The Child And Family Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt offers a social work internship providing masters level social work students with a full range of training experiences in clinical practice with an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population of urban children, adolescents and families. The internship is based on the St. Luke's campus in Manhattan's Morningside Heights, near Columbia University. The Division provides the neighboring communities of Harlem, East Harlem, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights, as well as all of New York City's boroughs, with a broad array of mental health services. Social work interns have the benefit of learning through active participation in these modalities and services.

Interns are place in one of three programs. The first is the outpatient clinic at which interns provide individual, group and family treatment to children and adolescents presenting with a variety of psychiatric, educational and psychosocial difficulties. Play therapy, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral and family systems approaches are utilized. Students may also be trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency models if their schools have complimentary training programs in these modalities. Interns will also conduct initial assessments through the evaluation unit. The second opportunity for placement is in the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES). CARES is an alternative school located on the grounds of Mount Sinai West for high school students who require treatment for psychiatric difficulties and/or substance abuse. In this program, interns are part of a milieu treatment setting united by a Dialectical Behavior Therapy model. Interns provide group and individual treatment. The third opportunity for placement is the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Program (HCBS) for children with serious emotional disturbances who are at risk for hospitalization. Interns provide clinical interventions and case management in the home and community utilizing a strengths-based approach to empower families and decrease the need for out-of-home placements.

All interns participate in a curriculum of seminar courses including child and adolescent psychopathology, psychopharmacology, topics in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in case conferences and additional classes and trainings as offered throughout the Child & Family Institute. Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds are given monthly.

Interns receive 1-½ hours of individual supervision each week on their treatment cases. They may also receive task supervision by another staff member on a treatment modality such as group or family treatment.

The internship is open to second year MSW students. Students interested should contact their school's field placement office.

Rachel Davis, LCSW, Social Work Supervisor
Phone: (212) 523-3090

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