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Advanced Social Work Fellowship

The Victims of Violence program, located in the Adult Outpatient Division of The Cambridge Health Alliance's Department of Psychiatry, offers comprehensive psychological services to adult victims of recent and/or prior crimes of physical and sexual violence.  The program also extends services to survivors of war-related political trauma, family and friends of victims, and collaborates with community settings distressed by violent traumatic events.  The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team who offer clinical training and supervision to advanced students in social work, psychology.  .  Program services include crisis intervention in the aftermath of victimization by violent crime, individual psycho-social evaluation, individual and group treatment, case consultation, research, and clinically based advocacy.

This Advanced Social work Fellowship runs from September 2017-September 2018.  The VOV training experience involves the opportunity to both provide clinical services and receive advanced training opportunities.  Trainees are required to be  on site for a total of 40 hours per week, including one evening. Postgraduate trainees receive a stipend (including health insurance) and four weeks vacation.

Trainee Duties

            Clinical Responsibilities: Social work trainees in the VOV program conduct individual psychosocial evaluations.  They also provide individual, group, and occasionally, family psychotherapy to patients referred to the VOV program.  The social work fellows will carry a caseload of that will comprise about 20 hours, or 50% of the 40 hour fellowship consisting of evaluations, time limited crisis cases, ongoing psychotherapy, and group treatment

Trainee Supervision

            Each social work fellow in the VOV Program receives 2 hours of individual supervision as well as group and crisis supervision.  All supervision is provided by senior staff.  Additional specialized supervision is arranged as needed.

Training Opportunities with the VOV Program

1      Orientation:  Incoming fellows will be expected to participate in hospital wide orientation programs as well as orientation specific to the VOV at the start of the training year in September.

2      VOV Team Meeting: Jayme Shorin, LICSW, This interdisciplinary weekly meeting is comprised  of students and staff.  During this meeting new evaluations of patients are assigned, completed evaluations are presented, cases are reviewed, consultations are extended to clinicians outside of the program, and basic clinical teaching is conducted.  Team meeting is held Monday mornings from 10:00-11:30 and is required of all staff and trainees.

3      The Core Trauma Seminar Dr. Diya Kallivayalil, This is the basic teaching seminar of the VOV program.  Senior program staff and outside speakers review theory, research, and treatment strategies relevant to the nature, etiology, and treatment of post-traumatic stress and related disorders.  The seminar meets weekly on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 and is required of all trainees.

4      Individual Clinical Supervision: Clinical trainees in the VOV program receive a minimum of 2 hours of weekly individual supervision.  Supervision is required of all trainees. 

5      Crisis Intervention Seminar/Supervision: All students meet weekly as a group with Janet Yassen, LICSW, Coordinator of Crisis Services and Yoko Harumi, LICSW,  and Sara Keyes, LICSW of the Victim Resource Center.  The purpose of this seminar is to learn and practice the principle of crisis theory and interventions as it relates to victims of recent violence.  This meeting is required of all trainees.  In addition, trainees carrying particularly difficult individual or family crisis cases will receive additional supervision as needed.

6      Group Therapy Observation: Meets 2 hours a week during the fall semester.

7      Outpatient Psychiatry Department Seminars: A wide variety of seminars are offered and encouraged, but not required.

Fellowships are available to students who have completed an MSW from an accredited institution.  Social work fellows with the VOV Program are awarded an annual stipend of approximately $30,000 for a 12-month training year, with a 4-week vacation.

Application Procedures

            Trainees who are accepted into the VOV program are mature and experienced students with varied clinical backgrounds and strong recommendations from both academic and clinical settings.

            Applicants for advanced social work training at the VOV program should submit a cover letter, C.V. and three letters of recommendation by  May 15, 2017  to:

Phillip Brown, LICSW

Victims of Violence Program

Central Street Health Center

26 Central Street

Somerville, MA  02143

pbrown1@challiance.org