Programs & Services

Professional Training


Internship Opportunities

WISE & Healthy Aging offers a number of internship opportunities within its programs.  Undergraduate and graduate students, fellows and post-doctoral students can learn more about traiing opportunites in the following areas:

In-Home Services/Care Management (contact: (310) 394-9871, ext. 238)

City and County of Los Angeles Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program  & Elder Abuse Prevention Program (contact: (310) 394-9871, ext. 432)

WISE Adult Day Service Center (contact: (310) 394-9871, ext. 482)

PR/Communications and Administrative Residencies (contact (310) 394-9871, ext. 440)

Mental Health Services (contact: (310) 394-9871, ext. 211)

In Mental Health Services, WISE & Healthy Aging serves the emotional, behavioral and physical needs of older adults, ages 55 and above. The division provides individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychiatry, case management and when necessary, collateral and/or family therapy within an outpatient setting as well as within a field setting, through our Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS) program.
Our clients are individuals who display a variety of presenting concerns ranging from normative to pathological. Clients typically experience symptoms related to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders and personality disorders. Additional issues addressed throughout the course of treatment are related to aging, loss, trauma, identity, substance use, grief and bereavement and relationship difficulties including conflict, isolation and loneliness.

     Philosophy of Training

WISE & Healthy Aging places a strong emphasis on the multi-disciplinary training program which is comprised of pre-doctoral interns, social work interns and post-doctoral fellows. We offer a training program that is structured to provide interns with a combination of didactic and supervised, direct service experience that will prepare them for independent practice of clinical psychology. Interns are given the opportunity to practice long-term, insight oriented work. Our philosophy is designed to develop and refine clinical competencies with older adults, promotes a commitment to providing the highest standards of practice through an emphasis on personal and professional integrity and exploration of the process occurring between intern and client. The program reflects the integration of an ethically and culturally sensitive practice incorporating a contextual philosophy of treating older adults. Upon completion of the program, interns can expect to have attained an improved skill set and compassion for working therapeutically with older adults within an outpatient and field-based setting which will be an asset to their ongoing professional development. 

We strive to train our interns in developing a broad-based, general approach to treatment with a specialized skill set in working with older adults.

The agency is located in the heart of Santa Monica, four blocks from the beach and two blocks from 3rd Street Promenade.

     Training Program

The training program is structured to be completed within a part-time, 50 week year. Approximately half of the intern’s time is spent providing direct service to clients within the context of individual and group psychotherapy, 20% in indirect services and the remaining 30% is committed to didactic training including professional seminars and individual and group supervision.
Interns have the opportunity to co-facilitate group psychotherapy in the following group treatment options:

  • Women's Support Group
  • Process Groups
  • Men's Support Group

The training program is designed to increase, enhance and evaluate clinical competency levels and professional growth. We offer a structured, organized sequence of professional seminars led by professional staff and clinicians at WISE & Healthy Aging as well as from the community.
Some topics include:

  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Hoarding
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Object Relations
  • Personality Disorders
  • LGBT Senior Sensitivity Training
  • Psychotropic Medications with older adults
  • Substance use and abuse with older adults
  • Suicide Assessment
  • Therapeutic Frame and Boundaries
  • Various forms of Abuse – sexual, physical, emotional, fiduciary, neglect

Professional seminars are held weekly on Wednesday afternoons. Seminars are designed to provide exposure and education about theoretical concepts while providing an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.

     Application Process

WISE & Healthy Aging Mental Health Services department is a member of CAPIC and adheres to CAPIC guidelines. Post-doctoral postiions are available, and applicants may submit inquiries throughout the year.  For more information, please call (310) 394-9871, ext. 211.