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Child Guidance Center has been committed to the betterment and growth of the local community for over 65 years. One of the ways Child Guidance Center demonstrates the commitment is by offering practicum and Internships in some of the behavioral health programs it operates. To give program directors the opportunity to learn about potential interns, the agency has developed a Practicum/Internship application process. Interested students are encouraged to read all instructions and program Practicum and Internship requirements before applying.

Child Guidance Center does not have a rolling acceptance due to the high volume of applicants. Each program can only take so many students throughout a year, and that is dependent on various fluctuating factors. However, the agency is committed to accepting as many interns as feasible at any given time; Child Guidance Center values these relationships and has hired many employees that were former student learners.

While interested students can complete applications at any time, applicants for the upcoming semester will stop being reviewed one month prior to the start of each semester (Spring, Summer and Fall). All applicants can expect to receive either a phone call or email expressing interest in setting up a time for a phone screening or an emailed letter indicating why their application is not moving forward in the process. Once the phone screening has been conducted, a face to face interview will be scheduled if the program director thinks the applicant and program could be a good fit.


1) Applications must be completed, including submission of all requested supplemental material.
2) Programs of interest must be selected. More than one program can be selected and two one semester experiences could be combined for a two semester requirement.
3) School requirements and expectations for Internship/Practicum information must be submitted.
4) Meet application deadline to be considered for desired start date.

Below are the programs that accept students, along with a brief description of what the student would look forward to:

Program Descriptions

Outpatient-  An office based treatment program that provides services to children and adolescents, ages 0-18 with a variety of mental health diagnosis, utilizing the most recent ICD and DSM diagnostic manual, in order to decrease the symptoms of the behavioral disorders and to increase their ability to function in the school, home and/or community. Outpatient therapists coordinate with the medical program for psychiatric services for the children and adolescents when appropriate. Individual therapy services may also be provided to a child/adolescent adult caregiver who are eligible and through doing so, could benefit the child client.

Full Service Schools- A community based treatment program that provides services to school aged youth who are referred to the Full Service School Program for having non-academic barriers to student success. The program is designed for six months or less and includes individual, family and group services. These services are offered in designated schools, the program office or in the student’s home. Therapists work closely with school personnel along with other collaborating partners in effort to support the students’ academic success. If appropriate, students may also be referred for targeted case management and psychiatric services.

Community Action Team- A crisis level program that provides services to youth ages 11-22, who are at risk of being displaced from their home due to any number of the following factors: legal issues resulting in placement in a Department of Juvenile Justice commitment program, mental health issues resulting in placement in a residential program and/or the removal by the Department of Children and Families due to concerns for the safety of the child. This program is a six to nine month team approach that consists of a therapist, service coordinator (targeted case manager/mentor), nurse and psychiatric ARNP/psychiatrist. The team uses a strength based perspective to assist not just the youth but the family as a whole.

Targeted Case Management- A community based program that provides needed services to at risk youth ages 3-21 in the Jacksonville, Duval County area. Services are rendered in the client’s home, school or other community locations. The case managers serve as resource brokers who assess and identify the needs of the client, link clients to needed services, monitor the service delivery and advocate for any unmet needs of the client. The purpose of the case management service is to assist clients in gaining access to needed medical, social, educational and other identified services in order to stabilize the client in their homes or the least restrictive environment possible for them.

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