Enki is a private, not-for-profit, multidisciplinary mental health agency funded by Short-Doyle and Medi-Cal funds, operating under contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Many clients have few resources and are low SES. Services are aimed at serving chronically and persistently mentally ill adults and severely emotionally disturbed children. Enki operates four adult sites and five child/family sites throughout San Gabriel Valley, East Los Angeles, and the Pico Union area.

Enki has been a training partner to the many graduate programs in Los Angeles County for the last thirty years. Formal practicum training partnerships include Alliant International University (doctoral program), Azusa Pacific University (MA and Doctoral program), Cal State LA, Fuller (MA and Doctoral program), La Verne, USC (LCSW program), and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

A variety of mental health services are offered to adults, children and their families including outpatient, in-home, school-based, special service programs, and Wellbeing Center services. The population is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural (majority Latino with a significant number of AAPI clients served in our San Gabriel Valley clinics).

Practicum students may be placed across Enki’s youth & family sites and adult sites. Placements vary by year based on supervisor capacity and student interest.

Enki provides all practicum students with a monthly stipend.

Enki currently accepts practicum students. An internship program may be offered in the future.

Student Cohort & Theoretical Orientation

The practicum program’s student cohort may consist of PhD, PsyD, MFT, and Social Work students. Primary treatments used are cognitive-behavioral and systems approaches with emphasis on short-term episodic individual and family therapy and crisis intervention. Other theoretical orientations are also welcome and utilized for conceptualization and intervention, as appropriate.

Supervision and Training

At least 1 hour per week of individual supervision, 2 hours per week of group supervision, 1 hour of administrative supervision, and training for practicum students. Trainings also occur in the context of monthly in-service training workshops for students during their group supervision time.

Preferred/Required Days/Length of Training

Wednesday mornings

Total = minimum of 16 hours/week required (2 ½-3 full days)

Duration of the practicum program is approximately 11 months. Orientation and trainings begin in early August. Placement for doctoral and MFT students is completed in the end of June.

Direct/Indirect Services

Clinical assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, parenting education and support, group therapy, case management, collateral services, crisis intervention, and coordination/consultation with community agencies (which may include schools, DPSS, DCFS, and other facilities.)

NOTE: Youth & Family sites provide multiple evidence-based treatment programs, but due to DMH and developer restrictions, we are not allowed to train students to utilize these models. Students will receive an overview of several of the EBP’s that Enki provides.


December 25th – January 1st per placement year of Vacation. Students must take responsibility to assure that clinical commitments are fulfilled.