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 Curriculum for MSW Externship

The MSW Externship is a 3,000 hour supervised clinical learning experience. Each Extern will be given the opportunity to learn and strengthen clinical skills necessary to practice independently. The Externship will provide strong supervision to enhance the Extern’s ability to learn on a one-to-one basis.

Educational Objectives:

  • Patient Care: The Extern will learn fundamental patient care goals and the provision of excellent customer service.
  • Clinical Knowledge:
    • Gain knowledge of DSM-IV
    • Gain knowledge in psychological theory
    • Gain knowledge in clinical modalities and appropriateness based on patient need
    • Gain knowledge of appropriate community resources
  • Clinical Skill:
    • Demonstrate ability to complete Diagnostic Intake Evaluations
    • Demonstrate ability to evaluate patient strengths and limitations
    • Demonstrate ability to make diagnoses based on patient symptoms and behavior
    • Demonstrate ability to make differential diagnoses
    • Demonstrate ability to recommend diagnostic changes as needed
    • Demonstrate ability to develop a treatment plan based on the diagnostic assessment
    • Demonstrate ability to monitor and review the treatment plan and make revisions as needed
    • Demonstrate ability to develop appropriate professional relationships with patients
    • Demonstrate ability to provide therapy
    • Demonstrate ability to use various treatment modalities depending on the needs of the patient
    • Demonstrate ability to complete discharge planning
    • Demonstrate ability to make referrals
    • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member.
  • Legal Knowledge:Competency in the knowledge and understanding of laws related to:
    • Life threatening situations
    • Child abuse
    • Elder abuse
    • Physical abuse
    • Competency and understanding of the needed consents for treatment
    • Competency and understanding of the needed authorizations for release of information
    • Competency and understanding of all privacy/confidentiality issues
    • Competency and understanding in professional ethical guidelines
    • Competency and understanding of how to resolve ethical dilemmas
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
    • Demonstrate a non-judgmental approach with patients
    • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate approaches with patients
    • Demonstrate an appropriate professional relationship with colleagues
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate at all levels in an appropriate manner
  • Professional Knowledge:
    • Demonstrate ability to acknowledge strengths and limitations in clinical practice
    • Demonstrate ability to understand the distinctive contributions of mental health and health professionals
    • Demonstrate the ability to understand the LCSW role
    • Demonstrate the ability to understand team work
  • Paper Work Knowledge and Skill:
    • Demonstrate ability to provide appropriate documentation of practice in a thorough manner
    • Demonstrate ability to complete paperwork in a timely manner
    • Demonstrate ability to complete clinical paperwork forms as needed

Hours: This is a full time externship which will result in a total of 3,000 hours of clinical supervision. The externship can not be completed in less than 2 years. The Extern is expected to come in on time and work the expected hours.

Supervision: An LCSW will be assigned to the Extern to provide direct supervision. Other LCSWs in the department may provide mentoring in the form of discussion. Peer review meetings will be utilized for supervision One hour face-to-face weekly meetings with the supervisor will provide ongoing supervision. During the first 12 months, the extern will shadow and sit in on sessions conducted by the supervisor and observe the supervisor. After the first six (6) months of observation, the LCSW may invite the extern to participate in the sessions if appropriate. During the second 12 months, the extern will take responsibility for leading sessions while the supervisor is in the room observing.

Activities: Clinical

Complete Diagnostic Intake Assessments:

  • Assess patient problems
  • Assess patient strengths
  • Accurately diagnose based on symptoms and behavior
  • Demonstrates ability to change DSM-IV diagnosis as needed
  • Assess differential diagnosis

Develop Treatment Plans based on Diagnostic Assessment:

  • Assess treatment plan ongoing
  • Assess if treatment plan effective
  • Revamp treatment plan as needed
  • Develop appropriate professional relationships with patients
  • Develop skill and knowledge to provide therapy
  • Provide therapy
  • Develop skills and knowledge to complete crisis assessments
  • Provide crisis assessments
  • Make appropriate referrals to other health providers and resources
  • Demonstrates knowledge of distinctive contributions of mental health and health professionals
  • Know and understand laws pertaining to life-threatening situations, child abuse, elder abuse, physical abuse
  • Maintain appropriate clinical records and patient data
  • Know and understand record release laws
  • Complete all appropriate documentation in a timely manner

Supervision

  • Attend weekly face-to-face meetings with supervisor
  • Seek out supervision beyond all requirements as needed
  • Self-evaluate areas of need and demonstrate knowledge of strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the importance of obtaining supervision
  • Is aware of issues of authority and accountability in supervision
  • Recognize and respect the boundary between supervision and personal therapy
  • Attend Peer Supervision Meetings
  • Attend Therapy Meetings
  • Attend all patient activity outlined by the supervisor
  • Attend All Staff meetings

Minocqua

Minocqua Counseling Center
9792 Hwy 70 West
Minocqua, WI 54548
715-358-9043
Fax: 715-358-7863

Marshfield

Marshfield Behavioral Health
Russell Lewis Building
605 W. Kalsched
Marshfield, WI 54449
715-387-5744
Fax: 715-387-9025

Eau Claire

Riverview Center Behavioral Health
1000 Starr Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54703
715-858-4850
Fax: 715-858-4513