Rekindle Academy is a training initiative of Rekindle Centre for Systemic Therapy. Starting in 2022, the Academy is offering a newly-structured intensive 8-month (2-semester) graduate clinical internship programme where clinical interns conduct therapy with clients under supervision and receive training from senior experienced therapists.
Our clinical internship program is designed to prepare students and postgraduates (“new professionals”) to become competent in: (1) working out of effective, outcome-based psychotherapy theories and approaches; (2) conducting clinical interventions from a systemic framework for individual, couple, and family clients; (3) handling client issues with professional ethical standards and values; and (4) managing client administrative processes.
Programme Components. The holistic development of our clinical interns is aided by the following components:
Training topics covered in the internship programme include:
Clinical interns work in teams (co-therapy, co-presentations) as well as individually, and can expect to receive per week between 5 to 10 hours of face-to-face therapy work, 1 to 2 hours of clinical supervision (individual or group), and 2 to 3 hours of clinical training (small group). Clinical interns will also be part of Clinical Learning Forums that take place once a month with all Rekindle clinicians, observe and participate in live therapy sessions conducted by experienced therapists (ad-hoc and dependent on client consent), and meet regularly to discuss cases and prepare learning assignments. Non-direct client hours are spent on documenting session notes, case conceptualisation, conducting research on specific client issues, learning models through clinical literature, and learning interventions from video materials. Clinical interns can also reach out to Rekindle’s team of therapists for informal learning and mentoring, and many also make use of their internship hours to pursue therapy training and even receiving personal therapy from providers outside of Rekindle.
Our clinical internship is divided into three 4-month semesters per year: January-April, May-August, and September-December. New clinical interns typically start in the beginning of one of the semesters (i.e. January, May, or September).
All clinical interns are expected to commit to a minimum of 2 semesters (8 months) for the internship, with 4 days a week dedicated to internship work (see Programme Components above). All internship work hours are logged. Clinical interns can apply for “leave” during their internship, but may not exceed more than 7 days (1 week) of leave per semester with the exception of medical or academic reasons, with valid documentation. Clinical interns will receive formal written feedback at the end of each semester, and those who underperform significantly may be terminated from the programme.
Clinical interns who perform well and desire to receive more training experience may apply to extend their 8-month internship by another 4 months (1 semester) to complete a total 12-month internship.
Note: From time to time, Rekindle may invite suitable clinical interns who complete our internship programme to take up a Senior Clinical Internship position which is a stepping stone towards joining Rekindle as a full time therapist. The senior clinical internship programme provides a stipend to the intern, and is by invitation only.
Rekindle is open to accepting motivated mental health students or postgraduates (“new professionals”) who meet the following entry requirements:
*Special Note: Rekindle Academy’s clinical internship programme is designed according to the ethos and model of pre-licensure training in the United States where recent postgraduates (“new professionals”) in mental health can learn from and be guided by clinical supervisors to develop competencies in the fundamentals of safe and effective psychotherapy practice. In the U.S., it is common for post-graduates to engage in supervised clinical experience for a minimum of two years and to accumulate a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct client contact hours, after completing their masters degree and before sitting for their licensure exams (see AMFTRB website for examples). This model ensures that licensed mental health professionals are adequately trained to practice. It is comparable to the housemanship model for medical doctors, or pupillage model for lawyers.
Interested? Submit your application via the Google Form link here. Please submit your application at least 1 month before the semester you desire to begin. You may submit your application even earlier than 1 month before your desired semester if you wish to be interviewed earlier and to secure an internship spot.
The next internship intake begins in September 2022. Interested applicants may apply up to 15th July 2022.
The first day of orientation for the September intake will be on 2 September 2022.
Be sure to prepare and include the following documents in your application:
All applications via Google Form will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are unsuccessful during your first application, you may apply again for a subsequent intake batch. Your chances of getting admitted into our programme will increase with more experience and learning on your part--feel free to ask us how.
Note: The graduate clinical internship does not provide any stipend to the clinical intern, and for the September 2022 intake, interns do not have to pay an internship fee to join the programme.
Last updated: 19th May 2022
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