Social Work Internship Program (SWIP)


Hours and Location

Contact Social Work Internship Program (SWIP) Hours
Clinical Preceptor, SWIP: (254) 288-6474 x 237
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location
CRDAMC, Dept. of Social Work
Bldg. 2255
52nd & 761st Tank Bn. Road
Fort Hood, Texas 76544

Overview

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The Social Work Internship Program (SWIP) is an educational bridge between the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the AMEDD Center and School and independent social work practice. It is a formal training program designed to give social work interns structured supervision as they transition from their role as social work students to independent providers. The SWIP exposes unlicensed active duty social workers to key areas of practice within the social work career field, and allows for the advanced application of theory to practice in a supervised setting. Interns refine and reinforce concepts and skills learned during the MSW program at the AMEDD Center and School, and benefit from an experience that teaches him/her about social work and military culture while fostering growth and development in pursuit of independent licensure.

The training experience gives interns:

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  • An opportunity to train in multiple practice areas.
  • Formal, structured and monitored supervision to prepare for independent licensure.
  • Exposure to a standardized training curriculum.
  • Formal independent licensure exam preparation.
  • Specific training needed in preparation for deployment.
  • In-depth exposure to community agencies that support Soldiers and Families.
  • An educational platform for learning ethical decision making.
  • Exposure to administrative skills required to manage behavioral health clinics and services.
  • An opportunity to develop an initial career plan.
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The SWIP is conducted at multiple Army Medical Treatment Facilities for a two-year period. The intern rotates through a variety of behavioral health practice areas under a site specific supervisor. At FT Hood, key practice areas include: Mental/Behavioral Health, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), Combat Operational Stress Control, Medical Social Work, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Marriage and Family, and Social Work Administration/Career Development. Interns successfully complete the SWIP when they demonstrate competency in the abovementioned areas of practice and fulfill the requirements to practice independently in a state of their choice.

Additional Information

Learning objectives for the four required rotations are as follows:

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  • Mental/Behavioral Health (R&R Center): Familiarity with all DOD and Army policies and regulations related to mental health, federal laws, and other regulatory guidance regarding behavioral health and the provision of services. The intern will learn to appropriately disposition mental health cases while conducting comprehensive psychosocial assessments, applying evidenced-based psychotherapeutic treatment interventions, performing case staffing responsibilities, and completing documentation requirements.
  • TOE Embedded Behavioral Health (EBH): This rotation/practice area introduces the intern to the role of the social worker in a field unit, e.g., a Combat Operational Stress Control Team/Brigade Combat Team. The intern gains familiarity with command consultation, participates in unit specific training, and learns principals of Combat Stress Control (CSC) and Traumatic Event Management (TEM). The intern also learns how CSC and TEM integrate with other medical battle operating systems and how to use the military decision making process.
  • The Family Advocacy Program (FAP): This rotation/practice area exposes the intern to domestic violence prevention and assessment, the Case Review Process, and treatment programs and options for the entire family. In addition to conducting comprehensive psychosocial assessments, formulating and applying evidenced-based treatment plans and interventions, the intern also learns case management responsibilities as well as the role of Child Protective Services (CPS) and other agencies involved in cases of domestic violence and/or child abuse and neglect.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): In this rotation/practice area, the intern participates in the clinical and family dynamics of treating co-morbid substance abuse and other Axis I Disorders. The intern will learn about 12-Step Programs, assessment and the use of assessment tools, treatment options, command consultation, and rehabilitation team meetings.

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