Join our Post ‘Comm Serve’ / Internship Training Program for psychologists
Thank you for showing interest in joining our team of psychologists at Psych Central. We're excited to work with you and to help you grow.
THE Training Program
Psych Central offers the most supportive, and up to date environment in the industry.
Our training program is a hands-on learning experience, where you can slowly transition into private practice with all the tools and support, in an environment that is set up for success.
We do everything for you, from getting clients, to admin, to payments. We even provide technical support and supervision. Not to mention, the absolute freedom you'll enjoy at Psych Central. You determine your own hours, and even your own approach to therapy. We're behind you all the way.
We're one giant family of amazing Psychologists and staff, all working together to deliver the best service in the industry, all whilst having a ton of fun.
Before we dive into the program specifics, we'd like to tell you a little bit more about us, and the services we offer.
About Psych Central
Psych Central was incorporated at the end of 2019, with head psychologist Christel Roets, and serial entrepreneur Ruvey Roets, due to a gap in the industry. This gap being insufficient support for qualified psychologists, after they've completed community service or internship, as it can be a daunting and difficult task to start up a private practice with little to no support.
We’ve set out to accomplish this task by creating an environment that is guaranteed to equip independent psychologists with the needed skills and competencies to enter the private practice arena with confidence and guaranteed success.
We started the first branch in Rivonia, Sandton, with a ton of ambition, and no idea of what 2020 would bring, and within less than three months, COVID19 struck the world, and as most businesses, we had to close our doors for five weeks. We then instantly adapted to the situation, made some adjustments, and were then able to sustain the lockdown conditions, and come out even stronger. We've since managed to grow Psych Central exponentially, which resulted in us now opening a second branch in Menlyn, Pretoria, and we have no intention of slowing down any time soon, as we're already busy planning the third and forth branch.
The footprint we've made in such a short period of time is proof of the success of Psych Central, which is a result of hard work, long hours, and a team of amazing people.
Christel is a registered clinical psychologist in private practice. She holds an MA. in Clinical Psychology and has worked at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, community clinics as well as private practice for the past 4 years. She acts as head psychologist and director of Psych Central, and is responsible for supervisory support to independent psychology practitioners, as well as intermittent training in the areas of business and psychology.
Within Psych, Christel is also responsible for the structural and operational functioning, including the selection of required skills offered by third party service providers, in order to effectively execute the duties of Psych Central that aligns with its overall vision and mission.
The Training Program
Our mission is to provide psychologists with all the tools, equipment and training necessary to grow into well skilled and confident, private practitioners, by providing a safe and supportive environment where they can slowly build up the confidence needed to step into private practice.
We call this a training program, because essentially, being subjected to this environment, gives you the opportunity to learn at a rapid rate, without the risk that's usually involved with private practice.
The way we've structured our business model, allows our practitioners total freedom and transparency, in such a way that they have full access to almost everything in the business except our bank account ;-) This means that what you learn, and how quickly you'll learn it is up to you. We also make ourselves available to our practitioners for 1-on-1 training in any topic of their choice, whether it is marketing, or personal development, just schedule an hour with us, and we'll dedicate that hour just to to.
We also provide a hands-on approach to generating new clients for each practitioner, by developing tailored marketing strategies with the practitioner to fit their specific scopes.
WHAT WILL YOU GET?
Well, to start off with, you will get PAID for the service you deliver to Psych Central.
You will gain access to a fully furnished, private office in a well-established, private, practice in the heart of Menlyn, Pretoria. Our practice comes with all the bell’s & whistles needed to perform optimally as you were trained to.
You will be awarded with your very own set of professionally designed business cards, letter heads, and a personal email address, adding to your quality skills and professionalism. We will also provide you with all the necessary stationary, including client files and writing material.
You will be added to Psych Central’s website and we’ll create your very own profile page, displaying your bio, qualifications, accomplishments and area of specialization.
You will get access to our established client base, as well as our effective marketing strategies and corporate budget, driving new clients to you.
Psych Central also takes care of all the administrative duties, so you can focus on delivering the best mental health services in town. No following up with clients, no dealing with medical aids, and no worrying about getting new clients through the door.
Individual supervision also forms part of our training program and will be provided at no additional cost for as long as you are with us. You will thus have access to individual supervision as well as peer supervision on a monthly basis. Should you wish to consult with an independent supervisor, this will be at your own cost.
Saving the best for last – After completing a consecutive 12-months with us, you will move into a more senior position, and your rates will be adjusted, depending on performance of you as well as Psych Central in general.
And just to top it all off, access to FREE snacks and drinks throughout the day, so you’ll be rejuvenated all day long. 😉
But this is nothing compared to the experience and support that you'll be getting. Our practice manager, together with the owners, form the backbone of Psych Central and you'll have unlimited access to all of them and the duties they fulfill, not to mention the support and friendship from all the psychologists in the entire Psych Central Group.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Again, this is nothing compared to the overall experience that you'll gain from being in this environment, and being exposed to in depth private practice on a daily basis. We'll teach you the finer detail of what makes a private practice successful, so that, once you decide to step out into the private practice arena on your own, you'll have a seamless transition and the confidence needed to succeed.
HOW TO JOIN?
In short, through paid service delivery to Psych Central within the scope of your qualification and training. In other words, providing psychotherapy to clients as per a service-level agreement with Psych Central.
Becoming part of our team and joining our training program happens in two stages:
Get Added To Our Database
Just follow this link at the bottom of the page. From there, you will be required to complete and submit an application form.
We will then evaluate your application and correspond accordingly. If you’ve been successful, we will give you a call to set up a formal interview.
After the formal interview, we will again evaluate your application and correspond accordingly. If you’ve been successful, you will be added to our database of approved service providers, and your basic detail will also be added to the Psych Central website for public viewing.
Marketing & Induction
Once you’ve been added to our database of approved service providers, we'll then start building marketing campaigns to drive new clients your way.
Generally we'll invite you for an induction session, where you'll need to come into the office and receive some basic training, and to familiarize yourself with all the in's & out's of Psych Central. We'll also give you your business cards and show you around.
This can also be done on the morning of your first actual therapy session.
***REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN***
Masters degree in psychology.
Completed Community Services (for clinical psychologists) or internship (for counselling & educational psychologists).
Registered with the HPCSA as an independent practitioner.
Willing to provide psychotherapy to clients. You may specify whether you're able to work with children, adolescents, couples or families.
Our requirements will be to provide the following services, but not be limited to:
Individual treatment processes with clients, coordinating and implementing treatment plans
Professional administration and process notes.
Psychological assessments (optional)
Have regular supervision. This service will be provided by Psych Central, subject to our scope, skill set and availability. (This service is NOT guaranteed)
Attend compulsory peer supervision groups at the practice, once a month, or as required.
Comply with CPD guidelines as set by the HPCSA.
Be willing to service a multi-cultural and diverse client base. Psych Central is an inclusive practice and would require practitioners to be non-discriminatory with regards to gender, race, culture, sexuality, religion or otherwise.
You need to be fluent, (Read, Write & Speak) in English.
WHAT TO EXPECT?