Internships and Visitor Studies Program

Internship Program

For students in masters and doctoral level programs, such as counseling, psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy, HGI Counseling Center offers graduate training through internships (sometimes called practicum).

HGI internships are typically set up for one year, to meet the requirements of masters or doctoral level graduate programs and in some cases for post-graduates. We believe that interns greatly benefit from being immersed in our programs and practices, so a commitment of 24 hours or more per week (both daytime and evening) is required.

At HGI, interns experience clinical work in a variety of settings and become part of reflecting teams as well as therapeutic teams in co-therapy. Additionally, interns are involved with writing projects, special event planning, community outreach, and workshop presentations with HGI faculty and staff.

HGI interns serve clients from many segments of the community. They are paired with HGI therapists to serve clients through community partnerships. Our partners have included Communities in Schools (CIS), Community Youth Services (CYS), Domestic Relations Office (DRO), AVANCE, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, many area schools, and The Alley Theatre. We see clients in our Houston & Fort Bend Offices as well as in various schools and community settings.

If you are not familiar with Collaborative-Dialogic Therapy, we highly recommend that you do some reading before applying for an internship. Collaborative-Dialogic Therapy is a specific philosophical approach and practice that is rooted in Postmodernism. HGI is a learning environment for this way of doing therapy.

If you have any questions or to apply for an internship, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to Adriana Gil-Wilkerson, our Clinical and Training Director.

The deadline to apply for HGI’s Internship Program, each year, is March 1.

Visitor Study Program

HGI offers a Visitor Study Program for clinicians, teachers and other professionals who want to study Collaborative-Dialogic Therapy practices for defined time periods. Visitors may attend HGI on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and are invited to observe and participate in on-going clinical and training programs, including therapy sessions, teamwork, seminars, and case consultation. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about HGI’s history and influence on family therapy in the United States, and about our current philosophy and practice in both private and public sectors.