Training at VCCC
We are highly regarded in the Los Angeles community for offering rigorous training that provides a strong foundation for professional growth. Over 300 alumni have begun their mental health careers at our clinic. Our application can be found here.
Once accepted into our training program, and a start date set (typically in March or September), interns are provided a fourteen hour orientation which addresses the responsibilities included in the internship. A wide array of topics are covered to prepare the new clinician.
The training at VCCC is comprised of three modalities. In addition to supervision, we offer reading groups to expand the and build the clinician’s theoretical knowledge base. A variety of topics are selected for the reading group’s focus. Group discussion is facilitated to enhance learning.
Weekly case conference takes place each Wednesday for one and a half hour per week. This weekly meeting allows for the dissemination of cases and to address any clinical concerns, legal/ethical questions, and also issues arising from either interns or administration necessary to maintain the clinic’s operations. At this meeting, an article is also read and discussed together as a larger group, which continues building the foundation of theory and technique. Guest speakers are often invited into case conference to share their particular expertise. Past presenters have ranged from local psychotherapists in private practice to internationally renowned psychoanalytic writers, such as Christopher Bollas and Neville Symington.
All interns at the clinic are expected to carry a caseload of 8-10 patient hours per week. These hours are determined based on your scheduling preferences and availability. Clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families, teens, and children is offered. There are also opportunities to conduct group therapy (anger management, mother/infant dyads, etc.), and to see younger clients in two nearby schools.
Whereas a one year commitment is required, many interns choose to stay until licensure.
VCCC’s orientation is primarily psychoanalytic. Our goal in training clinicians is to lay the foundation necessary to become competent in practicing from this model.
Thus, our focus is on grasping and applying elements such as an understanding of the transference, countertransference, the frame, unconscious phantasy, symbolic thinking, dreams, etc. While developing clinical understandings from this theoretical model is pursued, various other theories and models (e.g. family systems, Jungian, etc.) which may have relevance to the particular case are also brought in depending on the unique variables and needs of the patient.
Supervision is the prime learning arena in our training program. Supervision is typically one hour of individual and two hours of group supervision weekly.
Here, we hope to bring many concepts inherent in a psychoanalytic approach to life. Our individual and group supervisors come to the task of supervision with a wealth of understanding and experience to help the developing clinician grow in clinical competence and expertise. We have established ties with three psychoanalytic institutes in the Los Angeles area, and benefit from the generosity of many psychoanalysts who volunteer their time to provide supervision. Group supervisors will apply relevant theoretical concepts, help in the process of formulating interpretation and intervention as they may apply to the case material.