About our Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship and Internship Program
The fellowship and internship
place a high priority on developing practitioners with a strong foundation in theory; a capacity to be reflective regarding their own values and use of self; and a capacity to assess the strengths and limitations of theoretical frameworks in the treatment process.
Training occurs through course work, clinical practicum opportunities and intensive supervision. Trainees also focus on careful and thorough diagnosis and a compassionate, patient-centered approach to working with patients at The Menninger Clinic.
Fellowships are available in Menninger's inpatient adult specialty programs
with the possibility of an advanced second-year fellowship. The candidate may request a preferred specialty program for assignment.
Fellows participate as members of interdisciplinary teams and work directly with patients and their families, often serving as a liaison between the patient, family and team. Fellows integrate diagnostic formulations into treatment planning, weekly team meetings and team rounds with patients.
In addition, fellows conduct group, individual and family therapy sessions and are involved in advanced case management. Generally, fellows have a caseload of three families and two individual psychotherapy cases at a time. Fellows are responsible for co-facilitating group therapy twice per week. In total, fellows carry four to eight hours of individual and group therapy per week and three to five hours of family therapy and/or intervention per week, in addition to other clinical duties.
Each week fellows participate in approximately 10 hours of individual supervision, group supervision and didactic seminars. Topics include family dynamics, individual case conference, clinical syndromes, group dynamics, group process, psychodynamic psychotherapy and seminar in psychological testing and assessment. Because Menninger is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, fellows may also attend the college's Grand Rounds and case conferences.
- Master’s degree in social work (MSW, MSSW) from a graduate college or school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
- Concentration in clinical social work; specific background working with individuals, families or groups is helpful, as is familiarity with the DSM-IV
- LMSW or LCSW from the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (TSBSWE) before beginning the fellowship
- Stipend to $35,000
- Health insurance, paid time off and sick leave
The application deadline for the 2019-2020 fellowships is February 1, 2019. To apply, complete the online application and submit the following:
- Three letters of recommendation (two must be from internship supervisors of direct practice work)
- Field evaluations (first year and most recent semester)
- Clinical paper (de-identified) with a process recording
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Final candidates will be asked to interview at Menninger with a group of clinical supervisors and current social work staff and fellows. Interviews are typically held on the second or third Friday in March.