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Social Work Internship

The Social Work Internship Program in the Department of Psychiatry is affiliated with the following graduate schools of social work:

  • Adelphi University
  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • Hunter College
  • New York University

The program only accepts second year students who have a strong interest in clinical social work. The settings within the Department of Psychiatry include the following:

  • Children's and Adolescent Services — serving children, adolescents, and their families from the ages of 3 - 18
  • Adult Outpatient Services — psychopharmacology, case management, individual and group therapy for patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses
  • Continuing Day Treatment Services — a day program designed to meet the needs of individuals with severe mental illness. Group therapy is the primary modality of treatment.
  • Latino Program — a program that addresses the mental health needs of the Latino community in the Borough Park/Sunset Park areas.
  • Inpatient Units — acute 70 bed unit  
  • FACES — theater program designed for at-risk teenagers
  • Our Adult Outpatient Service is also branching into other departments, such as our Cancer Center and Medical Geriatric Service, which provides additional learning opportunities.

Social Work interns are placed in one primary unit of service during their field placement.  There is some opportunity to spend some time in other units of service as well in order to broaden the learning experience. There are weekly social work intern seminars in which all aspects of psychiatry are presented by different professionals, Grand Rounds sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, group therapy seminars, and hypnosis/dream interpretation workshops. Interns are expected to participate in treatment planning conferences and staff meetings. The social work intern will be exposed to the different roles that social workers play in the  department, ranging from discharge planning, case management and providing individual/group psychotherapy. It is a setting which provides a dynamic learning experience.
 
The internship program welcomes students who are bilingual and bi-cultural.
 
Prospective interns who wish to apply to the program need to speak to their field placement advisors about their interest in the placement. Internships are arranged with the involvement and input of the school faculty only.

If the applicant is deemed appropriate he/she will meet with Michele Kerner, ACSW, LCSW, Chief of Social Work initially, and then with the clinician who would be the direct supervisor at a later date. Social Work interns must be additionally screened for security clearance through the Department of Academic Affairs. A physical exam and TB test for interns is also required, and this must be done by the intern's private physician prior to beginning placement.

Contact Information

Michele Kerner, ACSW, LCSW
Chief of Social Work/Educational Coordinator
Maimonides Department of Psychiatry
920 48th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11219
(718) 283-7681
mkerner@maimonidesmed.org