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Waco Center for Youth

Contact Information:
3501 N. 19th Street
Waco, TX 76708
Phone: (254) 756-2171
Website: www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhhospitals/wacocenterforyouth

Agency Mission/Services:
To give each youth a chance for change. Waco Center for Youth is a licensed psychiatric residential treatment facility that serves teenagers ages 13-17 with emotional difficulties and/or behavioral problems. WCY is governed by the Joint Commission on Accrediation of Healthcare Organizations. Social workers at WCY practice all levels of generalist practice, i.e., micro, mezzo, and macro. Therapies include individual, family and group modalities and cognitive behavioral therapy is the primary theoretical framework used. Service delivery includes a multi-disciplinary approach and the treatment team consists of the psychiatrist, social worker, nurse, direct care staff and habilitation staff. Clients remain in treatment for a period of 6-9 months. WCY bases its treatment philosophy on the belief that both behavior change and an understanding of self and others are equally important in achieving long term success in treatment.

Opportunities:
Baccalaureate/MSW Foundation: Facilitating admissions and writing psychosocial assessments, case management, resource location, liaison work with local Mental Health Mental Retardation (MHMR) center, attend treatment team meetings; read and learn from case histories/prior records; assist in developing TX plans; observe and assist with psychoeducational groups and life skills groups.

MSW Concentration: Work with an assigned caseload of clients, both male and female, providing individual, family, and group therapies. MSW students function in the role of a treatment team coordinator/therapist in the agency. They participate in multi-disclipinary treatment teams and participate in both individual and group supervision modalities.

Desired Qualifications:
An internship at WCY is a placement designed for students who have an indentified interest in learning about the assessment and clinical intervention related to psychiatric disorders. Students learn about the application of select theoretical frameworks in providing therapies to youth and families with psychiatric/mental health issues. The DSM-IV-TR is the tool used to provide learning related to diagnoses, and in addition, the use of psychopharmacology is often an added intervention in this clinical setting. Students desiring to pursue a license in clinical social work are encouraged to apply. Grant writing knowledge and skills also a plus.

Agency Hours:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Training Required:
Training hours include approximately 40-50 hours of on-campus training. Students are encouraged to complete their training prior to the first official day of internship, so as to avoid conflict with educational/class schedules.