Cancer Support Community

(925) 933-0107

Agency Description

Cancer Support Community is a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality support services to persons diagnosed with cancer, their caregivers, and family members. In the past, the diagnosis of cancer was synonymous with a death sentence. Today, one in four people, and three out of four families will be affected by cancer. We know that nearly half of the people diagnosed with cancer will recover and go on to live a normal life. As cancer has evolved into more of a chronic illness, CSC has played an even more important role in helping as many cancer patients as possible, recover to the greatest extent possible, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Rather than seeing cancer as a defeat of the physical body, patients can come to see it as an opportunity for personal growth and change. Cancer Support Community is more than a clinic or a social service agency that delivers good and services to meet the needs of individuals without a fee. CSC exists solely to help people with cancer and their families fight for recovery on the psychological and social front of cancer. The CSC programs of group support, education, stress management, and social networking are designed to specifically so that the patient and caregiver can be empowered to take an active role in the recovery from cancer all within the safe haven of a therapeutic community.

Agency Mission

Cancer Support Community exists to help persons with cancer, their caregivers and family members to fight for recovery from cancer. Cancer Support Community provides a community setting where participants can network, attend workshops, engage in mind-body programs, participate in weekly/semi-monthly/monthly support groups and receive individual counseling support.


The Cancer Support Community target population is adult cancer patients, caregivers and family members. Approximately 95% of participants are adult cancer patients and adult caregivers. Adolescents and children are invited to receive support services once per month in the company of the parent diagnosed with cancer and other parent caregiver. Additionally, we have begun serving children diagnosed with cancer, their parents and siblings in a once a month program. Short-term Individual counseling support is provided by interns and can include families, couples and children.

Staff (#, Degree, Prof. Lic.)

# of Psychologists: 2

# of MFTs: 6

OVERALL Match Process Internship Info

Half-time 0 4 1000.00 09/09/2019 09/03/2021 20 1000
Full-time 0 0 09/09/2019 09/03/2021 0 0
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.

Single Track HT-2YR 2

Required days and times

Interns will participate in an initial 30 hour training week at the beginning of September. Group supervision/case conference is every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00pm, followed by one hour of didactic training from 3:15-4:15pm. Interns will assist at one Saturday workshop per month, which are typically from 9:30am - 4:30pm. Additional training is offered through CSC special series ongoing programs that are topic specific.

Training and Education Offered

Predoctoral Psychology Interns will become familiar with the biopsychosocial aspects of patient’s, caregivers, and family members living with the experience of cancer. A depth and breadth of experience is gained in the area of psychooncology, with emphasis placed on the value of psychosocial support and a community setting for delivery of psychological services. Clinical training and experience at Cancer Support Community leads to the development and specialized focus on working with adult cancer patients and their caregivers (primary target population) and family members. Interns learn to assess cases from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, family systems and psychosocial perspectives, and become conversant with concepts that aid in the understanding of intrapsychic and interpersonal psychodynamics associated with the experience of cancer and chronic illness. Predoctoral Interns are trained in an empowerment model that is practiced in all support group settings. CSC offers a context in which people with cancer and their families can explore health and illness from a more holistic perspective, thus interns practice a model of facilitation that encourages patient self-awareness, personal responsibility, expression of emotion and community networking with other group members. Predoctoral Interns facilitate patients, caregivers, and family members in overcoming feelings of anxiety and helplessness by offering emotional support and encouraging skill-building that enhances active coping, taking control and changing one’s life to accommodate optimum recovery. CSC fully supports patient empowerment as the model of care and provides interns with co-facilitation opportunities in group settings with seasoned clinicians who are practiced its delivery. Predoctoral Interns also provide brief individual counseling, 6–12 sessions typically, to persons referred from groups on an as need basis.

X-Cultural Training


Didactic trainings are specifically designed to emphasize the need for sensitivity toward a wide range of cultural differences in the CSC participant population. Preparatory readings will focus on themes of difference and diversity, including standard cultural categories of ethnicity, race, power, class, sexual orientation, and spirituality. Cultural discussion will expand to include emphasis on additional cultural environments often effecting the CSC population participants and caregivers : Disability, Chronic Illness, Medical Model, Holistic Health. Discussions will encourage interns to explore their own multicultural identities and their biases about people who are perceived as different from them. Theoretical and research literature will be utilized as supportive materials to spur discussion and guide individual presentations by interns on how their cultural lens might be influencing their individual and group work as a clinician.

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

Spanish German Punjabi Hindi


Predoctoral Interns co-facilitate a minimum of two 2-hour support groups per week of adults, adolescents and children with a licensed and seasoned clinician who is specially trained in working with people affected by cancer, utilizing the Cancer Support Community philosophy and methods. Interns may select from several types of groups. Weekly Participant/Patient Support Groups are comprised of individuals who are diagnosed with cancer and are committed to attending group on a weekly basis. Participant/patients are in active cancer treatment or in post-treatment recovery (up to approximately18 months and then members often choose to “graduate”) and in one way or another are engaged in the day-to-day fight against cancer and its effects. Weekly Family/Caregiver Groups are comprised of individuals who may be a spouse, significant other, partner, or friend of an individual diagnosed with cancer. Participant/patient groups and Caregiver/family groups are conducted in different rooms, however, run on simultaneous days/times for the convenience of those who travel together. Networking Groups are provided on a “drop in” basis and designed with a focus toward specific diagnoses such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, leukemia/lymphoma, young adults etc. Networking groups do not require a weekly attendance commitment by participants. Transition Groups are available for individuals who have been members of a weekly Caregiver/family group and whose loved one has died from cancer. Predoctoral Interns receive their individual caseloads from referrals made in the weekly facilitators/therapists/interns group supervision meetings held on Wednesdays. Participants/patients and Caregivers may avail themselves of individual counseling upon request to the group facilitator or may be recommended to seek individual support by the group facilitator. Predoctoral Interns carry a caseload of individual outpatient clinical cases of up to (6 hours/week for part-time and 12-16 hours/week for full-time) depending on how many groups are being facilitated. The total combined group hours and individual counseling hours (direct patient time) is targeted for10 hours/week for part-time and 16-20 hours per/week for full-time. Individual caseloads are made up of adults, adolescents, and children. Couples and family counseling is provided on referral/request. Once an individual is referred and accepted for individual services, the intern is responsible for arranging scheduling. It is customary at CSC to offer an individual a brief series of six weekly counseling sessions, however with supervisory approval, cases warranting an extended number of sessions are acceptable. Predoctoral Interns must maintain accurate and up-to-date chart work on their individual cases and maintain group notes for weekly support groups they facilitate/co-facilitate. Interns will present process notes for individual cases at individual supervision meetings and keep their supervisors informed about their activities. They are invited to ask questions, request help, and present any concerns in an open and proactive manner. Interns are expected to attend group supervision, didactic training and other instructional seminars on a regular basis and are invited to contribute to in-service trainings where desired. The Cancer Support Community is a collaborative organization that emphasizes the concept of community, thus interns are encouraged to become active and involved members of the professional community and are warmly invited to attend all activities and events with regular staff members. Interns will be available for two to three hours per week for intake interviews. Interns conduct intake interviews with individuals who have participated in a newcomers orientation meeting and who wish to become a part of a weekly support group or simply attend the many educational workshops offered at CSC. Intake interviews take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour and are preferably conducted in person. Telephone interviews are conducted in situations where it is the most reasonable or expedient alternative, given a prospective participant/caregivers circumstances. Interns assist in workshop set-up and greeting of participants one weekend day per month (usually on a Saturday) for approximately 4-5 hours (usually in the morning). Tasks involve assistance to the workshop presenter, set-up/break-down of the room, greeting attendees and closing the facility upon completion of the workshop.


Required/Desired Experience:

It is helpful if applicants have personal first hand experience in dealing with chronic illness, caregiving, or bereavement.

Brief Description of Requirements:

CSC prefers predoctoral interns to have successfully completed two full-time academic years of practicum level hours and achieved certified Masters level academic status, including successful completion of the comprehensive oral examination. Completion of proposal orals and/or substantial work on the doctoral dissertation is also desirable. Formal training, personal experience, and/or academic classes in health psychology, chronic illness, and bereavement are helpful.

Application Procedures

We follow the CAPIC guidelines for all application procedures and deadlines. Applicants need to submit the following documents: * Cover Letter / Letter of Intent *A Curriculum Vitae (including any clinical training pursued outside of graduate coursework). *Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with applicant’s clinical skills. Though we welcome your questions, application time is busy for everyone. As a result, we ask that applicants only contact the Program Director with questions after all the application materials have been submitted and reviewed and materials about CSC, ie. the website information, have been thoroughly read. If additional questions require attention, please list them specifically in an email that may be directed to: Be sure to indicate in the subject field the purpose of your email.

Interview Process:

Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. If being considered, applicants will be invited to interview. There are two levels of interviewing. The Program Director will conduct the first interview. If invited to return, the Program Director and three psychologists (who will be in supervisory capacities for incoming interns), will conduct the second interview. Interviewers will ask questions of applicants. Role-playing may be part of the interview process.

What we are looking for:

We want interns who are genuinely interested in a commitment to working with cancer patients, their caregivers, and family members. CSC is not a hospice or a place where people learn how to die, but is a place where participants deal with their situation in a warm community setting. Thus all professionals at CSC strive to offer services with respect for the patient as the expert on his/her own cancer experience, and with a commitment to encouraging the patient toward holistic recovery.

Additional application docs required (if any)

  • Transcripts - Graduate
  • County - Contra Costa
  • Contact Person Title - Chief Mission Officer
  • Contact Person - Margaret Stauffer, M.S.
  • Dir. of Training Title - Dr.
  • Dir. of Training - Cynthia Grace, PsyD

  • Last Updated - 18 January 2019

  • Number of Applicants Last Year - 15

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-321
  • CAPIC Member Since - 2011
  • Region - No. Cal
  • Internships Status - Half
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • 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 - Jim Bouquin
  • 3276 McNutt Avenue
  • Walnut creek, CA 94597
  • Phone - (925) 933-0107
  • Fax - (925) 933-0107

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Brief
  • Couple
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual