Understanding myriad factors affecting mental health is how social workers can better assist impacted individuals and their families. Our internship opportunities in evidence-based practice and recovery treatment models include a stipend and are available for advanced year students in the Buffalo and Rochester areas.
Students learn to implement evidence-based interventions with individuals diagnosed with major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They also learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions and programs.
Students receive a New York Office of Mental Health Certificate upon completion.
Participating students are required to enroll in the following online course:
ACT is a recovery based team approach to serving adults with a diagnosis of mental illness. Evidence-based treatment practices (interventions that have demonstrated positive outcomes in multiple research studies) provide a framework for a model that focuses on individualized, flexible and supportive care in both clinic and community settings.
The intern will be part of multidisciplinary team that meets daily and typically includes social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, and peer and vocational specialists. Rather than send the consumer to other programs that broker services, an ACT team provides a full array of services that can range from assisting with housing and employment to substance abuse treatment.
Members of the team typically do not have individual caseloads, rather the team as a whole is responsible for care. For example, assessment and treatment planning are done collaboratively in close consultation with each other.
This format provides a rich and supportive learning environment for students.