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Clinical Social Work Internship Training Program

Mental Health Placements

Psychiatric Emergency Services (1 slot available)
Students are expected to spend 3 days a week, M-F 8am to 5pm. Students usually complete approximately 65 to 80 evaluations per placement year. They have the opportunity to learn crisis intervention skills on the phone and in-person, with patients who are experiencing acute psycho- social or psychiatric crisis. Preceptor model for supervision is used along with a team approach. Placement is a good match for a motivated student with some mental health experience, positive attitude and interest in learning assessment, diagnostic and crisis intervention skills with an acute population.
Field Instructor: John Kettley, L.M.S.W.

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry (2 slots available)
This is a general psychiatry unit, with some distinction in the specialty programs it houses such as personality disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders (limited)
Students will work on an interdisciplinary team and will learn to complete psychosocial assessments with patients and their families, participate in DSM-IV diagnostic formulations, implement treatment interventions, provide crisis intervention and brief therapy, and education and support. Additionally students will be involved in discharge planning. This includes contact with community providers as well as with the patients, families and other inpatient staff.

Students will participate in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, case conferences, and patient rounds. The internship requires a commitment of 24 hours per week spread over 3-5 days with attention to the times of team meetings and patient rounds.
Field Instructors: Joyce Cunningham, L.M.S.W. and Gloria Patterson, L.M.S.W.

Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry (2 slots available)
This is a short-term diagnostic crisis unit for children, adolescents and their families. The average length of stay on the inpatient unit is 5-7 days. The unit is a crisis stabilization unit for patients who are typically suicidal or homicidal. Students will be part of an interdisciplinary team that meets daily to review cases and discuss treatment planning. Students will learn to complete social work assessments during the initial admission, present cases at team meetings, conduct on-going family therapy and individual therapy, facilitate discharge planning and facilitate discharge or exit meetings.

Candidates should interested in short-term crisis focused inpatient work on a child/adolescent unit and collaborative work with other clinicians. No previous experience is necessary, as there is significant support for students developing the necessary skills to function in this fast-paced rapid turnover unit. Previous child/adolescent experience in a crisis setting will be helpful.

Outpatient Adult Psychiatry (1 slots available)
Students will be assigned to a multidisciplinary team. The student in this practicum will do comprehensive diagnostic assessments and treatment planning, and will provide directly observed outpatient psychotherapy for people requesting help with depression, personality disorders and other mental health disorders.  The student will treat a wide range of patients, and will learn the theory and practice of various psychosocial interventions, including cognitive-behavioral treatment, interpersonal psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy.  The student will primarily provide treatment to individuals, but will also have the opportunity to do some couples therapy and group therapy. 

Weekly team meetings function as focused teaching-learning conferences.  Students are encouraged to be active participants at these meetings, as they will present their findings from diagnostic evaluations, as well as presented clinical cases for treatment planning and review. This placement is a good fit for students with good interpersonal skills, with the interest and motivation to develop skills necessary to become a practicing clinician.  Familiarity with DSM IV is preferred.
Field Instructors: Kris Konz, LMSW

Adult Outpatient Psychiatry/ Community Mental Health (1 slot available)
This placement is 50% UM Department of Psychiatry and 50% CSTS (CMH) Borderline Program.  The Psychiatry team at the Depression Center with the Depression team (team meets on Monday afternoons from 3-4:30), and specializes in peri-natal women.  So, many cases assigned to the student are young women exhibiting symptoms of depression around pregnancy or post-partum.

The clients served by the borderline team (meetings held Thursdays from noon- 2:30pm) are usually dramatic and challenging.  The student is expected to be self-motivated to take advantage of a wide range of experience with demanding clients.   Many of them have self-harm behaviors.   The student will be expected to learn and be good at setting limits.  The team approach is the method of choice so the student best suited for this placement is open to team functioning in a very supportive way in which clinicians help each other to deliver good care. Students will become knowledgeable and well trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Opportunities for research experiences are also available.  A certain amount of travel back and forth is necessary.  Students should also be able to manage juggling schedules between two clinics.
Field Instructor: JoAnn Heap, LMSW

Child/Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry (3 slots available)
Students will be part of a multidisciplinary outpatient team, and must be available to attend weekly team meetings on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about child development, family dynamics, psychosocial and diagnostic evaluations skills, as well as a variety of therapeutic modalities including family therapy, parent training, cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy for children/adolescents with mental health problems and their families.  Students will be expected to carry a therapeutic caseload of 5-8 patients weekly and be involved in weekly psychiatric evaluations (both under direct supervision).  Opportunities for participation in research may also be available.  Familiarity with child development and the DSM IV is preferred. 
Field Instructors: Linda Henny, LMSW, Mary Gass, LMSW, and Melissa Webster, LMSW

*All placements are 3 days per week per semester


How to Apply

Applications for field placement in the Department of Psychiatry should be made through: School of Social Work, Office of Field Instruction