The mission of the Seminar Training Program is to provide an enriched clinical training experience focusing on building clinical and cultural competency for students preparing for a career in mental health. The program includes experience with clients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The Santa Clara County Mental Health Department prides itself in its ongoing commitment to training clinicians with a foundation based in the concepts of the Mental Health Services Act.
The comprehensive program provides over 100 hours of classroom training spanning 14 weeks each fall and semester. The content of the trainings include fundamentals such as engagement, assessment, treatment planning, documentation and termination, as well as clinical development including psychopharmacology, treatment practices and theoretical orientations, and specialty trainings focusing on the development of cultural competencies with diverse groups in the community.
Weekly group supervision and trainings take place on Thursday mornings from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. Group Supervision is scheduled from 8:30 am – 10:00 am, followed by different clinical trainings from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. On occasion, trainings will be scheduled on alternate days or times. Attendance is expected. Weekly individual supervision is provided by the Intern’s Clinical Supervisor at the placement site.