Bridgeway Center, Inc. (BCI) is committed to offering quality clinical training for college graduates enrolled in an accredited graduate school for a masters degree in counseling, psychology and/or psychosocial wellness direct care, as well as licensure in mental health or clinical social work. Additionally, BCI offers clinical supervision for those candidates seeking Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Florida licenses. BCI’s structured internship process provides a broad overview of the multiple aspects of a Community Behavioral Health Organization. BCI internship programs teach insight for Clinical judgment under the supervision of a designated BCI Clinical Mentor. Each BCI Clinical Mentor is credentialed through BCI’s Credentialing and Privileging process as a qualified Clinical Mentor. Each Clinical Intern receives ongoing performance evaluations every 100 hours and mentoring from their assigned Clinical Mentor. Each Clinical Intern receives clinical supervision experience in a variety of clinical settings.
Larry McFarland, LMHC, Clinical Internship Program Coordinator
"Our talent pipeline is aligned with BCI's guiding values to create a strong sense of collective purpose and consider people our most important asset," stated Dan Cobbs, Chief Executive Officer.
BCI’s program gives college graduates and licensure interns an opportunity to complete academic and professional licensure requirements within BCI clinical programs. The following are examples of individuals seeking intern involvement at BCI:
1. College graduates seeking graduate degrees in human services or related behavioral sciences that require a supervised practicum.
2. Current BCI associates and other Master’s-level individuals seeking clinical licensure supervision from a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) / Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) / Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT).
BCI’s Clinical Internship Program requires a minimum commitment of 400 hours. Due to differing time frames for completion of these hours, tasks are set forth in increments of hours of completion vs. weeks or months. The program consists of two stages; an initial Practicum consisting of 100 to 150 hours and may continue internship for an additional 300 to 900 hours. All Clinical Interns are provided training on confidentiality of client information and client records and must sign a Confidentiality Statement acknowledging full understanding of BCI’s confidentiality policies and procedures.
I. Clinical Licensure Internship
Clinical Interns receive at least 1 hour of supervision per week and also participate in mandatory training and meetings to encourage and develop clinical skills. The Clinical Mentor is a staff member authorized by licensure to provide supervision. Candidates must have completed their Master’s program and be eligible to become a registered intern.
II. GRADUATE PROGRAM Practicum / Internship
Practicum placement at BCI includes; observing, and /or co-facilitating psychotherapy to families, couples, children, and group settings. Clinical Interns provide direct service hours and participate in appropriate trainings and other clinical meetings to further advance their clinical experience. BCI’s internship’s are a progressive program starting with Level I which includes orientation, introduction and observing a sampling of programs, populations and services offered with rotations through Outpatient Mental Health, Psychosocial Wellness Center, Case Management, Projecting Assistance from Transition from Homeless (PATH), Psychiatric Services, Family Care Unit and Family Support Services.
Progressing to Level II and Level III begins to involve some entry – level duties, co-facilitation and supervised program implementation. Level III has been reached after the Clinical Intern has been evaluated and determined to meet a level of minimum competency, and has been deemed competent of performing limited independent work. The Clinical Mentor and Clinical Intern will complete ongoing competency evaluations together to review the intern’s clinical skills, intellectual/personal characteristics and professional responsibility.
III. Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Internship:
For specific information about this program, please contact the Clinical Intern Coordinator at the phone number listed below.
IV. General questions
For general questions about the Clinical Internship Program at BCI, please contact:
In order to apply for any of these programs, please submit a cover letter of interest, resume, and the BCI Intern application and forward all to:
Bridgeway Center, Inc.
ATTN: Larry McFarland, LMHC
Clinical Internship Program Coordinator
137 Hospital Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
V. Clinical Intern Application
Download the Clinical Intern Application.