Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Internship - Mental Health

    Job Locations US-CA-Santee
    Req No.
    Internship - Unpaid
    Internship - Unpaid
  • Program/Department Description

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values.  Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.


    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.


    The Intern performs a range of psychotherapeutic and rehabilitative interventions, including psychosocial assessment, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and limited case management duties for clients under the supervision of staff.  The range of authority and decision making for this position is limited to and consistent with MHS policy for Intern/Volunteer staff, and the Board of Behavioral Sciences policies and procedures for internship placement.

    Position Description


    • Provides a variety of services including psychosocial assessments, group and individual counseling, rehabilitation/skills building, case management, relapse prevention, and crisis intervention.
    • Acts as a member of the treatment team and provides input into client care and be available for crisis interventions.
    • Practices the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery, Recovery and Program of Assertive Community Treatment models.
    • Demonstrates and supports a strong working knowledge of dual recovery principles and practices, applying an integrated treatment approach, particularly for forensic or criminally justice-involved clients.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients and exhibits boundaries consistent with professional standards.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Familiarity with current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, and symptoms and treatment of people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
    • Behavioral management techniques, crisis intervention skills; assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques.
    • Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.
    • Assists in promoting program services to community when appropriate.
    • Best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, and the Recovery model of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.
    • Extensive knowledge of individual, group, family and cognitive therapy techniques.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs, and seeking out supervision when needed.
    • A portion of services will be provided in the field.



    • Knowledgeable of cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders. Knowledge of community resources that will be utilized by clients.
    • Must be able to develop sound therapeutic relationships with clients that facilitate their progress toward stated goals engage culturally and interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education. Bilingual in Spanish is preferred if the position serves that population.
    • Respond appropriately to crisis situations and perform sound interventions.
    • Perform a psychosocial assessment and create appropriate client plans based on models of care.
    • Interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.

    Education/Experience Requirements


    • Currently enrolled in Master’s Degree program in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field, OR
    • Is currently registered as an IMF, ASW, or is looking to register for post-doctoral hours.
    • One year mental health experience working with the population, including clinical experience on a multidisciplinary team.


    MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, ethics, co-occurring and gender responsiveness and to routinely demonstrate these traits in everyday work relationships.  To this end, each MHS employee must undergo a minimum of four hours of cultural competency training annually and four hours of ethics, co-occurring and gender responsiveness bi-annually.



    1. Clearance on Background/DOJ Live scan result per contract requirements.
    2. Negative reading from pre-employment TB and Drug Tests.


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