Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy

Home of the Pastoral Counseling Services of the South Shore

Healing for heart, mind and spirit        Tel. 781-826-0011 X112 or X108 for INTAKES/

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Internship Training

The Training Program of PCSSS offers internship opportunities for candidates in advanced degree programs in psychology, marriage and family therapy, pastoral care, holistic counseling, and related fields, from accredited institutions.  For a minimum of nine months, interns become a working part of the PCSSS staff.


Students are supported and encouraged to individualize their internship in areas of their own special interest while receiving a well-rounded experience in active client work. In the past our interns have focused on couples/marriage work, children, adolescents, the elderly, domestic violence, and mindfulness training, as well as general therapy.  Interns with PCSSS create and run groups, maintain a small client caseload, and are expected to participate fully in the activities of PCSSS.  Interns are provided with weekly individual clinical supervision, group supervision several times a month, on-call access to supervisors and senior clinicians, and other learning opportunities.


Interns develop their own schedule and caseload, learn clinical record-keeping responsibilities, and hone their skills in realistic situations. The Training Director and Clinical Director are in communication with the degree-awarding school.  Our master's and doctoral level interns have come from Andover Newton Theological School, Boston University, Eastern Nazarene College, Loyola of Maryland, Mass. School of Professional Psychology, and Salve Regina University.


To request an interview for the limited number of internship opportunities, please send a resume and a letter of inquiry, attention Judith Mackenzie, via email or through direct mail to PCSSS, P.O. Box 2306, Hanover, MA 02339.

Trauma Treatment Supervision Group

This group is designed for mental health professionals who wish to improve their skills at treating trauma and dissociative disorders.  Ninety-minute group will include teaching on solid treatment and advances in our knowledge of diagnoses such as PTSD, DDNOS, and DID.  Format will also include confidential case discussion, networking for resources, self-care, etc.  The group's facilitator is Judith B. Mackenzie LMHC LMFT, a longtime member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation and an experienced therapist and group/individual supervisor.  Group will meet twice monthly, at a day and time to be negotiated with applicants.  Open-ended group will start when a minimum of four participants have enrolled.  These group supervision hours are eligible toward Massachusetts licensure.  Please contact Judy at 781-826-0011 x 203, or at


Individual Supervision

Individual supervision addressing all clinical areas is also availale for clinicians working toward Massachusetts licensure as a Mental Health Counselor.  Please contact Judy at 781-826-0011 x 203, or at