YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities is seeking a part-time Masters of Social Work (MSW) Intern who is passionate about creating opportunities for adults to spark social connections and further independence in the Hankering for More (HFM) program. Join a team of highly engaged and energized professionals to provide exceptional services that are person directed, progressive and impactful for adults with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD). Check out our program website: www.yai.org/hfm
- Co-facilitate integrated community outings on Saturdays to support members in have independent social experiences.
- Co-facilitate weekly social skills groups that support HFM members’ work to actualize social plans with friends.
- Continue to develop social skills curriculum with innovative and evidence-based practices.
- Maintain quality assurance documentation including detailed case notes for each clinical interaction and records on goal progress in compliance with Medicaid Waiver regulations.
- Support members in defining their friendship goals, support members in attaining these goals, and overcoming barriers
- Provide brief therapy style social coaching for HFM members on an as needed basis over the phone or in-person (e.g., concrete social skills, social skills refresher, finding social solutions, triangulated friends, progress towards social goals, etc.).
- Organize and facilitate a social capital break out group with 5-10 members based on member-identified interests.
- Oversee at least one HFM project selected based on academic goals to further improve the program. Meet with HFM team to report progress and troubleshoot hurdles.
Desired Applicant Qualities:
- Are open minded, creative and forward thinking.
- Are available for internship on Tuesday and/or Thursday, 2 Saturdays per month and then flex Monday (September-April)
- Pursing their Master’s Level Degree in Social Work
- Have experience and interest in the ID/DD field.
- Have at least 1 year of experience facilitating groups within the ID/DD field.
- Demonstrate strong clinical skills (group work and individual) and an ability to support adults in moving beyond barriers.
- Demonstrate excellent problem solving skills and an ability to overcome challenges.
- Have a willingness to go above & beyond to accomplish program mission & vision.
- Are committed to developing community connections and social capital while in integrated settings.
- Are open to provide and receive feedback from colleagues, team members, and group members.
- Have high emotional intelligence in social situations
- Are intrinsically motivated and a self-starter.
- Are highly flexible and compassionate
- Possess strong organization and communication skills.
- Are committed to the compliance and quality assurance activities affiliated with the YAI Network and OPWDD funding sources
- Maintain YAI annual staffing requirements in compliance with OPWDD regulations and standards and other agency wide initiatives as needed.
All applicants must be current MSW students and this must be clearly stated on your resume to receive consideration.
- Targeted start date – 9/1/2021
- Targeted end date – 4/30/2022
- Part-time: 24 hours per week
- Unpaid Internship