Odyssey Family Counseling Center offers exemplary training and development for students at reputable schools in Georgia who are working on Master’s or Ph.D. degrees in a mental health field, including Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. In order to be considered for placement, prospective students must be enrolled in a traditional type of degree program rather than one in which most or all courses are completed online. Odyssey’s Clinical Director leads the Intern Program, and is the official liaison with the schools.
Odyssey is a highly desired and competitive internship placement site. In order to provide ample opportunity for supervision and clinical experience, Odyssey limits the number of interns to no more than 3 in an academic year. While some previous clinical experience is desirable, it is not required. Internship interviews are conducted in a group format and are facilitated by the Clinical Director and other agency supervisors. Final selections of interns are made by assessing and evaluating the capabilities and interests of each of the candidates and by matching those with the needs and culture of the agency.
Odyssey strives to assist each intern with acquiring a balance of learning opportunity and professional growth along with optimal caseload. Students are assigned clinical work with the oversight of their administrative and clinical supervisors. Type and amount of clinical work is determined by intern readiness, competency, and use of supervision. Most interns will begin with individual therapy and group work, and add couples and families at a later point in their internship if interested.
What can I expect as an intern at Odyssey?
- Exposure to Individual, Group, Couples, and Family Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Therapy for clients of all ages
- Exposure to clients from a wide range of mental health disorders
- Exposure to low-income, disenfranchised clients
- Weekly two-hour supervision group with our Staff Psychologist
- Weekly one-hour individual supervision with Clinical Supervisors
- Mentoring and in-the-moment supervision from all staff as needed.
- Weekly Clinical Team meetings (as intern schedule allows)
- Clinical In-Service Trainings (as intern schedule allows)
What are the minimum requirements to apply?
- Master’s and Doctoral students in a mental health field, including Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy
- Enrollment in a traditional degree program in Georgia rather than an online program
- Commitment to 16-30 hours per week for nine to 12 months (August – May/June/July)
- Availability on Thursday mornings for group supervision
- Willingness to work at least two evenings per week
- Interest in providing therapy to underserved populations
How do I apply?
- Check with your school to make sure that Odyssey’s Intern Program is suitable for your internship needs.
- Submit your resume and letter of interest to Stephanie Barnhart, LCSW at firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN January 31.
- Attend an on-site group interview during the month of February.
- Interns will be chosen and notified by March 15 and will begin in August.
- Interns must complete required online and First Aid/CPR/AED training and complete a background check prior to starting in August.