Turning Point Community Programs (TPCP)
has the privilege of serving over 50 student interns each school year who require field work or practicum placements. We have partnered with 22 different universities throughout the United States. We have placement opportunities in over 36 programs with sites in nine California counties serving members from early childhood through adulthood. What sets TPCP apart is the richness of the diversity of experiences in environments where the tone is of hope, optimism and enthusiasm as each intern/trainee moves towards their learning goals.
TPCP’s goal is to structure an internship/trainee program that is exemplary, well-organized and a comprehensive experience for interns/trainees. Each site structures an internship/trainee experience to best meet the needs of the interns/trainees via a tailored description of their program and the service recipients’ service provision.
Interns and Trainees come to TPCP at different stages in their professional development from their college/university programs (i.e., last year of their Bachelors, 1st, 2nd, 3rd year of Master’s and Doctorate programs). TPCP also accepts Nurse Practitioner interns and interns with placement requirements from the fields of psychology and sociology. The internship/trainee-ship responsibilities at TPCP will uphold and continue the structured expectation and rich learning opportunities currently offered through their school/university programs.
Based on their level of experience, each intern receives clinical supervision supported by an examination of the theoretical and empirical literature which includes:
- Therapeutic and supervisory alliance based on effective practices in supervision
- Diversity competence through treatment models and effective interventions specific to various ethnic and cultural minority groups
- Ethical and legal responsibilities
- Diagnostic criteria and research/evidence grounded interventions for the major disorders based on the DSM 5
- Case Management responsibilities which may include development of bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural assessment and treatment plans
- Introduction to group process and dynamics through a co-facilitator role and observation participation
- Training opportunities facilitated by TPCP in a wide variety of evidence based, relevant practice theories/interventions such as CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Practice and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Trauma Based CBT, MRT, Mindfulness, Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Cultural Competency, etc.
- Resource availability through the county of service provision such as SSI, Medi-Cal, homelessness, substance use and medical providers which is collected, researched and updated annually
Interns and trainees are selected after a two-interview process followed by Human Resources clearance. Orientation, training and shadowing is then offered to all students.
Our hope is that through offering these internship opportunities, more mental health professionals will bring enthusiasm and a belief that “a diagnosis is not a destiny” to their work with those experiencing psychiatric disabilities.