Tim Sabourin, M.A. - Clincial Director
Alison West - Intake Coordinator
Stisha Vaughn, M.A. - Off-Site Placement and Contract Coordinator


The Modern Therapy Program offers excellent training and supervision for post-masters therapists. Interns in this program see a varied clientele for individual, couple and family therapy. Interns may work from and receive supervision and training in a variety of theoretical models. They are encouraged to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their preferred theoretical orientation while becoming familiar with other models so they will be prepared for a variety of clinical situations. Extensive training is provided in psychosocial assessment, DSM diagnoses and treatment planning. 

The Postmodern Therapy Program offers excellent training and supervision for post-masters therapists. Interns in this program see a varied clientele for individual, couple and family therapy. Supervision will focus on the practical applications of Solution Focused, Narrative and Collaborative Language System ideas. Postmodern therapy approaches invite us to see people as resource laden and full of possibility, not pathology.  Interns will learn how to engage clients in dialogue that generates meaningful change and more useful life narratives. Throughout the year, interns will learn how to effectively communicate with peers from different theoretical orientations when discussing assessment, DSM diagnosis, treatment planning, documentation and legal and ethical considerations.

All Interns meet on Wednesdays (10AM–3PM) for two hours of in-service training and two hours of modern or postmodern group supervision. Additionally all interns receive one hour of individual supervision. 

Clients are seen at our center, residential treatment centers, outpatient facilities, schools, and in other settings as arranged by the Counseling Center. Interns who complete the program working in the counseling center and at selected offsite locations will gain experience in the requirements of working in an agency setting.  In addition, emphasis is placed on professional development of interns who plan to include private practice as part of their professional future.  Trainings are provided in marketing and building a psychotherapy practice.

Program Director:
Diane Lee, M.A., LMFT
(818) 386-5614, or email dlee@pgu.edu

To download an Internship application click here.


The School-Based Child Therapy Program has been an ongoing program at the Counseling Center for over 35 years and provides school-based counseling services to local schools.  The program specializes in child therapy from different theoretical perspectives such as Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, Postmodern, and Humanistic/Existential, within a systemic perspective of the child's school and family.  This program focuses on a collaboration of ideas, lessons and activities which help interns work with children and adolescents, both individually and in groups, through issues that include divorce, grief and loss, anger management, bullying and self-esteem. One component of this program is The Social Skills/Violence Prevention Program, through which therapists provide social skills training to groups of children as well as individual counseling to children and their families. Throughout the year, therapists will be trained in assessment, DSM diagnosis, treatment planning, session note writing, and legal and ethical issues. 

Interns meet in the summer on Tuesdays for training (10AM-2PM).  In the fall and spring, interns meet on Mondays (2PM-5PM) or (4PM-7PM) for training and group supervision, as well as one six hour day during the week at their assigned school.

This program provides children and family hours for MFT as well as MFT/PPS and MFT/Art Therapy interns.

Openings available: 8-10

Program Director:
Fereshteh Mazdyasni, M.A., LMFT
(818) 386-5676, or email fmazdyasni@pgu.edu

To download an Internship application, click here.


The Latino Family Therapy Program is an integral part of the Spanish-speaking services provided by the Counseling Center to the predominately Latino communities in the San Fernando Valley.  Interns need to know conversational Spanish since the therapy and supervision are conducted in Spanish.  Interns participating in the program will be able to raise their proficiency in Spanish and learn clinical use of the language. Clients of the program are seen through a collaborative approach that includes co-therapy care, direct observation of treatment sessions and the use of reflecting teams. There are two major emphases in the program; first, the clinical application of family systems theories with Latino clients and families, and second, the cultural integration of family dynamics and personal behavior in clinical assessment and practice.

Interns meet Wednesday evenings (5PM-9PM) for training, clinical in vivo observation and group supervision. Additional daytime, evening or Saturday hours are required to see clients. Clients are seen at our center, residential treatment centers, outpatient facilities, schools, and in other settings as arranged by the Counseling Center.  Interns must attend the Latino Behavioral Health Institute’s Annual Conference in September 2013, from 8AM-5PM and pay the registration fee; last year it was $75. (The exact date and hotel of the 2013 conference has not been announced.)

Program Director and Clinical Supervisor:
Jose Luis Flores, M.A., LMFT
(818) 386-5651 or email jlflores@pgu.edu

To download an Internship application, click here.


Interns are given the opportunity to gain skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism, chemical dependency and process addictions with special emphasis on the treatment needs of those with one or more co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Training focuses on building assessment and case presentation skills through structured case presentation in supervision group, where interns are encouraged to work collaboratively with other interns in designing treatment and relapse prevention plans. Interns have an opportunity to work with substance abusers, their partners and families. 

Estimates are that three out of ten persons diagnosed with a mental health disorder also have a substance use disorder some time in their lives and about 64 percent of drug abusers in treatment also meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis.  Mental health practitioners can no longer afford to dismiss the needs of such a large treatment population without severely limiting their skills set. 

Supervision group is scheduled for Mondays (4PM-6:30PM). Supervision group is limited to eight trainees and interns and meets BBS requirements. Counseling sessions are recorded and then reviewed in supervision, as are session notes and case files. Clients are seen at our center, residential treatment centers, outpatient facilities, schools, and in other settings as arranged by the Counseling Center.  

In addition to group supervision, interns must enroll in, or have completed, the 600 Series of classes which meet Monday evenings from (7PM-10PM). These courses are designed to provide a comprehensive substance abuse education and experience in identifying and concurrently treating co-occurring disorders. As a WASC accredited institution, these courses meet or exceed the educational requirements for most chemical dependency certification programs (such as CAADAC).

Interns are required to complete an introductory course, such as Phillips Graduate University PSY521 as a prerequisite or concurrent course with this internship.

A minimum of one year’s sobriety is required of those who identify as recovering from alcohol and/or drug dependency.     

Program Director and Clinical Supervisor:
Pamela Georgette, M.A., LMFT, ATR
(818) 813-1621, or email pgeorgette@pgu.edu

To download an Internship application, click here.


The Early Childhood Therapy Program in a Preschool Setting is a specialized training for therapists who want to work with young children and their families.  This program serves infants and children ages 3-5, in the San Fernando Valley.  Families with infants under the age of three receive services in a home based program; children ages 3-5 and their families receive services at local Head Start schools or other preschool sites. Most therapists will be providing counseling in a school setting.  Many of the schools are located in the Latino/Hispanic community of the San Fernando Valley.  Therapy with the children and consultation with staff and faculty is in English, while many of the parents are monolingual.  Therefore, our services are offered in both English and Spanish.

The therapists in this system-based child and family therapy program will be trained in basic assessment and interventions for families with children from infancy to five.  The training introduces the therapist to child therapy in the preschool classroom, using Play Therapy and Social Skills in assessment and intervention.  As a part of providing services to the child, the therapist may also provide individual and couples therapy for the parents.  Attention to developmental milestones from birth to five, cultural awareness, family strengths and parenting skills are emphasized.  Therapists will also have the opportunity of providing parenting classes.

Participants will receive weekly trainings in various modalities including family systems, postmodern and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as, psychosocial assessment, and DSM diagnosis.  There will be special emphasis on attachment and early child development, along with individual and couples therapy.  Group supervision will be provided, with ongoing on-site consultation.  This program provides children and family hours for MFT and MFT/Art Therapy interns.

Students meet on Mondays (12PM-3PM) for training and supervision. Therapists see children and families at local Head Start or other preschool locations during the week.

Program Director and Clinical Supervisor:
Robin Graham, M.A., LMFT
(323) 533-8227, or email robingraham@sbcglobal.net

To download an Internship application, click here.

For application information call the Intake Coordinator, Alison West at 818 386-5615

You may also download an application at www.pgi.edu (click on Counseling Center)


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