The Biola Counseling Center (BCC) trains four full-time doctoral interns each year. BCC's internship positions are partially affiliated with the Rosemead School of Psychology doctoral programs. Qualified Rosemead candidates are given preference in ranking order for two of the four positions. Qualified candidates from other doctoral programs are also considered and ranked, and are encouraged to apply.
The BCC offers a wide range of psychotherapeutic and psychological testing services to Biola University undergraduate and graduate students as well as serving adult individuals, couples, families and children from the university’s faculty, staff and community residents in its surrounding cities. Thus, a significant strength of the BCC doctoral internship lies in the opportunity to receive supervised experience in both clinical and counseling psychology. These experiences include: short and long-term psychotherapy with university students and community clients, couples and families; group psychotherapy; personality, psycho-diagnostic, and psycho-educational assessment; on-call/emergency and crisis services; provision of supervision to practicum students; and campus outreach and consultation.
At the BCC, interns function as professionals in training and are considered an integral part of the staff. The BCC is the primary resource for individual therapy for the university’s enrolled students, both residential and commuter. Students seeking services come with a wide range of presenting concerns from normative developmental issues (e.g., transitional struggles, individuation, relationships, identity development and cultural adjustment) to more serious or longstanding issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, self-harming behavior, family of origin issues). The BCC also seeks to be a comprehensive campus resource providing process-oriented and psycho-educational group therapy, outreach/prevention/wellness programming, and drop-in consultation and referrals for students, faculty and staff.
Biola Counseling Center continues to provide essential mental health services to support the needs of Biola University, our campus, and the surrounding community during the pandemic. BCC Interns are considered essential workers, and will continue providing essential mental health services in whatever formats are deemed safe and effective.
During the 2019-20 training year, when COVID-19 began, interns moved to providing individual and couples therapy via telepsychology. Interns were able to telecommute most days, but came to the BCC in-person one day per week. Thus, BCC interns were able to meet the necessary requirements to successfully complete their training.
All clinical services, supervision and training are taking place on-site, from the counseling center for the 2020-21 training year. Interns will begin by providing most client services via video telepsychology, with limited psychological testing services done in-person, with proper safeguards. BCC and Biola University take the health and safety of its employees and clients seriously and worked closely with public health officials and University medical staff/administrators to establish safety procedures for on-site work. Any questions about safety procedures should be directed to the BCC Internship Training Director.