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Posted on: October 6, 2018

Volunteer Counseling Interns Provide Valuable Services Citywide (2018-2019)

YFS Interns and Supervisors

Each year, Fremont Human Services Department’s Youth & Family Services (YFS) Division recruits dozens of clinical interns to support the provision of specialized mental health counseling to hundreds of local children and families. Close working relationships with local colleges and universities and our reputation as an organization that provides outstanding training and support for interns helps us get some of the best candidates available. YFS receives hundreds of applications every year for approximately 20 intern counselor placements.

Our counseling interns contribute more than 4,700 in-kind direct service hours while working at a combination of Fremont Unified School District’s K-12 school campuses, YFS main clinic offices at the Family Resource Center, and the Fremont Police Department. These volunteer workforce services are valued at more than $700,000 annually. The oversight of this program is provided by YFS staff whose cost is funded by a combination of Alameda County Behavioral Health, Alameda County Probation Department, Fremont Unified School District, grants, as well as some City of Fremont general fund dollars.

YFS interns serve children and families with a wide range of problems, ranging from anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, bullying, behavior problems and truancy, alcohol and drug use, parent divorce/separation, undiagnosed developmental or learning disorders, and immigration adjustments. The interns provide children with support through individual counseling, and may help them build social and life skills in small group counseling sessions. The YFS school-based mental health counseling interns partner with principals and teachers to reduce classroom disruptions, combat bullying, improve school attendance, and respond quickly to students in distress. They also provide parents, guardians, and family members with linkage to supportive services at the Family Resource Center, as well as family therapy and parent education classes and workshops that teach parents how to handle common concerns in childhood and adolescence.

All YFS interns are graduate students or post-graduates in counseling, clinical psychology, or social work. Each is committed to volunteering a minimum of 20 hours per week throughout the school year, under the intense supervision of licensed clinical YFS staff. Many counseling interns bring skills they used in previous careers as teachers, behavioral intervention specialists, technology workers, medical providers, as well as personal and lived experiences as parents. YFS interns come from diverse backgrounds and speak multiple languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Dari and Farsi, expanding the City’s capacity to serve Fremont’s diverse community.

For more information about the YFS clinical internship program contact Laurie Linscheid, MFT Clinical Supervisor at 510-574-2100 or by e-mail, or visit Youth and Family Services.

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