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Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship

Developing leaders in clinical social work

The Post-Master's Fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center is a two-year training program providing advanced training for social workers aiming to provide excellent clinical interventions with children, youth, and families, and become leaders in the field of clinical social work. Social Work Fellows participate in both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific training, which includes didactics, intensive supervision, and direct practice, with engagement in an elective project and/or area of specialization in the second year of the training program. The second-year elective is chosen by each individual Social Work Fellow and tailored to their specific interests and career goals through options available at the Yale Child Study Center, through collaboration with the larger community (hospitals, schools, agencies, etc.), and/or created by themselves.

Each Social Work Fellow will be assigned to a host clinical setting, which will be either the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) or the Outpatient Clinic (OPC), with candidate’s preference for placement taken into consideration. The clinical experience includes clinical assessment, treatment planning, individual psychotherapy, family treatment, child guidance, parent guidance, and case coordination and management, along with weekly multidisciplinary Clinical Rounds presentations and discussions.

Within the respective host clinical setting, each Fellow will receive supervision with licensed clinical social workers who are senior members of the Yale Child Study Center faculty. Over the course of the two-year training program, Social Work Fellows will accrue clinical and supervision hours sufficient to meet licensing requirements in the state of Connecticut. Depending on local regulations, these requirements may be reciprocal when applying for licensing in other states.

As of 2020 our training program is formally collaborating with the Yale New Haven Hospital Department of Social Work and offering opportunities for second-year elective placement on patient units including pediatrics, maternal health, and adult medicine, with training and supervision provided by senior hospital social work staff.

We serve diverse families and are committed to recruiting applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic Track

The Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children (OPC) strives to optimize the developmental potential of children and families by providing the most effective treatment interventions available based on the principles of child development and child psychopathology. Treatment focuses on family involvement and utilizes data to improve and refine our approach to child and adolescent mental health services. Treatment includes individual, parent, and family therapies along with collaboration with schools and other service providers. Individual clinical supervision is provided by senior faculty within the OPC.

Social work fellows in this track will participate in the OPC Provider Orientation.

Psychotherapeutic services include:

  • cognitive behavioral treatments
  • trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
  • parent management training, family therapy
  • problem-solving skills training
  • play therapy
  • traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy

Group therapies include:

  • social skills
  • anger management
  • relaxation
  • groups for youth identifying or questioning their sexual orientation/identity.

Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services Track

Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) promotes positive child and family functioning through developmentally informed, theory-based programs and practices delivered in the child and family’s home. Services are accessible, culturally competent, and responsive to the strengths and needs of each child and family. The overarching goal of IICAPS is the maintenance of each child’s primary relationship with parents or other adults in the interest of permanency and safety.

IICAPS serves children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances who are at high risk for psychiatric hospitalization as well as those involved in both the mental health and juvenile justice systems and at risk for placement in either hospital or detention facilities. All services are provided by two person teams of licensed or license-eligible social workers, psychologists, nurses, professional counselors, and bachelor’s level mental health counselors. Treatment includes individual, parent, and family therapies. Clinical services include collaboration with schools and other service providers.

In addition to individual supervision by faculty, clinical supervision will be provided to each clinical team by faculty within IICAPS.