Internships

MSW Internship Program

CSI’s Social Work Interns—all advanced standing or second year placement—work within the inter-disciplinary team environment of the agency. The dynamic commitment of student interns energizes and enriches the agency’s culture of learning. Clients, staff, and students alike benefit. CSI works to help students meet requirements particular to each respective Graduate School of Social Work. The clinical training program provides weekly individual clinical supervision, weekly group supervision and didactic trainings, ongoing dialogue, and monthly consultation with the Medical Director.

Social Work field education connects classroom knowledge with practice situations and challenges. The vital learning laboratory of the agency setting helps illuminate the principles of therapeutic alliance and effective intervention. By providing services under the guidance of experienced professionals, students competently apply social work values, skills, and knowledge while serving individuals and families from vulnerable populations. Students develop their own particular clinical style while working from strengths-based and person-in-environment perspectives. Interns’ multilevel social work interventions help clients address their problems and better navigate community and social service systems.

Doctoral Psychology Internships

Community Services Institute, Inc. (CSI) offers 8 full-time training positions for Pre-doctoral Interns in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at its Springfield, Massachusetts location.   These funded positions begin during the first week in July and extend through the second week of July the following year, for a total of 2000-Internship hours.

The mission of the Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship at CSI is to prepare psychologists to function effectively and flexibly as practitioners in a variety of community settings. CSI is an early pioneer in providing child-focused family support for multi-problem families, particularly those involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, and the Courts.

The treatment of mental health has undergone a radical shift in the way services are delivered to the disenfranchised, a population often poorly served by a clinic-based model. CSI provides Interns the experience of delivering a wide range of clinical services from psychological testing, clinical interviews, and diagnostic assessment, as well as play therapy, and individual and family psychotherapy. Many of these services happen not only in the office setting, but also, more importantly, in the community-particularly at home and in school.

While we focus this training on effective service delivery of in-home outpatient psychotherapy treatment, this training has broader applicability, with transferable clinical skills and roles, to any community or hospital based healthcare setting, private practice, residential or public/private schools. In-home outpatient psychotherapy is a growing field of service. Once viscerally familiar with the challenges of in-home outpatient psychotherapy with this demanding population, Interns may choose to pursue further training using in-home outpatient psychotherapy services as doctoral-level psychology supervisors, clinical program administrators, grant writers or program innovators.

Affiliation with Springfield College Department of Psychology

As an affiliate of Springfield College, CSI annually administers and supervises a program of practical clinical experience for graduate level psychology students.