Para Los Niños (PLN) has worked for over 40 years to create academic success and social well-being for children. Through early education centers, charter schools, and wellness centers, PLN offers high-quality education integrated with family supports, mental health services, and community engagement opportunities to thousands of children living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.
Training Program Overview
Graduate training prepares MFT trainees and Social Work Interns to be knowledgeable and skilled to work with children and families with a Strengths based approach.
In addition to hands-on work, there are weekly didactic trainings covering a range of topics including: Trauma-Informed Care, Compassion Fatigue, Domestic Violence, Mandated Reporting, Crisis Intervention, Toxic Stress, Cultural Humility, and Termination.
- Weekly 2 hour clinical group supervision and 1 hour individual supervision
- 9-12 month commitment required, depending on the requirements of the student’s university
- New training cohorts begin in September of each academic year
- 20 hours per-week of availability required, spread out over three designated days (Wednesdays are mandatory)
- Transportation and schedule flexibility required for client services in the after-school time frame, 2-3 days each week
- Clinical training and support via initial orientation period, followed by weekly professional development didactic trainings
- $3,000 stipend provided
Alicia Arango-Yanez, LMFT 213-623-8446 x231
Where we are located:
849 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Student Training Experience
There are five different training tracks within Para Los Niños
Training in Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health documentation to obtain certification in a specific evidence informed practice (Managing and Adapting Practice [MAP]). Students will provide clinical treatment to children in schools, homes, and communities in Downtown Los Angeles, including the following services: intake assessment; individual, collateral, family and group psychotherapy; crisis intervention when needed; targeted case management as clinically indicated. Additionally, students will co-facilitate groups in the schools on topics such as bullying, social skills, etc.
Birth – Five
Clinical track within MH that specializes in working with children ages birth to five years old and their parent(s). Student receives training in Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health documentation and will carry a small caseload of children in the Mental Health Department. Student will also be placed part of their time in our Early Education program providing assessment, observation and services to children in Head Start / Early Head Start. Other training opportunities include collaboration and support to teachers in the classroom and participation in monthly Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings. Student will also be trained in documentation and processes in compliance with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).
Clinical track working primarily with adults and couples in the Family Violence Prevention Program. Training is based in the practice of Prevention and Education Relationship Program. Students will provide: Intake Assessment; Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family & Group Therapy; Crisis Intervention; Case Management. Additionally, students will co-facilitate groups onsite, in the schools, and the community.All services are documented utilizing the lens of the Protective Factors. This framework enhances case conceptualization of individuals, couples, and families in accordance with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Various programs in this track include the Family Preservation Program, Partnerships for Families Program, and the Child Abuse Prevention Intervention & Treatment Program – these are available based on request and funding.
Within the Families Services Program: In collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services, Family Preservation is an integrated, comprehensive approach to strengthening and preserving families who are at risk of or already experiencing problems in family functioning, with the goal of assuring the emotional, social, and educational development of children in a safe and nurturing environment. Students provide the following: assessments, service plans, case management, supportive counseling, positive parent- child interactions, crisis intervention, and outcome measures as indicated, through weekly home visits. Students also participate in a multi-disciplinary team aimed at integration and collaboration. All services are documented utilizing the lens of the Protective Factors. This Strengths Based framework enhances case conceptualization of families in accordance with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Pupil Personnel Services (PPSC) /School Social Work
For students seeking a Field Placement that leads to eligibility for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC), and entails placement at one of our three charter schools. We currently have a middle school (6th-8th grades), elementary (TK-grade 5) and a primary center (Tk-2nd grade). Training includes supporting with small group interventions; attendance (meeting with parents, conducting home visits, supporting school staff); classroom interventions; presentations; parent workshops; case management and crisis intervention. Students co-facilitate groups on topics such as social skills, bullying, etc.
Parental Mental Health
This clinical track works with specifically the maternal/paternal caregiver of an infant. Students are placed in either our Partnership For Families program or Mental Health. Students receive extensive training in understanding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders which impact our parents and caregivers who are either currently pregnant or up to a year post-partum. Students will provide the following: intake assessment; individual and group psychotherapy; crisis intervention when needed; and targeted case management, as clinically indicated. Students will also participate in a multi-disciplinary team aimed at integration and collaboration.
For more information please contact:
Mental Health Track:
Alicia Arango-Yanez, LMFT email@example.com
Parental Mental Track:
Alicia Arango-Yanez, LMFT firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Services Track:
Karen Garcia, LMFT email@example.com
Family Preservation Track:
Jules Taitsel, LCSW Jtaitsel@paralosninos.org
School Social Work:
Vanessa Soriano, ASW firstname.lastname@example.org
Available Internship Days and Times:
- 20 hours a week commitment
- Days and times are flexible and depend on the specific track. However, Wednesdays and weekly supervision days are are a mandatory (9am-3pm)
For the 2021-2022 year, the primary start date for training is September 8th (the first Wednesday after Labor Day). However, there are several slots available to start in June for the Mental Health track. There will be a two-day orientation that will take place in mid to late August (8/23, 8/24) in order to help the students with onboarding activities. It should also be noted that the first two weeks of training the week of 9/6/21 through 9/20/21 are mandatory and scheduled to take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Students participate in weekly and bi-monthly trainings on various topics that support the work with children and families. Various topics that have been presented previously include crisis intervention, compassion fatigue, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, attachment, brain development, toxic stress, art therapy and sensory processing disorders.
Para Los Niños’ Mental Health Services Program
Works to address the mental health needs of children, ages 0-21, and their families in Service Planning Area 4 of Los Angeles (Skid Row, Downtown, Pico-Union, Boyle Heights, and Ramona Gardens Projects).
Headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row, PLN is the area’s only mental health services provider for children.
This is done by offering a wide range of services designed to address child, parent, family and community needs.
- Ranging from specialty mental health, to at-risk pregnant, and parenting teens and families with children 0-5
- Family supports for adults and children experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, involvement with child-welfare system and trauma
- Mental health services for children 0-18 and a special focus for children who are victims of crime
- Community leadership and capacity building for local residents
- Youth workforce services and employment opportunities for youth 16-24.
Who we serve
- 100% percent of the children and families we serve come from very low-income households, with the majority of them living 250% below federal poverty guidelines.
- The current median income of our families is $11, 500 for an average household size of 3-6 people, less than five times the California average.
- 95% of our clients are Latino; 5% are African-American.
- 87.5% of the children’s caretakers read little to no English.
- Of the children we serve, 18.2% are five years old or under; 52.2% are 6-10 years old; 25.2% are 11-15 years old; 4.4% are 16-20 years old.