Clinical Training

The 2023-2024 Intern application process is CLOSED. 

Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Center provides comprehensive outpatient services to Philadelphia residents in need. Hall-Mercer provides a range of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. This year our trainees can opt to begin their field placement in May 2023 or August 2023.   

Trainees in the Hall-Mercer program may participate in a range of clinical rotations. Rotations may include intake clinics, social rehabilitation groups, drug and alcohol support groups, facilitating groups in adult inpatient settings, observing medication management clinics, and engaging in group work with a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities. While these rotations may be available, the primary focus of this internship is to provide outpatient therapy services to prepare you for post-grad clinical work.  

There is an alternate rotation option to work within the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Center (PJJSC), Philadelphia’s only secure detention facility for youth. This opportunity would require 4-8 hours of dedicated time per week. The selected intern would be supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and work with a team of clinicians and case managers to provide therapeutic services to adolescents within the PJJSC. If you are interested in this opportunity, please indicate this specifically within your personal statement. Given regulatory guidelines for working in this setting, there are additional onboarding steps for this rotation. 

Trainees will be expected to: 

  • Participate in weekly individual supervision 
  • Participate in a weekly group supervision and case presentations.
  • Attend monthly intern meetings 
  • Participate in assigned clinic rotations 
  • Maintain a caseload of 8-10 therapy clients    

Additionally, we can only accommodate students who are available during our regular business hours, generally 8am- 6pm, Monday through Friday. Selected interns are expected to be onsite on Monday’s. 
To apply, please submit a copy of your current resume and please write a 1–2-page personal statement with information about your social location, perspective on trauma informed and anti-racist practices, clinical interests, and training goals. In your statement, please also include the reason for your interest in community mental health and your anticipated start date.

Please submit your application materials to no later than February 15th. If selected for an interview, you will be notified at the end of February. 



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