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Yes I Can Unity Through Music and Education (YIC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service provider located in Santa Clarita funded by the North Los Angeles County Regional Center. YIC provides community integration training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities to acquire the necessary skills to assist them in securing careers within the music and entertainment industry at competitive wages.

YIC is currently in need of interns who are seeking hours to satisfy the field hour and experience requirements for their Mild/Mod Education Specialist and Pupil Personnel Services credentials. YIC is able to offer interns up to 20 hours per week of hands-on experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other genetic conditions. Interns will have the opportunity to learn from YIC's experienced, Masters level credentialed instructional and counseling staff while working in a fun, fast-paced environment.

Under the guidance of YIC credentialed staff, Mild/Mod Education Specialist and Pupil Personnel Services credential candidates will gain valuable experience working directly with program participants, and their families (if applicable), in the following areas:

PPS Interns:

  • Conduct community-based functional assessments, complete and submit assessment reports to Person-Centered Planning (PCP) Team and funding sources  

  • Develop Individual Habilitation Service Plans (IHSP) based on a person-centered approach with PCP Team

  • Conduct monthly informal assessments to measure progress toward IHSP goals/outcomes, present findings to PCP Team

  • Conduct semi-annual formal assessments to measure progress toward IHSP goals/outcomes, complete and submit an assessment report to PCP Team and funding sources

  • Work directly with program participants, participant's families (if applicable), Regional Center Service Coordinators, DOR counselors, and community employment partners in IHSP development and implementation

  • Monthly direct counseling services provided to program participants


PPS Interns will also obtain knowledge in the following areas: Framework of Competency-Based Counseling and Pupil Personnel Standards; Strategies and techniques of rehabilitation counseling and guidance; Principles and methodologies of rehabilitation training; Counseling diverse, multi-cultural populations; Assessment techniques, interpretations and uses; Case management, casework, and motivational interviewing techniques; Training, placement facilities, services and community/generic resources available to those with disabilities; Collaboration with community employers, educators, service providers; Collaborating with professional and technical personnel in a particular area of employment; Maintaining records, prepare reports and correspondence according to HIPAA regulations; Risk mitigation and Special Incident Reporting (SIR); Counseling techniques and strategies related to supported employment.


PPS Field Supervisor Contact: 

Kirsten Fitzpatrick, M.Ed. MS.SFBC, PPS, CESP

Deputy Director

e: kfitzpatrick@yicunity.org 


Mild/Mod Education Specialist Interns:

  • Creating and maintaining an effective learning environment that fosters creativity and positive self-image

  • Identifying participant strengths, needs, and collaborating with direct service staff to assess and assist program participants based on the individual strengths/needs  

  • Develop individualized, differentiated instruction based on the participant's goals/outcomes established in the participant's IHSP to meet the needs of program participants

  • Conducting formal and informal assessments to evaluate participants' skills growth, progress toward IHSP outcomes, and how to keep appropriate records

  • Teaching methodologies and strategies for teaching soft and hard skills in community-based settings

  • Facilitating industry specific skills development using evidence-based teaching methodologies, maximizing program participant learning and performance


Mild/Mod Education Specialist Interns will also obtain knowledge in the following areas: Strategies and methodologies of rehabilitation training/instruction; Teaching diverse, multi-cultural populations; Assessment techniques, interpretations and uses; Case management, casework, and motivational interviewing techniques; Gain knowledge of training, placement facilities, services and community/generic resources available to those with disabilities; Collaboration with community employers, educators, service providers; Collaborating with professional and technical personnel in a particular area of employment; Maintaining records, prepare reports and correspondence according to HIPAA regulations; Risk mitigation and Special Incident Reporting (SIR); Teaching techniques and strategies related to supported employment. 


Mild/Mod Education Specialist Field Supervisor Contact:

Bret Lieberman, M.Ed, ES: Mild/Mod, CAS

Executive Director

e: blieberman@yicunity.org  


YIC Field Supervisors will provide interns with necessary resources, e.g., orientation session, office space, adequate computer hardware and software, etc., to ensure interns will be able to adequately perform trainee duties. YIC requires that all interns be able to provide proof of Certificate of Clearance issued by the CCTC, proof of a negative TB test conducted within the last four years, and proof of current CPR/First Aid/AED certification (or willingness to obtain certification within the first 45 days of internship). All interns will be considered for employment with YIC at the conclusion of internships.