Internship Program at Destination Hope
Stepping into the field of mental health and substance abuse can be intimidating. Yet the field offers incredible personal and career satisfaction. Classroom training is valuable and provides a solid foundation of clinical fundamentals, but there is no comparison to the hands-on experience gained as an intern. That is why Destination Hope started their internship program – to allow aspiring addiction counselors to have a hands-on, real-world experience to support their career. We asked our Director of Compliance, Keli Karbowski, who heads the Internship Program, a few questions.
What Is the Program?
The Destination Hope intern experience is unique, challenging, and fulfilling. Students are awarded the opportunity to practice in a clinical setting that offers an array of services that include group and individual therapies, family, crisis intervention and case management services. The students will be exposed to a variety of mental health and addiction issues. They will also be part of many individuals’ progress and success.
By partaking in a clinical internship experience, students can make better decisions about their career in behavioral health and Destination Hope has been fortunate to have some of our prior student interns become outstanding, full-time employees!
The internship at Destination Hope is rewarding to students because they learn how to utilize the concepts and models of therapy they are learning in school in the real world. We have seen amazing strides, with student confidence growing as they move through their practice and learn different interventions.
Who Do We Look For?
Destination Hope’s internship is open to graduate students enrolled in a counseling program at an accredited university looking to expand their skill set. We also consider bachelor’s candidates in Social Work to fill their internship requirement and complete their degree.
Qualities that we look for in our interns include a willingness to work and learn, flexibility, attention to detail, professionalism, and – most importantly – passion, enthusiasm, and integrity.
First Person Experience
Our current Admissions Counselor, Rob Norris RMHCI, here at Destination Hope started out as an intern! Here is his recollection of the internship experience:
“As a second-year graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I was provided a list of approved places I could apply for internship to accrue the 700 hours necessary to graduate. Honestly, I chose Destination Hope because it was closer to my house in Hollywood Florida. I didn’t know that I was about to embark on a journey that would include an immersive experience into mental health and substance abuse.
My apprehension about my lack of hands-on experience quickly faded as I was supported by the entire staff including the therapists, case manager, supervisors, and clinical director. My first few weeks I shadowed a therapist who allowed me to accompany her throughout her day. I quickly progressed into facilitating groups and conducting individual sessions. My support was supplemented by my internship coordinator, Keli, who always made time for me each week to provide a space to process any issues that arose.
Looking back upon this experience, I feel especially grateful that I was able to complete my internship at a facility that treats both mental health and substance abuse. It is my belief that clinical experience spans one’s entire career, but I could have not found a better place to begin my clinical voyage.”
If you are interested in advancing your career with a hands-on, immersive internship experience, contact us today about applying to our program.