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MSW Clinical Intern

The Institute for Health & Recovery is a nationally-renowned, award-winning agency that specializes in innovative services, training and evaluation focused on addressing the unique needs of underserved families, women and youth. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. Our mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges, and other health issues.

Summary Statement

The Institute for Health and Recovery seeks committed second year social work interns to help respond to the needs of individuals and families impacted by substance use, mental health challenges including trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Social work interns work under IHR’s professional clinicians and collaborate with other members of IHR’s advocacy teams to assess client needs and develop and implement comprehensive service plans that promote clients’ goals.

Strong candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to working with adults, youth, and /or families from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and who are faced with a variety of clinical and socioeconomic needs. Creativity, responsibility, empathy, perseverance, and excellent written and oral communication skills are important qualities for effective social workers in IHR’s setting.

Supervised by

Safe Coordinator and/or Outpatient Supervisor

Essential Functions

Assessing Client Needs
  • Interviewing clients and performing assessments under the supervision of a staff social worker to determine client needs, including psychiatric, social, emotional, and educational needs;
  • Thorough records collection and collateral interviews – including interviews of parents, guardians, and other relevant family members – gathering and analyzing information relevant to assessing client needs;
  • Developing and maintaining competency in assessing and meeting the needs of every IHR client, including clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning;
  • Providing crisis intervention to clients as needed under the supervision of professional staff.
Developing and Implementing Service Plans
  • Developing clinical treatment and service plans under the supervision of professional staff.
  • Becoming and remaining familiar with relevant service providers, including community-based providers of mental health care services, job training, counseling, and housing;
  • Becoming and remaining familiar with the range of government benefits that may be available to clients and their families, and with the mechanisms for accessing those benefits;
  • Counseling clients and client families on available services and benefits and on overcoming potential barriers to accessing those services and benefits;
  • Making referrals, finding placements, and assisting with logistics and enrollment to help clients and their families access needed services and benefits;
  • Maintaining regular contact with programs providing services to clients, monitoring service quality and client compliance;
  • Evaluating client progress towards treatment goals, and counseling clients to help ensure that goals are met.
Communication, Presentation and Documentation
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships of trust with clients and their families;
  • Maintaining regular contact with clients
  • Thoroughly documenting all work and all information gathered;
  • Performing other tasks and duties consistent with the experience and expertise of a clinical intern, as directed by the supervising clinician or by IHR’s managing director or executive director.

Clinical interns must perform all duties under the supervision of an experienced, licensed, professional clinician in accordance with applicable law, ethical rules, and the performance standards.

Clinical interns must act in accordance with the code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and IHR. Interns will receive a minimum of one hour per week of supervision from a licensed member of the professional clinical staff, in addition to weekly group supervision and monthly training opportunities.

Required Qualifications/Requirements

  • Deep commitment to the IHR’s client-centered, collaborative ethic, which recognizes that all advocacy must be driven by the expressed interests of clients;
  • Excellent interpersonal and clinical interviewing skills, and the ability to develop rapport with a wide range of people;
  • Strong analytical ability;
  • Ability to work as a member of interdisciplinary team;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Thorough understanding of social, psychological, medical, economic, and legal factors that affect human behavior;
  • Interest or experience in working with adolescents;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Creativity and flexibility in solving problems and meeting challenges;
  • Enrollment in an accredited master’s level clinical program and independent practice insurance as required by the educational institution;
  • Car ownership, or daily use of a car, with a valid driver’s license and insurance;
  • Willingness to submit to a background check;
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Preferred Qualifications/Requirements

  • Experience working with individuals and/or families from many cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Interest in treatment of substance use and/or trauma-related disorders;
  • Familiarity with developmental psychology and mental health issues.

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MSW Clinical Intern
Cambridge and Boston, Mass.
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