Two-Year Post-MSW Fellowship in Advanced Clinical Social Work

Developing leaders in clinical social work

The Post-MSW Fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center is a two-year training program providing advanced training for social workers who want 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 tailored to each individual Social Work Fellow’s interests and career goals, which may be specific to activities at the Yale Child Study Center and/or may involve collaboration with the larger community (hospitals, schools, agencies, etc.).

Each Fellow will work individually with licensed clinical social workers who are 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.

Each Social Work Fellow will be assigned to either the Outpatient Clinic (OPC) or the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS), 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.

Within each service, clients are represented at Rounds regularly to discuss treatment and review progress with a group of cross disciplinary colleagues. Rounds are attended by Rounds leaders and clinical staff (social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists) assigned to the group.

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

Program Details

The Post-MSW Fellowship runs from July 1st through June 30th of the respective years.

A stipend of $30,000 will be provided the first year and $35,000 the second year. Comprehensive health care through the Yale Health Plan is available for a nominal fee.

Housing and transportation are not provided. You can learn more about popular housing choices at the website for Yale Housing

Eligible applicants must have satisfactorily completed accredited Master’s level training in Social Work, Master Level Social Worker licensing requirements for the state of Connecticut, and DMV and criminal background checks by the start of the training year (July 1st) for which applying. Preference is given to applicants with previous direct clinical experience.

Seminars and training activities include, but are not limited to, Departmental Grand Rounds, Social Work Seminar, Psychopharmacology for Non-Physicians, Minding the Baby – Reflective Functioning, Young Child Seminar, Parent Management Training, and Clinical Staff Meeting.

Applications are due before midnight EST on January 5th. 

Applicants should submit:

  • completed application form
  • resume
  • most recent school transcript
  • three letters of reference
  • a brief (de-identified) clinical assessment in narrative form
  • a statement of interests and professional goals 
All items must be submitted electronically, as a complete application package to anne.santello@yale.edu.

Late or incomplete packages will not be accepted. Email anne.santello@yale.edu with an questions. 


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.

How to Apply

Applications are due before midnight EST on January 5th. 

Applicants should submit:

  • completed application form
  • resume
  • most recent school transcript (does not need to be official or sealed)
  • three letters of reference
  • a brief, de-identified, clinical assessment in narrative form (5 pages maximum)
  • a statement of interests and professional goals-include how diversity impacts clinical care in a mental health setting (3 pages maximum)

All items must be submitted electronically, as a complete application package to anne.santello@yale.edu.

Late or incomplete packages will not be accepted. Email anne.santello@yale.edu with any questions.