Clinical associate intern

St James Infirmary Clinical Associate Internship Program


St James Infirmary is a seeking a Clinical Associate to join our mental health counseling program dedicated to providing harm reduction and trauma-informed mental healthcare to active and inactive sex workers including trans individuals and individuals re-entering from the criminal (in)justice system. We specialize in serving transgender, NB/GNC, queer, and racially and ethnically diverse participants, people with HIV+ status, as well as populations affected by substance use, systemic oppression, homelessness, and poverty. All of our services are 100% free to the communities that we serve and insurance is not required to access care.

The mental health program is led by Corrie Varga, LMFT. Corrie is an integral therapist, drawing primarily from Transpersonal, Trauma-informed, Somatic, Humanistic and DBT modalities. Corrie graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies from a program oriented towards Relational Psychodynamic and trained at the Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center. Corrie went on to work as a Clinical Case Manager in Felton/Family Service Agency’s Adult and Youth Full Service Partnership program, where she served those experiencing dual diagnosis, severe and chronic mental illness, and chronic homelessness. In 2017, Corrie became St James’ mental health team leader after volunteering at St James for over 10 years. She also runs a private practice in San Francisco’s Mission District.


·       Up to 10 clinical hours per week of face to face experience providing individual counseling, group counseling, and prevention and health education using harm reduction, trauma-informed, and humanistic client-centered care, cognitive behavioral, relational, and brief dynamic approaches

·       1 hour weekly Individual BBS-qualified supervision with our contracted Clinical Supervisor (LCSW)

·       Weekly 1:1 training with the program coordinator, Corrie Varga LMFT, addressing clinical, theoretical, diagnostic, human development, cultural, documentation, and scientific issues relevant to integrated mental health treatment. Coaching on all aspects of becoming a licensed therapist available, from exam preparation to developing your personal niche, to building a business

·       Monthly group consultation with the Department of Public Health Trans Consult Team

·       Specialized training in transgender cultural competency and completing WPATH referrals for surgery access

·       The ability to make your own schedule within clinic hours: 9am-7pm Mon-Fri. (The most availability for space in the shared treatment rooms is on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.)

·       Flexible start date

·       Training and experience in Avatar documentation and Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA)

·       Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and in collaboration with onsite medical staff


·       A commitment of 8-15 hours per week with a full caseload of 6-10 participants

·       A one-year commitment is required

·       Attendance at weekly clinical supervision

·       Attendance at weekly 1:1 training

·       Attendance at a monthly staff meeting on the 4th Monday of each month from 6-8pm (this time may be subject to change in 2019)

·       Timely AVATAR documentation including progress notes for all direct services, an initial Adult Strength and Needs Assessment (ANSA) and initial Treatment Plan of Care

·       An enthusiasm for developing your clinical skills and critical self-exploration of internal biases that effect the clinical relationship

·       Attendance at scheduled staff retreats and in-service days


·       Post-graduate registered associate with the BBS (ASW, AMFT, PCC)

·       Current or former sex workers, candidates of color, transgender candidates, bilingual/bicultural candidates, and HIV-positive candidates strongly encouraged to apply

·       Computer and technological literacy, including working with word, excel, and online platforms; operating a copy and fax machine; answering a personal google voice number to communicate with participants

·       Prior experience with harm reduction approaches, substance use counseling, or working with sex workers or the LGBTQI community desired

·       Students pursuing a clinical degree (MSW, MA of Psychology, PsyD or related field) are welcome to apply. St James Mental Health Program is open to considering a partnership with school field placement offices in order to support the right student candidate in successfully completing hours towards graduation at St James. Student interns and trainees would not receive a stipend.


·       Stipend available

·       1 hour weekly clinical supervision

·       4 weeks of time-off during the year is available for vacations, sick leave or personal time

·       BBS Hours accrual towards licensure for AMFTs, PCCs, and ASWs

·       If clinically appropriate for the client, you may be able to take clients with you when you complete the program if you choose to go into private practice.


·       This position is primarily located at our headquarters at 730 Polk Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the Tenderloin before applying. Our offices are ADA accessible.

·       Monthly SF Gender Health Consultation Group meets in the Mission District. Supervision may take place in our offices or offsite at other locations in San Francisco.


St James Infirmary is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively seek applications from current or former sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, transgender/non-binary/gender non-conforming people, people of color, queer and LGB-identified people and women. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and St James’ prison-abolitionist ideology, we gladly welcome qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please complete submit a resume and complete the attached Intern Application. Please address materials as PDFs to Corrie Varga at

Applications and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.  1/10/2019