Case Management/Social Work Internship

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The HELP Center
3918 Dickerson Road, Suite 110
Nashville, TN
Posted: January 19 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 5 Full-time, Unpaid

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Description

The mission of The HELP Center is to provide ex-offenders preemptive support to restructure their lives and achieve success within pro-social parameters through employment, supportive, counseling and educational services. An internship provides the opportunity for students to apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom to "real world" experiences. Internships may be completed year round. As a member of the team, with supervision provided by myself and the executive director, the intern performs case management activities to facilitate the maximum function and coping capacity of ex-offenders while following organizational policies and procedures. Interns will interview individuals, identify their needs, connect them to available resources and assist with paperwork as needed. Intern will work with individuals on a one to one basis to develop and implement an individualized case action plan. I welcome an opportunity to speak with you regarding an internship with The HELP Center. If you are interested in our internship position please contact me at ramonjohnson@thehelpcentertn.org.

Responsibilities

The intern will perform case management activities which will include but are not limited to: assess household and individual client needs, determine the best plan of action to address those needs, provide counseling, facilitate access to the services and available resources necessary for self-sufficiency and housing stabilization, follow up to ensure that client referrals were completed and tracking and documenting client progress.

Requirements

NEED: Without the guidance of case management, ex-offenders have a difficult journey to self-sufficiency and have higher levels of returning to incarceration. Navigating the complex human services delivery system can be difficult for clients-particularly those with many barriers. The ex-offender population often has a variety of challenges including mental health diagnoses, physical disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence and poverty. Ex-offenders will be assigned and required to meet with a case management intern. The intern will perform case management activities which will include but are not limited to: assess household and individual client needs, determine the best plan of action to address those needs, provide counseling, facilitate access to the services and available resources necessary for self-sufficiency and housing stabilization, follow up to ensure that client referrals were completed and tracking and documenting client progress.

SOCIAL WORK INTERNSHIP: Highly skilled and effective case management interns are becoming a core component of ex-offender services. The HELP Center currently has seven internship positions which we are recruiting for immediately. These internships are designed to provide students with an opportunity to acquire professional skills while earning college credits. These skills are beneficial to students whether they plan to pursue a graduate or professional degree or seek employment in a related field.

WHY AN INTERNSHIP?
An internship provides the opportunity for students to apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom to "real world" experiences. Internships may be completed during the fall, spring, or summer terms. An internship improves the student’s chances of success after college by:
• Standing out an internship on a resume helps a student stand out from others as a candidate for a professional job or graduate school
• Understanding understand the expectations of a chosen profession and increase a student’s understanding of self ( strengths, what needs to improve, aspirations)
• Capabilities develop capabilities/skills needed in the social work profession or graduate school
• Critical Assessment help critically assess career options
• Experience gain professional experience to increase job marketability and help succeed in a professional job
• Social Networking create valuable professional networks to help find jobs or get into graduate school

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