Firefly Institute of Research and Education
Firefly Institute of Research and Education

Graduate Education Internship Program

FIRE is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of healthcare professionals receive excellent training in preparation for independent work within the field. Our licensed clinicians partner with graduate students in mentorship for education and professional development. We currently partner with the following universities: Pacific University, Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College.


We offer multiple internship placements for students interested in pursuing adolescent, adult or child mental health counseling. Our child and family counseling internships include advanced training in expressive therapies including play and therapeutic art. We have one internship opportunity a year for leadership, grant writing and policy development and one internship opportunity available each year for a research assistant.


Please contact Michelle Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S for more information or to apply for one of our competitive internship positions at or 503-915-3737

Firefly Institute

To find out more about the programs we offer, please call:                503-915-3737 -or- email:


You can also use our contact form for questions.

News & Events

New book to be released July 2019!   

"Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Experiences" 

Authors: Michelle Pliske, LCSW RPT-S & Lindsay Balboa, MSSW LCSW


We are excited to be launching new continuing education programs in play therapy practices! The institute partners with Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. and all trainings include experiential work within the play therapy clinic and is approved for continuing education by the Association for Play Therapy.


Please see our continuing education program brochure for more information!

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