Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES)

(213) 381-1250

Agency Description

IMCES is a private, non-profit community clinic founded in 1989 by Dr. Tara Pir, aka Tahereh Pirhekayaty. Under her leadership, IMCES has become associated with the Department of Public Information / Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) for human rights and has earned special consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The mission of IMCES is to promote human rights and social justice. Equal access to health and mental health services in our society is the human right of all. At IMCES we are committed to level the ground for all to walk on. Dr. Pir’s commitment to social justice and human rights is demonstrated by her development and implementation of high standard services to our community in two domains: One: clinical service delivery for our culturally diverse population; Two: professional workforce development/clinical training program for mental health professionals. This means we provide highly effective, culturally and linguistically competent services to the most needy, underserved populations in our community by professionals who are trained to the highest standard of practice. Dr. Pir led the Institute to become one of the few outpatient community clinics designed specifically to treat the varied needs of the underserved, culturally and linguistically diverse communities of Los Angeles. Every year, IMCES serves thousands of individuals and families who have been identified to be 100-200% or more below the poverty level. IMCES offers a variety of clinical programs developed to reach children, youth, families, and adults who have many barriers to their wellness, success, and sustainability within the community. IMCES is committed to helping underserved members of the community overcome adversity, achieve independence, and create sustainable and meaningful lives for themselves and their families. IMCES provides culturally proficient services to its clients based on the proven success of integrative model of service delivery through the utilization of prevention and early intervention strategies. IMCES makes a lifelong commitment to promote responsiveness to the need of our culturally diverse communities including ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation of all people from unserved and underserved populations. The agency is amongst the most culturally proficient service providers in the county, providing linguistically proficient services in ten different languages including Arabic, Armenian, English, Farsi, Hebrew, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Tagalog. We honor and respect the many different customs that cultural and ethnic diversity brings forth. At the same time, IMCES contributes to the wellness of our community, while promoting social justice and striving to eliminate the stigma, discrimination, and disparity associated with health and mental health services in our community.

Agency Mission

Our philosophy is based on humanistic values and approaches. We operate based on the principle of inclusion by design to prevent disparities. We promote whole health. The whole health of individuals includes physical, mental, spiritual, social, as well as community health. We believe this overarching goal can be achieved and implemented by an integrative model of service delivery, which provides a continuation of care and advocacy for clients in the context of community. Our clinical training program is designed as an effective and necessary professional workforce development to respond to our community’s needs. Our operation has been based on the principle of commitment to “excellence” and “lifelong learning,” which promotes the high quality of our services to clients and the community.


IMCES provides culturally and linguistically sensitive mental health services to all the diverse individuals and families in Los Angeles County. IMCES provides various programs for children, youth, and adults based on the proven success of integrative, coordinated services. IMCES services range from prevention and early intervention to services for the severely mentally ill populations. Clinicians work primarily with low to mid-SES clients, in the office, home, field, or school. Demographics of the populations served include both genders and all ages with a wide range of racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds (Hispanic, African-American, Russian, Armenian, Persian), and sexual orientation. Psychoeducational groups include domestic violence (perpetrators and victims), anger management, and parenting.

Staff (#, Degree, Prof. Lic.)

# of Psychologists: 3

# of Psychiatrists: 1

# of MFT: 3

# of LCSW: 2

OVERALL Match Process Internship Info

Half-time 0 0 0.00 08/05/2024 07/31/2025 0 0
Full-time N/A 2 63,000.00 including incen 08/05/2024 07/31/2025 40 1920
Half-time 0.00 0.00
Full-time 2.00 2.00

CURRENT Match Phase Needs

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

Single Track FT 3

Required days and times

Monday through Friday, flexible schedule by arranged appointment

Training and Education Offered

Educational Goals & Training Objectives: IMCES' educational goal is to provide specific clinical training to prepare Interns/clinicians to become clinically and culturally competent mental health service providers, as well as socialization into the professional role and responsibilities. Each Doctoral Intern will be given the opportunity to develop an individual training plan within the context of supervision. A sequential evaluation plan to assess the status of progress will be incorporated with the aim of giving and receiving feedback to effectively achieve the competency outcome. The Goals and Competencies of the Doctoral Internship Program: 1. Research Competency: Doctoral intern demonstrates the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities at the local, regional, or national level. 2. Ethical and Legal Competency: Doctoral intern demonstrates knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional, and federal levels; and relevant professional standards and guidelines and the ability to recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise, and apply ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas. 3. Individual and Cultural Diversity Competency: The Cultural Diversity Competency training is uniquely designed to be in parallel with and actualized through the Advocacy/Outreach and Engagement Competency training. Doctoral interns demonstrate an understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and unconscious biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves. Doctoral interns demonstrate the ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and other professional activities). Also included is the ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or worldviews create conflict with their own. 4. Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors Competency: Doctoral intern will behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others. Doctoral interns will engage in self-reflection regarding their personal and professional functioning; and engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness. 5. Communications and Interpersonal Skills Competency: Doctoral intern develops and maintains effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services, demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well. 6. Assessment Competency: Doctoral intern will demonstrate current knowledge of diagnostic classification systems, functional and dysfunctional behaviors, including consideration of client strengths and psychopathology. The doctoral intern will also demonstrate the ability to select and apply assessment methods; interpret assessment results; and effectively and accurately communicate the findings and implications of the assessment. 7. Intervention Competency: Doctoral interns will develop and implement evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals and informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables. The doctoral intern will also evaluate intervention effectiveness to be outcome based, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation. 8. Supervision Competency: Doctoral interns will apply supervision knowledge in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other mental health and health professionals. Examples of direct or simulated practice of supervision include, but are not limited to, role-played supervision with others, and peer supervision with other trainees. 9. Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills Competency: Doctoral interns will demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions. Doctoral interns will apply this knowledge in direct or simulated consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior. In addition to the nine (9) required profession-wide competencies, IMCES has developed two additional program-specific competencies to further enhance the training experience of doctoral interns in response to our communities’ needs. 10. Risk Assessment and Management Competency: Doctoral intern will develop competency in proactively assessing and managing critical incidences in the context of individual, family, and community (i.e. school, home). Doctoral interns will also develop competency in responding to psychological trauma and to provide psychological first aid/intervention and assistance. 11. Advocacy/Outreach and Engagement Competency: Doctoral intern is to facilitate opportunities for doctoral interns to develop and practice their leadership potential in the context of the Cultural Diversity Training. Doctoral interns will conduct needs assessment survey in the context of clients and the community and develop competency in identifying disparities in availability and accessibility of resources including but not limited to health and mental health services in the context of the community. The fundamental aim of this competency is to facilitate and motivate necessary systemic changes in policy and procedure as it relates to clients and communities in relevant domains. 11. The Advocacy/Outreach and Engagement Competency training is uniquely designed to be in parallel with and to actualize the Cultural Diversity Competency training.

X-Cultural Training


As our clinic uses the word 'Multicultural' in its name, we emphasize this aspect of training. (1) Our interns come from diverse ethnic and cultural cross-cultural backgrounds; and (2) Our clients are also as diverse. On a weekly basis, all of our interns receive both didactic and face-to-face training and supervision that directly promotes sensitivity, awareness, and knowledge of the diverse populations they serve. Cultural training includes didactic, film, vignette role-play, presentations, involvement with research and presentation, and discussion with and about many diverse groups in our community.

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

Most common languages: Farsi Spanish Less frequent: Caldonian Ibobo Bengali Arabic


Intern/clinicians have a multitude of opportunities to participate in both direct service to clients, professional development, community projects, including advocacy, outreach & engagement, conducting psychological testing, consultation, community liaison, crisis management, research and development, and didactic public education seminars. Weekly commitment includes: Attending didactic seminars Attending team meetings/case consultations for each clinical program Individual Supervision Group Supervision A combined caseload of 10-12 clients from children and adult services Leading or Co-Leading one group treatment session Attending weekly Quality Assurance (QA) meetings for self and peer chart review IMCES provides the opportunity for organizational skill development and time management. Each Intern/clinician is required to schedule and maintain their professional appointments, proactively balance their personal and professional time and be responsible and responsive to their clients as well as self needs.


Required/Desired Experience:

Those who are interested and committed to work with and learn about community mental health model of service delivery and have some experience both in assessment and intervention with the target population including the spectrum ranging from prevention and early intervention to chronic and severely mental illness challenges. Have interest in developing leadership and supervision skills and demonstrate a long-term commitment to professional development beyond doctoral clinical training in the discipline of psychology. Have the ability to manage highly stressful situations, as stress is inherent in working with clients with health or complex and varying degrees of mental health challenges.

Brief Description of Requirements:

All applicants must have the following qualifications: Have a strong interest in and commitment to the community mental health training model and working with underserved populations Citizenship (Permanent Resident, International Students with approved Work Visa or Student Visa) No felony conviction within the past six years Must be able to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI background check Have some experience in community mental health settings and/or with culturally diverse populations Have the ability to manage highly stressful situations, as stress is inherent in working with clients with health or complex and varying degrees of mental health challenges Have an interest in developing leadership, administrative, and supervisory skills Be willing to acquire skills in developing and utilizing outcome measures to evaluate treatment effectiveness Have an ability to be flexible and adaptable to change with a commitment to self-evaluation and being a reflective practitioner Must have advanced to candidacy status (dissertation either completed or proposal approved) for pre-doctoral intern in Psychology major Have a valid drivers license in the United States Have personal vehicle and valid insurance Must have a 3 years clean driving record (e.g., no record of a DUI) All applicants must commit to a maximum of 40 hour per week including 5 hours per week of self care (flexible schedule to be proactively responsive to self, client and agency needs) and be compliant with clinical training requirements. Intern must not have outside work or other commitments that would compete with the nature of the training and its full-time engagement. Doctoral Interns responsibilities throughout the training process include diverse assignments and activities in relation to the scope and depth of competencies development. Must have strong organizational and time management skills with flexible and "can do" attitude.

Application Procedures

Applicant needs to submit (online) all the appropriate CAPIC applications: -CAPIC Uniform Application (CUA) Form -CERF with verification minimum of 250 interventions hours and minimum of 250 assessment hours (assessment hours include clinical intake assessments, not soley psychodiagnostic assessment hours) plus: -3 recommendation letters from Supervisors or individuals familiar with applicant's clinical work. -Separate of the CUA and CERF, a letter from applicant's Director of Clinical Training indicating the applicant meets qualifications to apply to apply for IMCES' doctoral internship program. -CV -Graduate school transcripts -A letter of intent -To be considered for the incentive as listed, applicants must clearly indicate their linguistic skill or expertise in their letter of intent (to be verified by IMCES Admission Committee). After a review of supplied documentation, if approved, an interview may be scheduled. After applications are received, those who are selected for interviews are requested to send a portrait photo with your name at the bottom of the photograph (as it would appear in a legal ID). The photograph is requested in order to protect confidentiality, safety, and security.

Interview Process:

Interviews are in-person group interviews. No FaceTime or telephone interviews are conducted. Interview includes two domains: (1) an orientation and information session by current interns. Current interns will share their lived experience of the clinical training program, answer questions and provide objective view of the clinical training program; (2) Applicants would enter into a group interview conducted by members of faculty. The interview is structured to assess the goodness of fit between candidate self-interest and choice and organization training goals and investment in our profession. Unlike the traditional clinical interview, this is mostly focused on applicant’s self-knowledge, skills, interest, and commitment to the continuation of our discipline.

What we are looking for:

Enthusiasm for working with a diverse population; appreciation of the need for multicultural sensitivity and awareness; commitment to results oriented treatment, outcome based reports, and an openness to constructive feedback. Applicant must know that the internship includes an academic process, which requires the completion of various educational assignments, including but not limited to, reading assignments, attending classes, case presentation in a group setting. Interns must recognize that clinical training is a learning opportunity with a proper relevant stipend as economic support for the duration of one year. Training includes didactic seminars and direct practice with clients under supervision. Interns must have strong organizational and time management skills with flexible and “can do” attitudes. Individuals who are committed to being lifelong learners and reflective practitioners with interest in working with multicultural target populations with health and mental health challenges from underserved communities demonstrated interest in creative thinking and critical analysis. Individuals who are invested in ongoing self-assessment and self-improvement with a growth mindset to benefit from supportive, collegial, collaborative learning environments.

Additional application docs required (if any)

  • Transcripts - Graduate
  • Other - Applicants from APA accredited graduate institutions are given preference, but depending on language skills and experience working with children or the chronically ill, all applications are given careful consideration. In addition to the CUA and CERF form, applicants must include a separate letter from their Director of Clinical Training verifying that the applicant is qualified to apply to IMCES' doctoral internship training program.
  • County - Los Angeles
  • Contact Person Title - Director of Training
  • Contact Person - Tara Pir, PhD
  • Dir. of Training Title - Clinical Director & CEO
  • Dir. of Training - Tara Pir, PhD

  • Last Updated - 29 November 2023

  • Number of Applicants Last Year - 42

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-183
  • CAPIC Member Since - 2008
  • Region - So. Cal
  • Internships Status - Full
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes
  • CAPIC Internship Types Available:
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - No
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes

Primary Location

  • Executive Director - Dr. Tara Pir
  • 3580 Wilshire Blvd Suite 2000
  • Los angeles, CA 90010
  • Phone - (213) 381-1250
  • Fax - 213-383-4803

Secondary Location

  • 121 W Lexington Dr #300, Glendale, CA 91203
  • Glendale 91203
  • Phone - 818 240-4311
  • Fax - 818 480-3316

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Assessment
  • Brief
  • Consultation
  • Couple
  • Crisis
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Long Term
  • Outpatient
  • Psych. Testing