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Social Work Internship Program

Internship

The Mt. Diablo Unified Internship Program offers one of the most challenging and rewarding internships in the Bay Area.  Beyond excellent fieldwork placement and supervision, Mt. Diablo Unified offers a comprehensive training program for working with students, parents and guardians from diverse backgrounds. Paid interns become MDUSD employees and work to promote the social, emotional, and behavioral wellness of children and adolescents.  Interns learn to perform essential clinical social work functions such as therapeutic services, case management and coordination with mental health, child welfare, juvenile probation. Interns learn to collaborate with community partners to deliver culturally competent services that promote social justice, equity, and the educational success of our learners. Internships with MDUSD meet requirements of IV-E and Prop 63 Mental Health placements. 

Social Work Interns play an integral role in the provision of services in the Foster Youth Services, The Wellness Center programs and Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) in the MDUSD. In addition to providing direct services to children and families in the school district, Interns bring the enthusiasm and high expectations engendered by studying at some of the best graduate institutions in the country.  

MDUSD has partnerships with CSU-East Bay, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University. 

Training & Support:

Interns participate in weekly individual supervision with their assigned Field Instructor, and bi-weekly group supervision. Interns may also consult with their Field Instructor regarding urgent matters as needed. Interns are required to attend monthly trainings designed to improve one’s knowledge of school social work practice, and clinical skills for working with children, youth, and families. Training topics have included education laws and policies (e.g. the Special Education process), suicide assessment and crisis response, self-injurious behavior, empathic listening, case-management, Solution-Focused Therapy, eating disorders, group therapy, substance abuse, termination, and more.

Compensation, Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Second-year Interns receive a $3,000 stipend. First-year Interns receive a $2,000 stipend.
  • Interns placed with MDUSD must provide proof of Negative TB test, and complete a Fingerprint (Livescan) Clearance at the District office (DOJ and CAI clearances).
  • Interns must agree to continue in placement through the natural end of the school year (early June, although exact end date is negotiable).

MDUSD Internship Coordinator Role

The Internship Coordinator is responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with local universities. Currently MDUSD has a strong connection with the school's of social work at UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, San Jose State University, and San Francisco State, and are working to finalize details with USC's virtual program.

Each Spring (March through June), the Coordinator interviews between 18 and 25 potential candidates in various stages of their social work practice. By the end of the school, the year the Coordinator finalizes the intern cohort, which will be set to begin working within MDUSD the following Fall. The Coordinator works with the Administrator to identify school sites that may want to host an intern the following year.  

In August, the Coordinator curates and facilitates a five-day training experience for the group of new interns; school sites and interns are matched at this time. Throughout the school year, the Coordinator facilitates a weekly 1.5 hour group supervision and provides an hour of individual clinical supervision to 3-5 interns (depending on the year). Other Social Work Specialists are asked to provide 1:1 supervision as well, which includes but is not limited to completing written feedback to the respective universities 2-3 times per year, hosting a "field visit" at the intern's school site, and providing clinical feedback on the intern's individual clients and group caseload. 

The Internship Sites

MSW Interns are placed at various school sites, as well as the following placements:

Foster Youth Services (FYS)

MDUSD Foster Youth Services provides individual child and adolescent therapy, group and family counseling, and case management services with clients from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.  MSW Interns provide mental health and support services for children and adolescents who have experienced physical or sexual abuse or neglect and, as a result, have been placed in group homes or with a foster family.  The foster youth whom we serve demonstrate a range of mental health, social, emotional, and educational concerns.  Our program combines professional services (i.e. therapy & tutoring) with strength-based enrichment opportunities (i.e. dance, music, athletics, etc.) to form “packages of support” for individual youth.  Interns often provide the coordination and case management of intervention plans made in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team at the school site.

The Diablo Community Center (DCC)

Located on the campus of Mt. Diablo High School, the DCC offers mental health, case management, referral services, and strength-based programs to Mt. Diablo High students and families. MSW Interns provide individual, group, and family therapy, crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and referrals to community based service providers. Interns also participate in DCC events and activities, positively interacting with students and staff. Interns work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team to address school-wide concerns and develop interventions. Students are referred to the DCC for a variety of issues, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, school adjustment and truancy, behavior and academic problems, family discord and separation, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, abuse/neglect, homelessness, teen pregnancy, acculturation issues, grief and loss, and gang involvement.

Contact

Sandra Wohali
Administrator, School and Community Services
wohalis@mdusd.org
Ph: (925) 682-8000 x3470
Fax: (925) 566-6692