Contact

  • Jes Moniz, MA, Manager of Community-Based Programs
  • 925-969-3345
  • jmoniz@jfku.edu

Overview

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Through the OCT’s Community-Based Counseling Program (CBCP), our counselors provide mental health services in school, college, and partnering agency settings in the local community. Our counselors utilize a variety of treatment approaches, including, but not limited to, solution-focused brief therapy, humanistic therapy, expressive arts, and play therapy. Services offered include:

  • Individual counseling for adults and youth
  • Group therapy
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Referrals for acute crisis intervention

Services are tailored to the needs of each client, many who seek help coping with:

  • Depression, anxiety, grief, divorce, trauma, and other personal concerns
  • Youth issues: self-esteem, bullying, sexuality, and school-related problems
  • Family issues: parenting, child-parent conflicts, blended families, and violence prevention

The Office of Clinical Training currently provides services to the following districts and community agencies:

  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Antioch Unified School District
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Alameda Unified School District
  • Contra Costa Community College District
  • Solano Community College District
  • Family Justice Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Contra Costa County

Clinical Training Experience

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The Office of Clinical Training provides a comprehensive clinical training experience that enables counselors to become well-rounded mental health professionals:

    • MFT trainees and associates from the JFKU community and beyond are able to complete their mandated practicum and licensure hours and prepare for the state licensing exam
    • PsyD clinical trainees at JFKU are able to gain hours and an array of experience that will meet their practicum and/or externship requirements
    • Clinical supervision is provided by professionals licensed in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, and social work
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Training Emphasis

The OCT empowers counselors to provide therapy to diverse populations and to be professionally successful in a diverse range of settings.

Therapy

OCT training emphasizes the practice of solution-focused brief therapy, family systems, and humanistic approaches. Counselors are also supported in exploring populations and theories they are passionate about and that are relevant to graduation and to the licensing exams. All counselors are supported in their growth as mental health clinicians through ongoing clinical trainings.

Professional Skills

Counselors are also equipped to expand their repertoire of experience beyond the therapy setting. Our program uniquely teaches counselors how to work in community-based settings and introduces them to the policies and procedures inherent to our community-based program. Counselors learn how to collaborate with other helping professionals such as teachers, nurses, and social workers, how to provide community presentations/workshops, and how to represent themselves as professional clinicians in the community.

Clinical training topics include, but are not limited to:

Theories and Modalities

  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Humanistic and holistic approaches
  • Play/expressive arts/drama therapy techniques
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family collateral and therapy work

Clinical Issues Relevant to CBCP Populations

  • Depression/anger/anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Crisis and trauma
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Working with veterans
  • Diversity and cultural competency
  • Developmental stages

Professional Skills

  • Comprehensive clinical assessment and screening
  • Case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Law and ethics
  • HIPAA compliancy regulations and electronic medical record keeping system

Commitment

The program typically requires a one-year (four quarter) commitment and begins just before the fall quarter (September-October), with some exceptions due to program needs. Winter quarter is usually the next best time to start, although placement opportunities may not be as plentiful.   

Counselors are typically required to work at least 20-25 hours per week, which includes a minimum of 10 client hours per week, paperwork, supervision, and trainings. This schedule gears counselors who are in graduate programs toward graduating in a timely manner. However, this schedule can be negotiated for trainees and MFT associates who work and or are in other placements.