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Clinical Internship Program

At San Francisco Suicide Prevention, we welcome interns of the behavioral health sciences into our clinical internship program four times a year as space permits. Just fill out the volunteer application and attach your resume and letter of intent. We offer an individually tailored internship schedule with your academic interests, availability and needs in mind. Our extensive training series hones in on developing your crisis management skills, delivery of culturally sensitive HIV and AIDS care, identifying domestic violence, enhancing your active listening skills and familiarizing you with the most sought after social service resources in the bay area. Our current interns come to us from The Wright Institute, Smith College School of Social Work in Boston, University of Texas, Pacifica Graduate Institute, University of San Francisco, John F. Kennedy University and Alliant International University.

Individuals interested in joining this non-paid Clinical Internship Program must first follow all procedures for volunteering prior to acceptance into this program. This includes the following:

  1. Submitting a completed SFSP volunteer application before its due date
  2. Submitting your current resume
  3. Successfully completing an initial interview with the Volunteer Coordinator or Weekend Coordinator
  4. Being accepted into the volunteer training program
  5. Complete the classroom and mentoring portions of the training.

Send a letter of intent via e-mail expressing your interest to the Volunteer Coordinator, Joel Goldsmith, at [email protected]

Interns accepted into our Clinical Supervision Group include current students and graduates of mental health programs (e.g., MFT, Psy.D., Ph.D.) who are required by their programs to accrue “hours” leading to licensure.  Interns who are currently enrolled in an academic program should obtain written approval from their school (via contract) prior to committing to this program, if they anticipate on accruing  hours toward licensure.  Seating in this group is limited to 8 participants, with preference given to graduates. Only when space permits will volunteers who are not in a graduate or postgraduate course of study be considered for participation.

FOR MSW STUDENTS: The Board of Behavioral Sciences will only accept in-person services as a means of fulfilling licensure requirements.  We do not offer any supervised in-person services at SFSP, and it is EXTREMELY unlikely that volunteering here would count towards your degree.  If you are only interested in SFSP in order to fulfill your school requirements, please talk with your supervisor before applying to become an intern.


All individuals interested in interning must meet these qualifications:

  • Be at least 20 years of age
  • Be enrolled in a qualifying academic or professional program with an emphasis in counseling, psychology, marriage and family therapy
  • Intern with us in this clinical capacity for a minimum of 200 hours

Bilingual, bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Upon completion of the training process, all interns will be expected to do the following:

  1. Provide emotional support, information and referrals to a diverse range of callers on the various crisis lines that we answer.
  2. Attend and participate in weekly group supervision with our licensed clinical supervisor (Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
  3. Obtain all necessary documents required by their academic or licensing program
  4. Seek out the supervisor’s signatures for these documents in a timely fashion

No face-to-face, individual, or group/client hours are available at this time.


Upon successful completion of the training process, interns will be expected to work one four-hour phone shift per weeks, providing emotional support, information, and referrals to a diverse range of callers on the various crisis lines that we answer. Our caller population is rich in cultural diversity. It is this diversity that affords our interns ample opportunity to practice their newly acquired clinical skills, while developing a greater appreciation for the needs of the chronically mentally ill, without regard to a caller’s cultural identity, disability, race, age, spiritual practice, gender or sexual orientation.  Two weeks vacation and other necessary time off can be negotiated with the Volunteer Coordinator two weeks prior to the desired time off, whenever feasible, a nice way to promote professional responsibility and self-care.

In accordance with our commitment to enhance and promote the professional development of all our interns, trainees, volunteers and staff, attendance at clinical trainings, ongoing seminars and support meetings is highly encouraged.

About Our Clinical  Supervisor

Philip Tsui, Psy.D., LCSW
Clinical Consultant & Intern Supervisor

Dr. Philip Tsui is a clinical psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker (California) with 25 years of experience in clinical practice, clinical supervision, and management in a broad spectrum of mental health and human service organizations. He is a clinical consultant and clinical supervisor (group supervision) at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, Inc. in San Francisco. He is an approved provider of continuing education of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong University, Adjunct Faculty Member of Department of Behavioral Sciences at City College of San Francisco, and at Alliant International University—Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Tsui is also an international trainer who has made numerous presentations and conducted training workshops in the USA, Taiwan, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong.