Social Work Internship
Welcome and thank you for your interest in our practicum site! We hope that this page provides useful information regarding our application process and the spirit of our training program.
We offer a 9-month practicum rotation for advanced standing students in MSS and MSW programs. As Temple is a large, urban, public research university, we are seeking applicants interested in providing culturally sensitive mental health services to our diverse student body. We are also seeking applicants that are interested in working in an environment that requires flexibility and active collaboration with our multi-disciplinary staff. Throughout the training year, we hope to create a supportive atmosphere that helps facilitate clinical growth, encourages reflective practice, and emphasizes an intersectional framework.
We ask that social work interns ideally spend three full days per week at our site. This must include Fridays, as this is when we have case conference and group supervision of groups (8:30am to noon). Time is spent seeing clients in individual and group therapy, triaging students through Walk-in Clinic, attending supervision, and participating in our weekly case conference. We have a mandatory weeklong orientation in mid-August, and then ask practicum students to start late August. This generally means there is a week between orientation and the internship’s official start date. Our practicum cohort is typically comprised of two psychology externs and two social work interns.
Direct Service Activities
Initial Assessments (IAs)
Students new to TCS are encouraged to present at any time during Walk-In Clinic hours where they fill out registration forms and are assigned to an Initial Assessment appointment. The focus of this initial assessment is the identification of problems or areas of concern, the level of clinical urgency, and the development of a plan to remediate those problems. Interns are assigned 1-2 new Initial Assessments (IAs) per week.
We provide individual therapy to our diverse student body of roughly 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We typically see students at our center on a short-term basis, averaging 6 to 7 sessions. With that said, interns are often able to carry a few longer-term clients throughout the year. As the year progresses, it is expected that interns are seeing approximately 8 to 10 students per week. Some presenting concerns may include: adjusting to college life, managing interpersonal difficulties, identity issues and development, depression, and anxiety.
Social work interns co-facilitate an interpersonal process group with staff in both the fall and spring semester of their time here. Some groups co-facilitated in the past include: Understanding Self and Others (USO), Building Social Confidence, Graduate Student Group, and Family Matters. Early in the training year, staff provides a didactic reviewing the theory and practice of group therapy in preparation for the training year.
Supervision and Training
Each intern receives two hours per week of individual supervision. One supervisor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the other is a doctoral intern. Supervisors come from various theoretical orientations and work to co-create goals for the supervisory space.
Group Supervision of Group
Each week, social work interns and psychology externs join together for a ninety-minute group supervision of group, co-facilitated by two staff members. This space allows practicum students to share and reflect on experiences of their own co-facilitation, emphasizing things like therapeutic factors of group, stages of group development, and parallel process.
Practicum students and doctoral interns attend a shared weekly, ninety-minute case conference. In the beginning of the year, staff co-facilitators provide didactic instruction on the structure, content, and use of psychodynamic case formulations. Trainees then present cases for discussion on a rotating basis. The purpose of case conference is to enhance therapeutic skills through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. While we do not require applicants to have a background in dynamic theory, it is expected that applicants have a demonstrated interest and openness to this approach.
Application Information and Timeline
We will start accepting applications on December 7, 2020. Interviews will begin late January and offers will be made on a rolling basis.
Applications must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, (3) graduate school transcript, official or unofficial, and (4) two letters of recommendation. Please send all materials directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably in one PDF. Please note: letters of recommendation can be sent directly from a letter-writer if needed.
Questions or Concerns?
Michelle Wallace, Psy.D.
Assistant Training Coordinator