Airport Marina Counseling Service

(310) 670-1410

Agency Description

Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) is an affirmative, nonprofit, community-based mental health clinic providing affordable mental health services to the community and offering valuable training for pre-licensed therapists. The clinic opened in 1961 and the founder is still an active member of the board to date. AMCS offers an array of services to meet the needs of people of all ages in the community. We provide counseling for individuals, couples and families, as well as group therapy sessions. We have interns placed at Westchester Charter High School, Orville Wright Middle School and The Boys and Girls Club of Venice, to provide services for at-risk children and youth. In order to meet the needs of the community, the clinic is open 7 days each week, Mon-Thurs. 9am-9pm and Fri-Sun 9am-3pm.

Agency Mission

The AMCS mission is two-fold: to provide affordable, community-based mental health services and offer quality training for pre-licensed therapists.

Population

We serve an ethnically diverse population of clientele, most of whom are low-income. Some of the issues our clients face include managing depression, anxiety, bipolar symptoms, symptoms related to a personality disorder and symptoms of schizoaffective disorders. Some of our clients additionally struggle with addiction, though their primary diagnosis is a mental health issue. We provide counseling services to at-risk youths at the Boys and Girls Club of Venice, Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet High School, Orville Wright Middle School and Paseo Del Rey Elementary School. Given that AMCS is an LGBTQI affirmative clinic, we also work with clients on issues that may be specifically related to the LGBTQIA community.

Staff (#, Degree, Prof. Lic.)

# of Psychologists: 4

# of Psychiatrists: 3

# of MFT: 4

# of LCSW: 2

OVERALL Match Process Internship Info

PREDOC POSITIONS NUMBER UNFUNDED NUMBER FUNDED ANNUAL STIPEND START DATE END DATE HOURS PER WEEK HOURS PER YEAR
Half-time 6 0 0.00 08/23/2019 08/30/2020 22 1100
Full-time 08/23/2019 08/30/2020
PREDOC POSITIONS IND. SUPERVISION HRS/WK GRP. SUPERVISION HRS/WK
Half-time 1.00 2.00
Full-time 0.00 0.00

CURRENT Match Phase Needs

This Data is Informational Only. The Official Track and Available Position data is provided on the InternFit platform.

TRACK NAME TYPE NUMBER OF INTERNS
Single Track UNDETERMINED/MULTIPLE 2

Required days and times

Individual supervisors are available Weds. and Fridays only. Interns should also be available on a Monday (afternoon) or Thursday (evening) for the training seminars. The mandatory 12-week Counseling Skills Course is held on Fridays for the first 12 weeks of the training program. The clinic is open 7 days/week. Interns are scheduled accordingly, and are required to be present one weekend day, and at least one evening which is when the clinic is busiest.

Training and Education Offered

Goals and objectives: To assist interns in developing skills in the following areas: psychotherapy and listening skills, theoretical conceptualization of clients, evaluative and developing a provisional diagnosis. Our goals also include assisting interns in further developing their professional identity, raising their self-awareness and reflectivity, assisting them with understanding the therapeutic significance of transference and countertransference. Psychology interns attend weekly 2-hour group supervision, 1-hour individual supervision, 2-hour mandatory training and may participate in specialty training track: immediate interventions, group therapy, initial consultation, LGBTQI affirmative practices, family therapy, couples therapy, and the school or club tracks to work with adolescents. During the course of supervision, transference and countertransference issues are addressed. Interns use theoretical conceptualization in presenting their work during supervision, to inform their work with clients and when writing summary updates regarding the client's progress. Each service offered to the community is a training opportunity for interns.

X-Cultural Training

Opportunties:

We have interns providing therapy services at the local middle school, high school and the Boys and Girls Club of Venice. We provide services for "at risk youths." Most of the children served in these settings are of diverse ethnic backgrounds. AMCS provides affordable mental health services to the community, which is comprised of a diverse population regarding ethnicity, age and SES. Additionally, speakers will present specifically on this topic at the Training Seminars. Diversity is also integrated into supervision during presentations and discussion of the intern's work. AMCS has a training track and provides training seminars on LGBTQI affirmative practices.

Language(s) staff can use in the delivery of clinical services:

English Spanish Tagolog Russian

Responsibilities

Pre-doctoral interns are responsible for maintaining a 10-12 client case load each week. Participation in the Initial Consultation Track and/or the Immediate Intervention Track is required, each of which offer additional supervision. Interns participate in conducting at a minimum, one Initial Consultation each week, which includes a clinical interview and assigning a provisional diagnosis based on the presenting symptoms of the client. Interns maintain current client files by writing progress notes following each session and providing summary reports on each client every six months. Several predoctoral interns also have the opportunity to present their dissertation topic and reasearch at one of the Training Seminars. Pre-doctoral interns also assist with outreach, program proposals and the clinic's representation on social media.

Prerequisites

Required/Desired Experience:

(Required) Practicum (Preferred) 2 years working with clients Interns are required to participate in their own individual Psychotherapy while they are training at AMCS.

Brief Description of Requirements:

Successful applicants have completed a minimum of two years of graduate-level education as well as at least one year of practicum and or intern training.

Application Procedures

Submit CAPIC application & Agency Application 1)cover letter, 2)resume, 3)agency application, 4)references and 5)transcripts. Those who are invited for an interview participate in both a group interview process as well as have the opportunity to meet with a supervisor for an individual interview.

Interview Process:

Those who are invited for an interview participate in both a group interview process as well as have the opportunity to meet with a supervisor for an individual interview, which include some experiential exercises (ie: role plays or case conferences regarding a vignette).

What we are looking for:

Understanding of what helps people change and grow, empathy, a rationale for a theoretical orientation, self awareness, openness to feedback, interest in learning, ability for self-reflection.

Additional application docs required (if any)

  • Transcripts - Graduate
  • Specify Course Work
  • Supplement Application Form

Other information:

Though covered earlier, there are specific scheduling factors to keep in mind: The mandatory Counseling Skills Training Course is scheduled for Fridays for the first 12 weeks of the training as is supervision. Thus, those applying must be available on Fridays to participate in this mandatory training course and supervision. Individual supervisors are available on Weds. and Fridays. Some flexibility in the intern's schedule is appreciated as supervisors have limited time slots available. The majority of clients are available in evenings and weekends, thus as part of the scheduled hours at the clinic, interns commit to at least one weekend day as well as an evening to meet with clients.
  • County - Los Angeles
  • Contact Person Title - Clinical Director
  • Contact Person - Diana Hoffman, Ph.D.
  • Dir. of Training Title - Clinical Director
  • Dir. of Training - Diana Hoffman, Ph.D.

  • Last Updated - 07 October 2020

  • Number of Applicants Last Year - 25

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-104
  • CAPIC Member Since - 2000
  • Region - So. Cal
  • Internships Status - Half
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - Yes
    • Half-Time 2 Years - Yes
    • Full-Time 1 Year - No
  • CAPIC Internship Types Available:
    • Half-Time 1 Year - Yes
    • Half-Time 2 Years - Yes
    • Full-Time 1 Year - No

Primary Location

  • Executive Director - Eden Garcia-Baylis, LMFT
  • 7891 La Tijera Blvd.
  • Los angeles, CA 90045
  • Phone - (310) 670-1410
  • Fax - (310) 670-1410

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Assessment
  • Brief
  • Couple
  • Crisis
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Long Term
  • Outpatient
  • Other