Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Intern/Trainee Program

The Behavioral Health and Recovery Services program offers comprehensive mental health services to seriously mentally ill adults and severely emotionally-disturbed youth and families. We offer services to children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and outreach programs, through our multidisciplinary staff  of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Social Workers, MFT's, Interns and Trainees.

Placement Opportunities

Some opportunities are with our Regional Clinics, which serve adults and youth within a geographic area. Other opportunities are with units that serve specialized populations of older adults, adults and youth throughout the County. Along with the required supervision hours, trainees have weekly didactic seminars and are included in clinical case consultations and in-service training.


San Mateo County's training programs provide training opportunities for approximately 60-75 psychology interns, masters-level trainees and psychiatric residents each year. Students are welcome to attend any of the five didactic training seminars throughout the county. There are bi-monthly psychiatric grand rounds at the hospital that are open to all staff and students. Regular in-service training and specialized staff training are also available for students to attend. Over the past years, there has been training in a wide variety of topics such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Suicide Assessment.

Cultural Competency Stipends

Cultural Competency Stipends are available for those who are able to help provide services to underserved populations within our system of Senior, Adult and Youth Services. Each stipend is $5,000 for an intern or trainee who works 24 hours in their placement. Stipends will be pro-rated if the student works fewer hours. Recipients of the stipend will also be required to participate in a strategic initiatives project/program as negotiated between the trainee/intern and his/her supervisor.

How to Apply

Please see the relevant information packet for your discipline. We are now accepting applications for FY 12/13 placements.

Field Placements for MFTs and MSW graduates

For information about field placements for recent graduates, visit the Master- Level and Alcohol and Drug Certification Program Intern Placement page.

Practicums for Doctoral Students

For students in Doctoral Programs who are looking for practicum placements, please see the BHRS Practicum Placement page.

Pre- or Post-Doc Internships

For Doctoral students who are seeking Pre-Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Internship placement, visit the  Medical Center Doctoral Internship page. 

Please note: we are a member of California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC) and follow their guidelines and procedures.

If you are accepted into one of the BHRS Intern/Trainee programs, complete the Student Information form and return to Claudia Salada:, Phone: (650) 372-6113, or mail it to:  BHRS, 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA, 94403

General information

For more information, please contact:
Katy Davis
BHRS Workforce & Education Training Coordinator
Phone: (650) 372-3214