Serve Our Community and Gain Valuable Clinical Experience

Encompass is large organization with 40 programs and 500 employees, making you part of a diverse, powerful local network of change makers. As an intern, you will work at one of our programs in Santa Cruz County acquiring skills in many facets of community behavioral health services for families and individuals of all ages. That program will serve as your internship home-base. Our programs use evidence-based practices and outcome-driven strategies to create social change for individuals in our community. You'll find passionate individuals working together, giving back to our community, and leading with exceptional ideas.

Take a look at the information below to better understand our programs, which are organized by service area. Think about which program interests you the most and may be an option for your internship setting.

Interested? e-mail: internship@encompasscs.org 

Internship Program Settings

 

INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PLACEMENTS

Adult Outpatient Counseling

ALTO Counseling Center - We provide outpatient counseling for substance use and co-occurring disorders in both Santa Cruz and Watsonville. We serve the Santa Cruz Community through a variety of counseling services including: group and individual counseling; anger management; in-custody treatment; and various court-ordered programs.

Youth & Family Counseling

Youth Services – Counseling for children and youth provided in the office or community using trauma-informed, family-based interventions. Trainees are placed in either schools or one of our office locations. Our internship program is designed to begin mid-August and go through mid-June (all placements are Monday-Friday).

Families Together – Voluntary home-visiting program utilizing the Differential Response Model of child abuse prevention. Our clinicians provide counseling and case management for families to improve home safety, child development, and parent-child relationships. Trainees support clinicians and families through case management support and some counseling services. 

Residential Treatment Programs  

Casa Pacific – Is a 12-bed residential program for individuals with mental illness and co-occurring substance use issues. We are part of an innovative project which centers on work and meaningful daily activities as the core of the treatment approach.

El Dorado Center (EDC) – Is a 16-bed, short-term, residential program for individuals who are in need of wrap-around support and daily structure. Most of our residents are stepping down from Psychiatric Health Facilities (PHFs) or long-term locked care units. We provide a supportive environment with structured activities including, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and community engagement.

Santa Cruz Residential – Is a 30 bed, residential treatment program. We provide comprehensive recovery services to men and women with substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders.

Si Se Puede – Is a 23 bed residential treatment program providing comprehensive recovery services to men with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Our services are provided in English and Spanish. Our intern candidates are required to be bilingual or bicultural.

Telos – Is a 10-bed short-term crisis residential program, which serves as a diversion from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Our program provides a healing environment with intensive individual support, crisis intervention, and group counseling. 

Tyler House (STRTP) - This short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP) is for youth in need of a higher level of care in order to stabilize before returning to a previous or new home. 


COMMUNITY-BASED SUPPORT PLACEMENTS

Father Involvement Workshops

Papás of the Central Coast – Services for father figures interested in becoming more involved in their children's lives and more knowledgeable about child development and parenting skills. Curriculum-based workshops are available in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Salinas. 

Health & Housing Services

Housing for Health (H4H) – A program embodying a Housing First model focused on removing structural barriers to housing so that chronically homeless persons can obtain and retain permanent housing in Santa Cruz County. We provide a continuum of services to increase the well-being and quality of life for chronically homeless persons with co-occurring disorders and medical vulnerabilities.

The Housing Support Team – We provide support to over 135 tenants in agency-owned permanent and transitional housing for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The team facilitates house meetings and assists tenants in maintaining stability in their housing and in connecting to the community.

River Street Shelter (RSS) – A 32-bed emergency shelter which provides meals and support for homeless individuals, with special counseling services for people with psychiatric disabilities and chemical dependency.

Santa Cruz AIDS Project –  We serve 200 Santa Cruz County residents who are living with HIV.  Services include case management, outreach and education, HIV testing, transitional housing, benefits advocacy and financial assistance with living expenses.

Transition-Age Youth (TAY) Services – We serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24.  Services include counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing.  The goal is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.


CHILD DEVELOPMENT PLACEMENTS

Encompass has a large early childhood education area through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs. We oversee more than 20 Head Start facilities in the county. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, contact our team about connecting with our Head Start staff.


Interested? E-mail: internship@encompasscs.org