Low-income Therapeutic Services
Sanville Psychotherapy Services, a project of the Sanville Institute, offers therapeutic treatment for low income clients in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
Clients are seen by Sanville Institute alumni and faculty certified as MSWs, LCSWs, and MFTs as well as by students in training who are supervised by experienced clinicians.
Our volunteer psychotherapists take a relational, cross-cultural approach to client services.
Fees are based on the ability to pay, and help fund the Sanville Institute doctoral program. Students who are enrolled in the Institute and volunteer their services can earn tuition credits toward their doctoral or certificate program.
Consultation Groups for Masters-level Students
Sanville Psychotherapy Services also provides low-fee consultation groups for master’s-level students who are required to receive therapy as part of their academic and clinical training. Ongoing consultation with colleagues is important to help the new professional sustain standards of care accepted in the profession.
Clinical Excellence and Cultural Awareness
The consultation groups provide a small, supportive, and growth-promoting space for MSW and MA graduates to discuss the application of clinical theory to their work with clients.
The process encourages an honest exploration of work through case discussions and readings, allowing group members to deepen their understanding of clinical process and of legal and ethical issues.
Group consultation furthers Sanville’s philosophy of learning through small group interaction. It offers masters-level graduates the opportunity to build critical thinking skills and to develop an understanding of clinical theory, culture, ethics, and contemporary issues through case discussions. In addition, it promotes an awareness of cross-cultural issues and supports advocacy related to social justice, oppression, and diversity.
Discussion of Emerging Issues
The consultation groups differ from clinical supervision groups in that the group leader is not directly responsible for the work done by the participants and does not sign off on hours toward licensure. The leader does not advise the members to follow any particular course of action.
The purpose of the supervision is to lead the group members in discussion of emerging issues.
In addition to holding PhD’s from the Sanville Institute’s doctoral program, the group leaders are experienced, licensed psychotherapists. Many have worked in public and non-profit agencies as well as in private practice.
We invite all masters-level graduates interested in continuing their professional growth through the low fee consultation groups to contact email@example.com or call 310.674.8420 for more information.