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PRYDE - Employment /Training Opportunities

PRYDE offers employment and training opportunities for master's and doctoral level students and interns in psychology, and marriage and family therapy. Training and services are provided at various Orange County locations, including Orange County Sheriff's department locations, city police service facilities, and public schools. There are three possible opportunities: unpaid practicum students, paid Graduate Assistant, and paid staff positions. The availability of open or pending positions are as follows: 

Clinical Training  and Practicum Positions

These are volunteer training positions intended for current or upcoming graduate, master's, and doctoral practicum students. Students in these positions receive training and supervision by our program directors and provide a variety of psychological and educational services to children, adolescents, and their parents. Clinical responsibilities include performing intake assessments; individual group, family and parent counseling; drug, alcohol and tobacco education, intervention, evaluation, and referral services. Administrative responsibilities include case management (maintaining all necessary paperwork and record keeping in support of sanctions imposed by the program) and various other support activities. 

The conditions for placement in our program are as follows:

  1. Academic Requirements (by the time work commences): Enrolled, or will be enrolled, in practicum course within one term, or have completed practicum.
  2. Work commitment: 15 hours/week, 6 month minimum. 
  3. Hours: Work must be conducted Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 6:30pm. Hours vary by location and Orange County and Pepperdine holidays are excluded. Must be able to attend weekly staff meetings, training sessions, and supervisions.
  4. Supervision: 2 or 4 hours of group supervision weekly; possibly more depending on number of client contact hours. An hour of Individual Supervision will be provided each quarter or as needed.  
  5. Participation in the 2 hour weekly staff meeting and training session (Lake Forest location) on Tuesday morning is mandatory.
  6. Must be able to pass a background check conducted by the Orange County Sheriff's Department (allow 8-10 weeks).

Graduate Assistant Employment Opportunities

Paid Graduate Assistant positions support the PRYDE program with administrative responsibilities and receive clinical training In advance of practicum. Successful GA staff will have the advantage of having received extensive training, will already have experience conducting intake sessions and will have built a significant clinical case load prior to the start of practicum. Administrative responsibilities include answering the telephone during business hours, processing referrals, case management and administrative support to staff. 


The PRYDE program provides its employees and volunteers with comprehensive training and supervision for pre- and post-graduate master's level students, as well as first and second year doctoral students. Clinical supervision is conducted by Robert H. Hohenstein, PhD and Kenneth Woog, PsyD. Dr. Hohenstein is the program Director, a licensed clinical psychologist and faculty member of Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Dr. Woog is the Associate Director of PRYDE and a licensed clinical psychologist. PRYDE staff also receives training in juvenile law, drug and alcohol education, and child abuse assessment.

For additional information about current paid and volunteer opportunities, contact:
Kenneth Woog, PsyD, Associate Director at Kenneth.woog@pepperdine.edu.