Training Opportunities

Post-Masters or Second Year Students in MSW/MFT Programs

Doctoral Practicum Students

Discovery Counseling Center of the San Ramon Valley is a community based non-profit organization serving the San Ramon Valley for five decades. Discovery Counseling Center pledges to be a mental health agency of full inclusion where staff, clients and members of our diverse community can thrive.

 

We offer a robust training program to provide opportunities for students and trainees to gain practical experience with patients in a clinical setting. Training programs include School-Based, Clinic, and School/Clinic Combination opportunities.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

School-based Track

Counselors in the School Counseling and Intervention Program (SCIP) work in the schools with at-risk youth in individual, group and parent counseling sessions. SCIP Counselors are assigned to schools in the San Ramon Valley School District and will be affiliated with an elementary, middle school, high school or alternative school. The program is approximately 10-12 clinical hours (2 school days) plus 5 hours of training and supervision per week, with a 10-month commitment.

Applicants should have a minimum of one year’s experience involving children and be able to work independently during the school day. This option might be applied toward MFT/PPS hours as well. The program begins in late August and ends in mid-June. This is a paid position for Registered Associate MFT/PCC’s and a stipend is offered to Trainees.

CLINIC TRAINING TRACK

Counselors in this program work with adults, children, couples and families in our clinic. Additional responsibilities may include community outreach and participation in agency events. The program is 15-20 hours per week including a minimum of 10 clinical cases and 3 hours of supervision, with a 12-month commitment. Some evening and/or weekend hours are expected.

Applicants for this track can include:

  • Pre-licensed therapists
  • Associates at the Master’s Level
  • Doctoral students who are in their third year or more

Applicants will be required to have ample clinic experience and either be registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an associate marriage therapist or be registered with the Board of Psychology as a psychological associate. Practicum students who have reached a minimum of their third year in their doctoral practicum or post-doctoral fellows seeking either an internship or externship may also be accepted into this track.

Dual Track

A combination of School and Clinical, this dual track is available to pre-licensed therapists of all levels. Because associates will be working with SCIP as well as in the clinic, associates will receive a caseload consisting of one school and five clinic clients. The dual track offers a high number of hours for associates looking to gain ample amount of practical experience.

Sports Psychology Program

Similar to the SCIP or School Based Counseling Intervention Program which seeks to provide early and effective intervention on mental health, the Sports Psychology Counselor, supervised by a licensed therapist is placed at each of the district high schools in an effort to provide mental health support to athletes and athletic departments. The Counselor is available for a total of 10- 15 hours per week to provide one-on-one assessment and mental skills/mental health counseling with student athletes, consultation with coaches, group work with and presentations to sports teams on an as-needed basis.

How Will it Work?

● During the school day, the sports psychology counselor will work with student athletes in individual therapy sessions.

● During this time, individual athletes can speak with the counselor about what might be going on as it relates to their sports, or life.

● In return, the counselor will provide strategies, techniques, and tools for the athletes to implement in practice, games, and in other aspects of their life.

What kind of counseling will athletes receive?

The sports psychology counselor is qualified to provide both mental skills/mental health
counseling.

Program Manager

Dr. Noah Asch, PsyD
NoahAsch@discoveryctr.net
925.837.0505 Ext 354 (VM only)

How to Apply

MFT/PCC/CSW Trainees and Associates
Please submit via email a letter of intent, resume and two letters of reference to:

Robert Ayala, LMFT
RobAyala@discoveryctr.net
Phone: (925) 837-0505 ext. 355

Doctoral Students
Please submit via email a letter of intent, resume and two letters of reference to:

Dr. Noah Asch, PsyD
NoahAsch@discoveryctr.net
Phone: (925) 837-0505 ext. 354

We are members of Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative (BAPIC). For BAPIC applicants, please follow uniform application guidelines and procedures. These can be found at http://www.bapic.info

“I have gotten so much out of my time at Discovery! The school placement has been very fulfilling and has taught me so much. The supervision has been awesome and the support incredible. I love the emphasis on a positive intern/staff community; I feel I can totally focus on my learning experience. The didactic training has been excellent as well. You can’t go wrong here!!”

-Doctoral student

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N. S. LEE

Retired Project Manager, Kaiser-Permanente

Affiliations:

  • Toastmasters’ International
  • Project Management Institute

MIA LEONDAKIS

Former Vice President of Transformation at ServiceNow and VMware

Affiliations:

  • Former Board of Directors, Fostering Wishes
  • Thrift Station

ROBERT COMBS

Real Estate Advisor, Compass

Affiliations:

  • Town of Danville Planning Commissioner
  • Board Member, Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • President, Danville Rotary, Town of Danville Design Review Board Member
  • Board of Directors
  • League of California Cities, California State University at Chico Alumni Board of Directors
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • CSU
  • Past President

MICHAEL COPELAND

Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Affiliations:

  • San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds
  • San Ramon Valley Girls’ Athletic League Softball
  • Contributor to Alive Magazine

MARK DAVIS

Tri- Counties Bank- Senior Vice-President

Affiliations:

  • American Heart Association
  • United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Anthony’s San Francisco
  • San Francisco and Sacramento Food Banks
  • Sacred Heart Community
  • Past Board Member California Symphony
  • Past

JENISE FALK

Retired San Ramon Valley Unified School District Principal

Affiliations:

  • President of the Friends of Discovery(Thrift Station)
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

NEWELL ARNERICH

Town of Danville, Town Council Member, AD Architects, Inc., President & Co-founder

Affiliations:

  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Board Member & Past President
  • Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary Club- Member & Past President
  • AIA
  • American Institute of Architects
  • NACRB
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Board
  • Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

KATHY CHIVERTON

Retired Executive Director Discovery Counseling Center

Affiliations:

  • Leadership San Ramon Valley Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Danville
  • Contra Costa County Measure X Community Advisory Board Member

MARIE HALL

  • Licensed Social Worker; Retired Clinical Director
  • St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Affiliation:

  • Friends of Discovery

MITCHELL HOPSON

Vice-President of Finance, Zearn

Affiliations:

  • Diablo Black Men’s Group (past Treasurer)
  • San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition (founding member)
  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Board of Directors
  • Youth sports coach

DAVID KRAVITZ

Affiliations:

  • Director of Student Services
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Claire Humphrey

Retired Pediatrician: Valley Community Health Center and Blackhawk Medical Group

Affiliations:

  • Marriage Mentor Community Presbyterian Church
  • Spiritual Mentor CityTeam Oakland

SCOTT LUCIA

Wealth Management at Andrews, Lucia Wealth Management LLC

Affiliation:

  • Tassajara Valley Little League

ANDY LI

Board Member, Contra Costa Community College District

Affiliations:

  • President
  • Civic Leadership USA
  • President
  • API Coalition, Board of Directors
  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Steering Committee
  • San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition
  • Rotary Club of Dougherty Valley/San Ramon

NEAL MITCHELL

Community Volunteer

Affiliations:

  • Hall of Fame Board Member Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Board Member Love for Margot Foundation
  • Past Board Member Mercator Medical Systems
  • Past Board Member Injoy Media Corporation

NISHI MOONKA

Chief of Staff/Head of Purpose and Culture at Blue Beyond Consulting

Affiliations:

  • Quail Run Learning Fund Vice President
  • PTA

SARAH NIX

Attorney, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law By the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Affiliations:

  • Past President, Board of Diablo Valley of Estate Planning
  • Iron Horse Mother’s Club
  • AAUW, Volunteer St. Isidore’s Parish
  • East Bay Trust &amp, Estate Lawyers

JILL PURCELL

Owner Purcell International – Food Importing Business

Affiliations:

  • San Ramon Valley YMCA- Past Board Member
  • Diablo Homeowner’s Association- Past Secretary
  • Dorris-Eaton School-Past PTA President
  • Green Valley School and Monte Vista High School- Past PTSA Member

PAT WILSON

Retired San Ramon Valley Unified School District Educator

Affiliations:

  • Sons in Retirement (SIRS)
  • 100 Club of Contra Costa County
  • Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) Sponsor Program
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

MARY VERSTRAETE

Retired from Banking

Affiliations:

  • Member of the Friends of Discovery
  • Thrift Station

GARY RIELE

Affiliations:

  • Principal
  • Riele Commercial Real Estate

ANN WILLOUGHBY

Retired Chief of Staff, University of California Office of the National Laboratories

Affiliations:

  • Treasurer Friends of Discovery Board (Thrift Station)
  • Quest Science Center Advisory Board
  • Livermore Lab Foundation
  • Expanding Your Horizons
  • Agape Village Foster Family Agency
  • American Association of University Women