Clinical and Counseling

Check out what you could do to gain a better understanding of abnormal psychology or counseling! Below is a list of organizations, so visit the sites to find the different positions available.

Newport Academy

Newport Academy is a teen rehab facility that helps teens dealing with substance abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, mental health issues, & more. If you are interested, please visit the website to find opportunities!

Communication Works (CW)

Organization: CW Therapy

Paid? Depends on the position. For current opportunities, please visit this page. An internship program is available for Grad Students. For more information, visit this website.

Location: Oakland, CA

Therapy Women's Daytime Drop-In Center

Organization: Women's Daytime Drop-in Center

Paid? Volunteer opportunities are not paid. Visit the link to apply.

Location: Berkeley, CA

Bay Area Women Against Rape

Organization: Bay Area Women Against Rape

Paid? Volunteer opportunities are not paid. For more information, please visit their volunteer page.

Location: Oakland, CA for training, calls can be performed anywhere. Due to COVID-19, we will be offering this training via Zoom.

Contra Costa Crisis Center

Organization: Contra Costa Crisis Center

Paid? Volunteer opportunities are not paid. Visit this page for the different positions and applications.

Location: Walnut Creek, CA

Family Violence Law Center

Organization: Family Violence Law Center (make sure to check the website for more details on other opportunities to get involved).

Paid? Volunteer opportunities are not paid. Visit this page for more information.

Location: Oakland, CA


NOTE: This position has not been held by an SMC student. Details provided by the website and interactions with STAND! staff.

Organization: STAND!

Paid? Volunteer opportunities are not paid. Visit the website for more information. Please note that opportunities available are limited during the remainder of 2020; visit the website again for the Volunteer Program in 2021.

Location: Various locations across Contra Costa County.

New Directions for Young Adults (California)

NDFYA is a transitional living program that helps young adults with high functioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and other disabilities learn skills needed to live independently. Our clients live in private apartments and receive support with life management skills, financial management, academic tutoring, social skills training, social activities, and more. For more information, please visit the website.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Organization: Center for Autism and Related Disorders

Paid? Varies depending on the position. Visit this page for more information.

Location: Varies.

Gateway Learning

Organization: Gateway Learning

Paid? Yes. For more information on the different positions available, please visit this page.

Location: Varies throughout East Bay. 

Child Life Internship and Practicum Program

The internship offers the opportunity to learn the skill sets of a child life specialist.

The practicum provides practical experience in applying child development theory and learning the effects of hospitalization.

Explore this opportunity at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to apply child development theories to real situations, and learn about the effects of hospitalization on a child's life and their families lives. 

LocationUCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco

Paid? No

Please contact Kristen Beckler (by email or phone at (415) 476-5029). For more information, visit this page.

Seneca Family of Agencies

Seneca provides a continuum of community and school-based services that contest the existing narrative about what is possible for youth facing the most significant challenges.

For more information, please visit this page. For specific positions, visit this page.

Americorps Health Fellows Program at Lifelong Medical Care

For more information and deadlines, please visit this page.

Click here to apply! 

John Muir Medical Center

For more information on how to become a volunteer, please visit this page.

Location: Walnut Creek, CA

East Bay Community Recovery Project

This organization provides substance abuse, mental health, and other health services to the community. They are located in the bay area (Oakland, Hayward), and offer a range of services that includes intensive counseling and vocational training.

HealthRight 360

This organization provides various health services throughout California, as well as employment, housing, and educational support programs.

For more information about the different opportunities, please visit this page

Location: San Francisco, CA


Volunteer for Xenophontrc, a therapeutic riding center that works with special needs children. For more information, please visit this page.

Location: Orinda, CA.


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