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Applying for an Internship at SHIELDS

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Take the next step.

To apply for an internship, qualified applicants should submit the following information via email to the Clinical Training Program Administrator:

  1. Student Information Form
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Cover letter


SHIELDS for Families

Kimberly McElreath, LCSW
Clinical Training
Program Administrator

P.O. Box 59129
Los Angeles, CA 90059
TEL
310.603.1050 x2129
FAX
310.603.1070
EMAIL
kmcelreath@shieldsforfamilies.org

SHIELDS For Families, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, ancestry, or marital status. Some positions require pre-employment physicals, Class B and/or C Driver’s license, and testing for illegal substance abuse. SHIELDS For Families, Inc. is a drug-free workplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest in SHIELDS’ Clinical Internship Program. An internship at SHIELDS is a wonderful opportunity to get on-the-job training and direct experience working with one of the leaders in the field of child welfare, mental health and substance abuse. Students at our agency are provided with a well-rounded and structured training experience. Our goal is to provide students with a solid theoretical and practical foundation for future professional work in this field.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Psychology Practicum and Part-Time CAPIC Internship
Students are provided with comprehensive training in psychological assessment.  This training program will offer an intensive exposure and familiarity to a variety of psychological and neuropsychological assessment testing instruments.  These tests include but are not limited to the following:  WAIS-IV, WISC-IV, TONI-3, various tests of Memory, Executive Functioning, Language, Attention, Visual Spatial, and Motor Functioning.  Personality Functioning is also assessed using a number of objective and subjective instruments (PAI-A, PAI-SP, PIC-2, Achenbach, Beck Depression Index and Anxiety scales, Trauma scales, Child Behavior Checklist, House-Tree-Person, Parenting Stress Index, and Rorschach).  Training will be provided for all unfamiliar assessment tools.  One of the most important objectives of the training program is to have students learn to respect and appreciate diversity.  Consideration of norms, as well as other salient contextual variables, are viewed and integrated within a comprehensive multicultural/contextual framework.

The Clinical Practicum and Internship Program is designed as a 12-month commitment based on academic requirements and agency need. Practicum students and Interns are required to work a minimum of 16-20 hours per week. Students will attend the following weekly activities: individual supervision, group supervision, and didactic training.

MSW Interns and MFT Trainees
Students at our agency are provided a comprehensive training experience, including orientation trainings, monthly in-service trainings on various clinical topics, and both individual and group clinical supervision. One of the most important objectives of the training program is to have students learn to respect and appreciate diversity.  Our training program is committed to fostering cross-cultural sensitivity in our students. Students will be challenged to engage in their own cultural self-assessment and to develop an understanding of how individual and cultural experiences shape worldviews.  As well, students are encouraged to engage in self-exploration in order to cultivate on-going personal and professional growth.

As a DMH-contracted provider agency, students will receive training and practical experience on the completion of Department on Mental Health paperwork as well as a working knowledge of diagnoses and the DSM. Depending on specific placement, students will have the opportunity to utilize individual, family, and group therapy modalities as well as training on crisis intervention, work with co-occurring disorders, and brief and long-term therapy models, inclusive of evidence based programs and practices.  Students will be exposed to a range of theoretical orientations during their training.  Some of the more commonly used approaches to treatment include:  Cognitive Behavioral, Behavior Modification, Psychodynamic, Systems Theory, Humanistic and Solution-Focused.  For second year MSW interns with a concentration of macro practice, students may have the opportunity to become involved with program development and grant writing.

Entry Points: Entry points for MSW students occur in September and January. Schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays as well as Fridays for second year students (unless otherwise assigned by university).

Entry points for MFT Trainees include September and January (as well as May if school allows). Required placement days are Tuesdays and Thursdays due to supervision and training schedule. Interviewing for each entry point for MFT Trainees typically occurs 2-3 months before start date.                                                                                                                                        
BA/BSW in Social Work and Human Services-related majors

Bachelors-level students at our agency are provided with a diverse and comprehensive learning experience. Students will have the opportunity to participate in practical field experience activities, including case management services, psychoeducation, home visits, facilitating support groups and supportive counseling services, and providing emergency assistance to clients.

Drug/Alcohol Interns
Students are provided with practical experiences following the model of the twelve core functions, including screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referrals, report and record keeping, and consultation on cases.

Special Requirements

Before starting a placement, students are required to complete livescan/fingerprinting as well as have a current TB test.  Students are required to attend orientation trainings as assigned.

Training Program Highlights

  • Awarded Agency of the Year by USC School of Social Work, 2013
  • Awarded Field Placement “Extra Mile Award” by UCLA Department of Social Welfare, 2008
  • SHIELDS functions as a Teaching Institute for the USC School of Social Work and as a captive practicum site for Pepperdine University’s clinical doctoral students.
  • CAPIC Internship site since 2012

Applying for an Internship at SHIELDS

See something that interests you?
Take the next step.

To apply for an internship, qualified applicants should submit the following information via email to the Clinical Training Program Administrator:

  1. Student Information Form
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Cover letter


SHIELDS for Families

Kimberly Medvin, LCSW
Clinical Training
Program Administrator

P.O. Box 59129
Los Angeles, CA 90059
TEL
310.603.1050 x2129
FAX
310.603.1070
EMAIL
kmedvin@shieldsforfamilies.org

SHIELDS For Families, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, ancestry, or marital status. Some positions require pre-employment physicals, Class B and/or C Driver’s license, and testing for illegal substance abuse. SHIELDS For Families, Inc. is a drug-free workplace.