Internship and Practicum Program

Internship & Practicum Program

Within our programs, we invite you to begin, continue on, or return to the journey of finding your inner truth. We encourage you to live from that truth with love, both for yourself and others.
We invite all participants at PTI into a community where each seeks to fulfill his potential through participation with others.
We encourage you to develop an attitude of unconditional fascination for your work and for the human beings you treat. Within the frame of respect both for the client and for Self, each student is encouraged to develop his/her own therapeutic style. Inviting, following, and working with process is also taught and practiced. We teach a variety of therapeutic enactments, how to work in various mediums, and how to integrate the numerous counseling models into a style of psychotherapy you can understand, own, and use effectively. At PTI we invite clients, students, colleagues, and ourselves to adopt a life direction of self-empowerment.
You will also be trained in the clinical skills of this profession, including appropriate assessment and diagnosis, goals, and interventions. You will be introduced to the concepts of treatment plans, appropriate referrals, and crisis intervention. Learning to address legal and ethical issues is an ongoing part of this program.
Students enroll in the training program because they want to expand their sense of being and doing as therapists. Although one can use this program as a practicum, it is separate from your Masters Degree program.

Mirror Training Program

Your enrollment in our mirror training program is separate from, yet integrated into, any practicums or internship programs in which you are participating. It provides intensive training. Participants receive immediate guidance and feedback while increasing the level of their therapeutic skills.You will learn and experience the art and science of working live with clients behind one-way mirrors while being guided by a licensed trainer.
The mirror training program takes 4 hours per week. You may also accumulate as many non-paying client hours as you desire at a variety of our offsite programs as well as accumulate as many paying client as you can generate.
Except for the supervision and training, you set your own schedule for seeing clients. You’ll have your own key and access to room scheduling.
Supervision in the mirror: Supervision hours are signed off weekly on the form provided by the BBS. Mirror training hours are signed off weekly as follows:
Group supervision: 2 hours
Counseling/psychotherapy: 1 hour
Training: 1 or 2 hours
Additional training viewing videos: 1 hour
Group Supervision: The group experience is the preferred approach to supervision at PTI for trainees and interns. We do not provide individual supervision.
Emergency Supervision: If you need extra supervision, are under stress, or are confronted by an emergency, an individual supervisor can be immediately available to you.

Students stay until they feel complete. Most students feel complete within 2 years. Come with the attitude of staying as long as you are benefiting from it.

You will learn and experience the art and science of working live with clients behind one-way mirrors while being guided by a licensed trainer. You will have an opportunity to learn on the spot and to get support as you progress. You can observe any of these training before enrollmentcall ahead to get permission to attend.

Four sections:
Tuesdays | 10:00 – 2:00 Starts September 2019
Tuesdays | 4:00 – 8:00 On-going
Wednesdays | 10:00 – 2:00 On-going
Thursdays | 4:00 – 8:00 On-going

“This is what I had moved to California to find: an answer to the ‘more’ question when it came to change in myself and other.”

—Mary Karver
Saybrook Univ., 2012
Licensed MFT, 2016

“I kept hearing about the mirror training … I loved the idea of having backup while I was learning how to become a therapist.”

—Janet Henderson
JFK University, 2012

“Working in front of the one-way mirror is a great opportunity! To be observed directly and recieve feedback, builds skill and confidence as a therapist. I consider the training I recieved at PTI to be the most valuable of my career.”

—Nancy Ryan
Santa Clara Univ., 1983
Licensed MFT, 1986

“I was impressed with the training program, which fit my needs perfectly… I appreciated the flexibility and opportunities to participate as an intern in ways that fit my schedule and training needs.”

—Kevin Cornelius
Phillips Graduate Univ., 2000

“I came to PTI because of the mirror training and then sat in on a group and loved the vibe.”

—Grace Harbin
Santa Clara Univ., 2014
Licensed MFT, 2016

“Don, the mirror program, and his steady support in helping me again and again come back to my own inner guidance and knowing have had a major impact on my development as a process oriented, experiential therapist.”

—Hanna Hammerli
ITP (Sofia University), 2012

“This was the place I learned how to do therapy—not just the model I practiced out of, but how to apply theory to practice in the room.”

—Sharon Lutman
JFK University, 1990
Licensed MFT, 1994