MFT, LCSW, LPCC Associateship and Psychological Assistantships

Bay Area Community Counseling (BACC) provides Associateships for Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors as well as Psychological Assistantships for therapists in training looking to develop their skills in the areas of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Structural-Strategic Family Therapy. 


BACC MFT associateships, Social Work associateships, Professional Counselor associateships, and psychological assistantships are for clinicians who are interested and dedicated to quality training.  This program starts with an intensive, 32 hour training over a week in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Structural-Strategic Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Child Therapy, and treating ADHD.  The training year continues with one hour of training each week focused on developing strong relationships with clients, as the relationship between the therapist and client is one of the most important outcomes for therapy, and deepening one's skills in using theory and technique.  Much of the training is experiential using role play.  There is two hours of group supervision per week, one hour of individual supervision per 10 client hours, and opportunities for additional training with the one way mirror.  Our training meets all the requirements for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and PsyD/PhDs to earn their hours towards licensure.  Although associates and psychological assistants are paid, they should not expect much of an income as income is not earned until after expenses are covered, which may take around a year.  Many associates in our program have an additional associateship they're involved with as the associateship is within a private practice structure, thus leading for some time for the associate to build a caseload.  Our trainers and supervisors are dedicated to training in the most effective, up to date approaches, and are part of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.


The associateship and psych assistantships will start off with a five day training in July in Attachment Based - Cognitive Behavioral Systemic Therapy (AB-CBST) with a day long training on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a day long training on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, a day long training on Evolving Structural-Strategic Family Therapy, and a day long training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.  For more information about the weeklong training, click here.   

The weekly group supervision will meet on Mondays in San Francisco with the group supervision from 12:00-2:00pm.  Optional one way mirror trainings are on Fridays in San Francisco from 4-6pm.  Individual supervision will begin for MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs when they have enough clients to incur the cost of individual supervision (PsyD/PhD psych assistants will have 1 hour per week from the start).  The associates will have 1 hour of supervision for every 10 clients, thus having 1 hour of individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision for 10 or less clients, and 2 hours of supervision and 2 hours of group supervision for 20 or less clients. 

Associates work unpaid until their income exceeds their expenses and then they receive a percentage of their income afterwards.  Associates see clients referred to BACC on a sliding scale from $100 or less per session.  Licensed therapists in BACC see clients who can pay over $100 per session.  Associates are seeing clients in a private practice setting, where they will usually be using an office for a half or full day in San Francisco, Marin, and/or the East Bay.  Being available for one evening and half of a weekend day are required.  Therapists may also provide in-home sessions. 

We are asking that you commit to taking on a minimum of 10 client hours, which means 10 hours for clients, 1 hour for supervision, 1 hour training, 2 hours group supervision, and 2 hours for paperwork, which total 16 hours minimum.  If you are interested in seeing more than 10 client hours, we ask that you see close to 20 client hours, which would add another hour of supervision, making a total of 27 hours minimum (then 40 hours if you were interested in up to 30 clients).  Although this is a great way to obtain client hours, it is not guaranteed that you'll obtain 10 client hours, so accruing hours may take longer than a more formal associateship or postdoc program.  We are also looking for a minimum of a one year commitment. 

To Apply

If you are interested in doing an associateship or psychological assistantship with BACC, please send a cover letter describing

1) your experience and/or interest in CBT, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy,  family therapy, and EMDR

2) your career goals

3) your motivation for quality training

4) your ability to be successful in a private practice setting, which will include needing to networking and marketing oneself

5) your consideration of the ability to work unpaid for up to a year, and consideration of the limits around accruing clinical hours in the associateship


Please also attach a resume with three references (including their emails).  We will get back to you, have a short phone interview, which may lead into a longer in person interview, then if you seem like a good match, we'll speak with your references.  Although candidates with CBT, EFT, family therapy, and EMDR experience are most preferred, you do not need to have experience in all three, but at least one will help you to stand out when your resume and cover letter are reviewed.  You can contact us by emailing with your resume and cover letter.  Applications are due by June 1st at the latest, but we will be open to receiving applications throughout the year and applications will be accepted until we fill all the spots, which may occur prior to June 1st.  We look forward to having you join our team.