PLN 1000

MFT/MSW Graduate Student Trainee (Birth to Five)

Clinical Services 6th Street, 849 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, California, United States of America Req #210
Monday, March 25, 2024

About PLN

Founded on Skid Row in 1980, Para Los Niños provides education and wraparound support, serving over 10,000 children, youth, and families annually in some of the most underserved areas in Los Angeles. PLN fosters pathways to success by striving for excellence in education, family support, and comprehensive social-emotional, and community-based services.

Through early education, TK-8th grade education, youth workforce services, and family and community services Para Los Niño’s’ model provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and help children and youth thrive.

Description of Population Served

Para Los Niños’ Mental Health Services Program works to address the mental health needs of children, ages 0-21, and their families in Service Planning Area 4 of Los Angeles (Skid Row, Downtown, Pico-Union, Boyle Heights, and Ramona Gardens Projects). We are the area’s only mental health services provider for children in this area. 100% percent of the children and families we serve come from very low-income households, with the majority of them living 250% below federal poverty guidelines. The current median income of our families is $11, 500 for an average household size of 3-6 people, less than five times the California average. 95% of our clients are Latino; 5% are African-American. 87.5% of the children’s caretakers read little to no English. Of the children we serve, 18.2% are five years old or under; 52.2% are 6-10 years old; 25.2% are 11-15 years old; 4.4% are 16-20 years old.


Position Overview 

Mental Health:  Clinical track within MH that entails a specialization in working with children ages birth to five years old and their parent(s)Student receives training in Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health documentation and will carry a small caseload of children in the Mental Health DepartmentStudent will also be placed part of their time in our Early Education program providing assessment, observation and services to children in Head Start /Early Head StartOther training opportunities include collaboration and support to teachers in the classroom and participation in monthly Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings.  Student will also have the opportunity to train in an evidenced based approach known as Nurturing Parenting.


Available Internship Days and Times 

This internship is a 20 hours a week commitmentInternship days and times are flexible and depend on the specific track. However, Wednesdays are a mandatory training day as this is the day of the week in which staff meetings, trainings and group supervision take place on a weekly basis (9am-3pm).  


The primary start date for training is the first Wednesday after Labor Day. However, there are several slots available to start in June for the Mental Health track.  There will be a 2 day orientation that will take place at the end of August in order to help the students with onboarding activities. This 2 day orientation is necessary in order to ensure students have completed activities that will support their beginning their clinical training.   It should also be noted that the first two weeks of training in September, most trainings are scheduled to take place on Monday, Wednesday and FridayAttendance to these training days is required unless prior arrangements have been discussed with the respective training supervisor. 


Special Requirements: (ielivescan , TB clearance, training days prior experience) We require that all students pass a livescan, drug screening and TB testAgency wide trainings are also required (topics on trauma informed treatment, child abuse reporting, CPR / First Aide, etc..) 

  • Supervision and Training Plan:  (describe format and delivery:  individual, group, time, day of training and training topics) 
  • Supervision:  Students receive 1 hour of individual and 2 hours of group supervision weeklyBoth individual and group supervision is done in personGroup supervision consists of no more than 8 studentsStudents present cases each week in a structured presentation format to facilitate this area of their professional development.  
  • Meetings with Preceptors / Mentors:  Students are assigned a preceptor / mentor at the beginning of the training yearThis preceptor / mentor is a seasoned clinician who will essentially be available to support the student as they learn their role in providing services.  For the students who are in the Mental Health Track, this preceptor / mentor will have the student shadow them in doing an intake assessment of the student’s first client.  The preceptor / mentor will then shadow the student as they administer the intake assessment of their second client.   
  • Trainings:  Students participate in weekly and bi-monthly trainingsTrainings take place on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm.  Once to twice a month (1st and 3rd Wednesday) we hold trainings on various topics that support the work with children and families.  Various topics that have been presented previously include crisis intervention, compassion fatigue, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, attachment, brain development, Relationship Based Approach, art therapy and sensory processing disorders.   

Physical Requirements

To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend.
  • Must be able to speak and hear well.
  • Good vision is imperative.
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds without assistance.

Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff  

Candidates for employment at Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following: 

  • Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños. 
  • Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families. 
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards -- for self, students, and colleagues. 
  • Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development. 
  • Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement. 
  • Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team. 
  • Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition. 
  • Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively handle challenging situations.
  • Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
  • Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance. 

 Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Internship
  • Required Education Master’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Clinical Services 6th Street, 849 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, California, United States of America