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Internship/Practicum Description

YMCA Youth & Family Services offers three different programs – TIDES, Counseling Services, and Kinship Services — with the opportunity to be exposed to a culturally diverse population and variety of symptoms.


*Internships are unpaid volunteer positions. Working hours are flexible Monday‐Saturday, 16-20 hrs/wk for nine months.

TIDES Program

  • Provides therapy services to students at eight different school sites (elementary, middle and high school) in the San Diego Unified School District
  • Training on county-required paperwork and billing systems
  • Therapeutic work modalities: Individual, family, group, case management, collaborative therapeutic approaches and interventions: All theories and interventions that are appropriate for the age group
  • Presenting issues may include: depression, anxiety, Conduct DO, Oppositional Defiant DO, ADD, ADHD, substance abuse, domestic violence, divorce, gender identity, sexual identity, loss and grief, weight and image, cutting, peer and family relationships
Download a description of the site practicum (PDF)

Counseling Services

  • Clinic based, fee-for-service program
  • Professional and welcoming environment (individual, family and play therapy room)
  • Therapeutic work modalities: Individual, couples, family
  • Therapeutic work and interventions are based on Bowen Family System Theory
  • Presenting issues may be: parent/child relationship, parenting, marital, life
  • Transitioning, grief and loss, depression, anxiety

Kinship Support

The YMCA Kinship Support Program has internship opportunities available for Foundation Year (first year) Master of Social Work students attending accredited programs.

Interns with the YMCA Kinship Support Program are responsible forcompleting mezzo and macro activities and providing case management services to a caseload of up to 15 clients at a time, which involves:

  • Collaboration with Child Welfare Services social workers and staff from other community agencies
  • Client engagement, home visits, intakes and assessments
  • Case Plan Development
  • Hard and electronic file maintenance
  • Information and referral to appropriate resources
  • Participation in team meetings and individual and group supervision
  • Assistance with support groups and other events
Hours are flexible, but interns are expected to complete a minimum of 16 hours per week for 9-12 months.