Clinical Services at Out Youth: How to Volunteer and Practicum/Internship Placements
Thank you for your interest in sharing your time and talent with Out Youth! If you are interested in volunteer opportunities related to clinical services, we are looking for dedicated individuals with the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in social work or psychology OR pre-practicum Master’s level counseling student
> Drop-in mental health advocate and/or co-group facilitator
Master’s level counseling student looking for practicum placement
> Minimum two semester (three preferred) practicum to meet program requirements
Licensed Professional Counseling Interns (LPC-I)
> Clinical Services Associate to provide individual, group, or family counseling to earn hours
toward licensure. *Must have independent supervision*
Steps for Volunteering as a Drop-in Mental Health Advocate
1. Complete the brief volunteer interest form on our website
2. Attend a monthly open house (the second Sunday of each month at 4:00 PM) and/or arrange a meeting with the Program Coordinator and Clinical Services Director
3. After we mutually determine fit, you will be invited to complete a background check to begin as a volunteer in the drop-in space
Time Commitment for Drop-in Mental Health Advocate: Wednesday OR Sunday nights, 4:30 - 8:30 PM, monthly or bimonthly.
Steps for Applying for a Practicum Placement
While not required, we encourage those interested in a practicum placement to consider attending a monthly open house (held the second Sunday of the month) before applying for a practicum placement.
1. Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating your interest in a practicum placement at Out Youth to email@example.com during the following application windows:
For a Fall start, please submit via email a resume and cover letter during the previous APRIL
For a Spring/Summer start, please submit via email resume and cover letter during the previous OCTOBER
You will receive a confirmation email that your resume and cover letter has been received in 3 - 5 business days.
2. If your qualifications and interest fit our needs, you will be offered a first round interview via email in May/June (Fall start) or November (Spring start). Please note: unfortunately, you may not receive an offer for an interview due to volume of applicants.
Steps for Applying to be a Clinical Services Associate (LPC-Is)
1. Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate the number of hours you are hoping to earn as a Clinical Services Associate.
2. The clinical director will contact you to set up a follow-up meeting to discuss mutual needs and fit.
Benefits of Becoming a Clinical Volunteer at Out Youth
All clinical volunteers at Out Youth gain experiences to serve this particular community available in few other venues, and also benefit from networking opportunities with other stakeholders serving the LGBT community. Additionally, clinical volunteers have access to opportunities for professional development, including becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid.
As a mental health advocate, you are uniquely positioned to apply for a practicum placement at Out Youth should you choose to do so.
Additional Benefits of Completing Your Practicum or Internship Hours at Out Youth:
o Office space and equipment: evening and weekend accessibility ensures sessions can be scheduled to fit your schedule and availability
o Weekly consultation with clinical director for support, feedback, and learning
o Experience utilizing the clinical management system Therapy Notes
o Training related to treatment planning, crisis intervention, and trauma-informed care
For more information, please contact Sarah Kapostasy, Clinical Services Director at 512-419-1233 ext. 1102 or email@example.com