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Westbrook School Department

Website: https://www.westbrookschools.org/
Location: Westbrook,
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Description: Internship split between two social workers for District and High School. Working with the High School working primarily with students who receive special education services. This position would include learning about IEPs, having the opportunity to provide individual and group counseling for students both with an IEP and students who do not receive special education services. Working with the District social worker would allow the intern to work with students K-12 primarily those who are displaying challenging behaviors, creating behavior plans, working with families, attending IEP meetings, consulting with teachers and BCBA’s, attending CPPC meetings and working with outside providers. Grant writing for programs/services for students who are homeless.
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Westbrook Schools

Website: https://www.westbrookschools.org/
Location: Westbrook,
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Description: This would be a shared position splitting time at Saccarappa Elementary School working with the regular education social worker doing small groups and restorative work with students and working with the District McKinney veto liaison to support students who are homeless with access to education. Field student would also be part of threat assessment teams and assist with truancy.
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Winthrop Public Schools (Maine)

Website: https://www.winthropschools.org/
Location: Winthrop,
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Description: Generalist and Specialization Year Opportunities
Fall Start - Traditional Practicum ONLY (32 weeks)

Social work services are provided to the district at the Grade School (K-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12) to assist students and their families as needed to address personal, social or emotional maladjustment related to their educational and/or social progress. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Client/Constituent Contact: Studying, intervening, and assessing students in settings that include the classroom, individual sessions, small group work, family systems, and the school-wide community; the collection of biological, psychological and sociological assessment data related to planning, intervening and goal attainment for children with adjustment problems; triaging students with emergencies/crisis’ as needed; providing unbiased and supportive counseling, education, and referrals as required with respect to client’s unique race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability.

Administrative Tasks/Case management/Support: Case management style services may include assistance with the intake process; arranging, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and advocating for multiple services that meet a student/family’s complex needs; performing casework services with families as part of an integral task of helping students; increasing the knowledge and use of appropriate resources available to the school community; research regarding local resources and potential partnerships for ongoing use, file/record reviews, etc.

Meetings/trainings/conferences: Meet weekly with LCSW to complete case studies, reflect on CSWE competencies, micro/mezzo/macro interventions, and outcomes with specific attention to how values, ethics, and bias impact performance and how healthy self-care aids retention; attend a variety of interdisciplinary meetings; participate in applicable school-wide workshops/trainings.

Miscellaneous: Contribute to strategies utilized in school-wide interventions that support the mental health, social and emotional needs of students and the school community on an ongoing basis while ensuring respect to all client’s unique race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability; plan and apply interventions that will assist students to meet academic/social milestones that eventually lead to graduation. Intern will have the opportunity to shadow the district social worker and school counselors, the school nurses since they often support students who are struggling with mental/emotional/social needs, as well as the Special Education teachers and Behavioral Interventionist, the Title IX Coordinator and Affirmative Action coordinator, and McKinney-Vento homelessness liaison. Specific support may also be provided around students experiencing food insecurity.

Additional Info: It would be important for the student to feel comfortable working with a wide age range since there will be opportunities to work with grades K-12. Multiple techniques and approaches are necessary with each student/client in a variety of settings. Specifically, play therapy techniques are key at the grade school for helping students with lower communications skills process trauma and build socialization skills, group work is imperative at the pre-teen/young teen level to build interpersonal and empathy skills, and individual counseling sessions for older students are vital to help process complex challenges and emotions so they can reach their goal of graduating. These interventions, paired with district-wide prevention/intervention/crisis management approaches, case management services, mediation techniques, collaboration with interdisciplinary team members, work to build community resources, and building advocacy skills for vulnerable, oppressed and other high risk groups are just some of the opportunities an intern would need to be excited about.
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Wiscasset Public Schools – Sheepscot Regional Education Program

Website: https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/embrace/contact
Location: Wiscasset,
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Description: Regionalized Education support services for students with social and emotional disabilities grades 7-12. Self-contained classroom.
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Woodford’s Family Services

Website: https://www.woodfords.org/
Location: Westbrook,
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Description: Community Care Self Management--Program Description: We provide coordination, observations, referrals, advocacy and monitoring of children with Axis I diagnosis, for parents or guardians. Population served: birth to 20 children with developmental or emotional disabilities. Program Mission: Woodfords Family Services is committed to the support and inclusion of individuals with special needs and their families in Maine communities. Offices in Topsham, Oakland and Manchester. Students will find learning opportunities in the following areas: Case management, Advocacy, Assessments, Case documentation, Conflict resolution.
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York County Community College – Counseling and Wellness

Website: https://www.yccc.edu/support-services/students/counseling-services/
Location: Wells,
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Description: Holistic learning environment at YCCC. They serve college students aged 16-70+. Student learning opportunities include: case management; program development; program evaluation; advocacy; assessments; community education; individual counseling; case documentation; family work; conflict resolution; group work.
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York High School

Website: https://yhs.yorkschools.org/
Location: York,
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York Hospital

Website: https://www.yorkhospital.com/locations/york/
Location: York,
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Description: A not for profit 79 bed hospital. A modern facility with medical/surgical unites, 24 hour ER, innovative breast care center, extensive inpatient and outpatient year round community programs.
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York Hospital Recovery Center

Website: https://www.yorkhospital.com/recovery-center/
Location: York,
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Description: The Recovery Center’s “Phase Program” with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) provides an intensive outpatient program for treatment of all substance use disorders. Phase I and Phase II are programs that together provide professional support for 6 months of the recovery process.  Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) can be defined as the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
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Youth LED Justice (YLJ)

Website: https://www.youthledjustice.org/
Location: Portland,
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Description: YLJ is a youth-led restorative justice diversion program that receives referrals for youth who have gotten in trouble with the law, school and/or in community. Youth volunteers serve as advocates and facilitators in a restorative process for the youth referred( the respondent)to Youth-LED Justice. Youth volunteers are trained to facilitate dialogue during a Youth-LED Circle, a Peer Facilitator Circle or participate as an affected community member in an adult-led circle. Staff work with the respondent, victims and those affected to meet needs and find accountability through an intake, brief assessment and follow up for 3-6 months after each circle process. YLJ staff often work to connect youth respondents, victims and family members with clinical support before, during or after the restorative process. We are looking to host interns to offer low barrier, short term therapeutic support for participants of restorative circles, victims, youth in trouble, family members and/or other community members involved. Interns would be offering services in both regions we serve the greater Lewiston/Auburn community and Portland area, with some telehealth options as well.
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