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Family Systems and Parenting

Learning Pathway Component

Ryther’s work with children and young people extends to working with caregivers and families (including chosen families) across all our programming.  Interventions for families often include case management, parenting support, family therapy, group therapy for families, psychoeducation, and crisis support.  Interns in this Learning Pathway will have the opportunity to work alongside Ryther clinicians in a wide variety of programs.

We are currently accepting the following internship applications for the Family Systems and Parenting Pathways:

SPRING 2024

No Openings.

SUMMER 2024

No Openings.

FALL 2024

Bachelor’s
1st Year / Generalist Master’s
2nd Year / Advanced Master’s

WINTER 2025

Bachelor’s
1st Year / Generalist Master’s

Common Learning Activities:
 

  • Co-facilitate parenting/family support groups with parents and caregivers

  • Co-facilitate child/teen psychoeducation groups

  • Provide Individual and family therapy (clinical/advanced master’s interns only)

  • Support individual parents through coaching, case management, and crisis de-escalation

  • Sharpen your skills at consultations focused on family systems, parenting, and early childhood mental health

  • Collaborate at weekly team meetings, including multi-disciplinary case consults (“grand rounds”), including marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatric providers, and more.

  • Gain support at weekly individual and group supervision

  • Learn from a vast array of client ages, clinical conditions, family structures, and relationship types.

 

TRAININGS

Our rigorous onboarding process includes a variety of core trainings such as:
 

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Behavior management and crisis de-escalation

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Record keeping and clinical writing

  • Workplace expectations

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Case management skills

 

Additionally, students in this Learning Pathway get specific training and supervision in:

  • Introductory training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills

  • Introductory training in Attachment Theory and Parent-Child relationship interventions

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (clinical/advanced master’s interns only)

  • Applying Trauma Informed Practices in therapy (clinical/advanced master’s interns only)

  • Promoting First Relationships training (clinical/advanced master’s interns only)

  • Family Systems-focused consult groups

 

REQUIRED ELEMENTS

To fully participate in this Learning Pathway, interns should meet the following requirements:

  • Available for weekly team meetings every Wednesday 11am-12pm (virtual or in-person)

  • Available to participate in parenting and child psychoeducation groups on Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-7pm.  Strong preference for interns who can be present in-person for both nights.  Will consider interns who can attend at least one.

  • Can maintain practicum placement for no less than 9 months (3 quarters) for 2nd Year/Advanced Master’s students.  Bachelor’s and 1st Year Master’s students will be considered for shorter placements.

  • Able to complete assigned tasks outside of their specific Learning Pathway based on agency needs, school/program requirements, and individual learning goals.

  • Acceptance of and ability to work with individuals and families with a variety of identities, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices with the ability to apply a social justice and equity lens to all aspects of this work.

Please note, Ryther does not provide marriage or couples counseling for adults.  All our family and relationship-based work is in the contexts of the child or youth client’s caregivers, family members, partners, and/or social relationships.

For further information, contact the Director of Learning and Vocation
learning@ryther.org

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