Internships and Visitor Study Program

For students in masters and doctoral level programs, such as counseling, psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy, we offer graduate training through internships (sometimes called practicum). Graduate students who are interested in discussing internships should contact Sue Levin, PInterns 2015-16_01h.D. or Adriana Gil-Wilkerson, M.S.

HGI internships are typically set up for a one-year period, to meet the requirements of masters or doctoral level graduate programs and in some special cases for post-graduates. We believe that interns greatly benefit from being immersed in our programs and practices, so a commitment of 24 hours+ 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 partnerships with Communities in Schools (CIS), Domestic Relations Office (DRO), AVANCE, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District and Fort Bend Seniors.  Clients are seen in our main office,  Fort Bend County, the Woodlands, and in various schools and community settings.

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

Our clinical internship begins in the summer. To apply, submit a letter of intent expressing your interest in and expectations of an internship at HGI, as well as a curriculum vita.

Important Dates

• Application Process Begins: February 1                              • Application Deadline: March 1 by 5pm

Once you are contacted for an interview, we will request three letters of recommendation. Interviews are scheduled no later than April 1. A limited number of internships are available per year due to the intensive training that is built into the process.

Masters Level
HGI serves as an internship site for many universities. Our one-year, 500-hour masters level internships typically begin during the summer and include clinical work with clients of differing ages, backgrounds and therapeutic needs.

Doctorate Level

HGI accepts doctoral students on a limited basis. HGI has trained doctoral interns from universities such as Iowa State, Purdue, Texas Tech, Union and Virginia Tech. Our doctoral level internships typically begin in August. When possible, a stipend is offered to full-time doctoral interns.


Visitor Study Program

HGI offers a Visitor Study Program for clinicians, teachers and other professionals who want to study collaborative 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.

Visitors who are students in an ICCP program should check information on the HGI ICCP page.

See our Continuing Education section for more information