that you may apply for an internship in only one field of study.

    In addition, please note that social work internships at the Center will run through the end of May 2021 in order to ensure that child clients can be seen through the end of the school year.

    Eligibility
    Open to MSW candidates in their second year of training.

    Deadlines
    We are now accepting applications for the 2020-21 training year. The deadline to apply for a social work internship position is January 17, 2020.

    To apply
    Please apply through your graduate school’s placement department, submitting your application to David Spinner, LICSW, BOTH by email and on paper. In your application, please include a cover letter (in which you should indicate your preference for child or adult treatment), your resume, and two letters of recommendation, one of which is from your current primary supervisor. The letters of recommendation can be sent in separately if necessary.

    Questions?
    Please email David Spinner, LICSW, or call (617) 277-8107.

  • Family and Couples Therapy Internships

    Gain deep experience in therapy for families and couples.
    In this intensive training program, each intern:

    • Conducts 12 direct service hours weekly (includes one evening)
    • Leads or co-leads one therapy group
    • Receives 2 hours of individual supervision weekly
    • Attends on-site clinical team meetings and trainings, which take place on Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Presents a case in a formal case consultation format

    Eligibility
    Open to MSW, PhD, and PsyD candidates who have experience and coursework in family therapy and theory.

    Deadline
    We are now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. The deadline to apply for a psychology internship position is January 6, 2020, and the deadline to apply for a social work internship position is January 17, 2020.

    To apply
    Please submit your application by email to Phillip Laidlaw, PsyD. In your application, please include a cover letter, your resume, and three letters of recommendation.

    Questions?
    Please email Phillip Laidlaw, PsyD, or call 617-277-8107.