Social Work Yoga & Meditation Internship
We offer a 9-month practicum rotation for one advanced standing or second year student in MSS and MSW programs who also has an interest in holistic, integrative and somatic therapy. It is preferred (but not required) that applicants have prior yoga training and/or teaching experience.
We ask that the social work yoga & meditation intern ideally spend three full days per week at our site. Time is spent seeing clients in varying capacities, namely in the yoga and meditation services. We anticipate the intern will participate in some of the following: co-facilitating yoga and meditation groups, inputting yoga therapy research and program evaluation data, triaging students through Walk-in Clinic, carrying a small individual caseload, and attending supervision. 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.
Direct Service Activities
Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation Classes
The social work yoga & meditation intern co-facilitates yoga for mental health groups in both the fall and spring semester of their time here. Some groups co-facilitated may include: Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Depression & Confidence, Yoga for Insomnia, Yoga for Stress Reduction, and Introduction to Meditation for College Students. Early in the training year, staff provides a didactic reviewing the theory and practice of therapeutic yoga for mental health in preparation for the training year.
Walk-In Clinic (WIC)
To access services, students must first come through Walk-in Clinic (WIC). Counselors on WIC assess student needs and the level of clinical urgency, and then develop an appropriate treatment plan. This plan may include a variety of services at TCS or a referral to the community. The intern is assigned to 2-hours of Walk-in Clinic per week, and consults with a licensed clinician each triage.
The social work intern may have the opportunity to co-facilitate psycho-educational groups with staff in both the fall and spring semester of their time here. Some groups co-facilitated in the past include: Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.
Supervision and Training
The intern will receive one hour per week of individual supervision. The supervisor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Yoga Therapist/Registered 500 hour Yoga Teacher. Supervisor integrates various theoretical orientations and will work with the intern to co-create goals for the supervisory space.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Research
The social work yoga & meditation intern will aid in a study on the efficacy of trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct to treatment as usual in a college-counseling center. The intern will assist in the gathering and inputting of data from both the yoga & meditation program as a whole and this research endeavor. While we do not require applicants to have a background in research, it is expected that applicants have demonstrated interest and willingness to learn.
Application Information and Timeline
We will start accepting applications on December 9, 2019. All applications are due by 5 p.m. on January 21, 2020.
Applications must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, (3) graduate school transcript, official or unofficial, and (4) two letters of recommendations. Please send all materials directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably in one PDF.
Upon review, interviews will be arranged with applicants under consideration. We will start our in-person, one-hour interviews in late January. Offers will be made on a rolling basis.
Questions or Concerns?
Kanjana Hartshorne, LCSW, C-IAYT
Meditation & Yoga Therapist
Jessica DeMarchis, LCSW, RYT-200
Yoga & Meditation Counselor