Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Social Work Internship

The Loyola University Maryland Counseling Center is excited to offer a social work internship to 2nd year clinical students at the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work. The internship is a 24-hour-a-week position that follows the UMB SSW advanced field schedule of Tu-W-Th from September through May. A required, one-week orientation will be held at the end of August in conjunction with the psychology externship program.

Interns will provide individual counseling and psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students with a wide range of psycho-social and emotional concerns, within the context of a short-term treatment model. With the support of their supervisors, interns will explore a range of theoretical orientations; ethical practice; therapeutic relationship building; the psychological change and healing process; cultural humility; and crisis intervention.  

During the year, interns will carry an average case load of 8-12 clients and may have opportunities to gain experience and training in the following areas:

a.    Initial Assessment
b.    Group Facilitation
c.    Brief Individual Therapy
d.    Comprehensive Referral
e.    Outreach (Optional)

Training and Professional Development Activities Include

  • Orientation: Interns will develop personal training goals based on an assessment of their experience and skills.
  • Supervision of Individual Caseload: Each intern will receive weekly, individual supervision, designed to support professional development, case management, and clinical skills. Supervision is provided by a licensed clinical social worker on staff.
  • Didactic Seminars & Group Supervision: Didactic seminars will be offered by members of our multidisciplinary team that highlight clinical areas such as risk assessment and intervention, ethical practice, cultural humility and awareness, body image, and more. Topics explored will consider themes relevant to generalist practice and university counseling center populations. Group supervision will also be provided by a member of the clinical staff to provide an opportunity for case presentation and group consultation.
  • Cultural Journal Reflections: Interns will also complete Cultural Journals once a month intended to explore and further develop various identities (e.g., religious, social class, ethnic, gender, racial, etc.) throughout the internship year. Each month a written reflection of one of these social group memberships will be submitted and feedback for further exploration will be provided. During monthly meetings with the Associate Director of Social Justice, interns will reflect on their exploration and deepen the understanding of their written perspective.
  • Administrative Duties: Interns will be expected to complete administrative tasks in a timely manner and will consult with their clinical supervisors about the appropriate amount of time needed for these tasks. Administrative responsibilities include case management, documentation, and preparation for supervision and case conference.

 

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be offered to qualified candidates on a rolling basis until February 18, 2022 for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Interested applicants can submit their program required materials through the Office of Field Education Portal. Please also send the following directly to the Loyola University Maryland Counseling Center’s Assistant Director of Training, Kourtney Bennett, PhD (via email - kbennett@loyola.edu):

1.    Cover letter;
2.    Curriculum vitae;
3.    A graduate transcript (unofficial acceptable);
4.    Two recommendation letters from clinical supervisors that include information that highlights the following areas:
a) case conceptualization, b) awareness of and ability to respond to themes of equity and inclusion, c) ethical practice, d) use of supervision, and e) workplace engagement/case management. We also appreciate consideration of areas for growth as we work to ensure our training program meets the needs of potential trainees.

*Recommendations must be submitted directly from the recommender by fax to 410-617-2001 or email to kbennett@loyola.edu.

Note: Referrals for this field placement are managed through the UMB SSW Field Education Portal.

Contact Kourtney Bennett, PhD, Assistant Director for Training with any questions by calling 410-617-2273 or by email at kbennett@loyola.edu.