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Position Description:
Position Title: Older Adult Mental Health Services Intern (unpaid internship)
 
Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Health Care Agency
Behavioral Health Services
Adult Mental Health Services
Older Adult Services

Older Adult Services (OAS) provides direct consumer services in the community at the client’s residence or other location where the individual feels comfortable. MSW and MA Counseling/Psychology interns work directly with clients and must provide their own transportation to clients’ homes. Undergraduate and MSG students schedule hours in our Santa Ana office, and their duties are primarily administrative and community resource/organization focused.
 
Functions of Agency/Department:
OAS serves independent living older adults who have unmet health care needs or who are experiencing behavioral health problems such as depression, mental illness, cognitive disorder and substance abuse that interferes with day-to-day functioning and places the person at risk of hospitalization. Clients are typically unable or unwilling to seek treatment from traditional service providers. Services include in-home assessments, crisis intervention, education, problem solution counseling, linkages to community and health services and programs, and consultation. Family members and community service providers are encouraged to call OAS and consult with the clinician on duty concerning individuals who may be experiencing problems related to aging and behavior. OAS staff also work with various community organizations and service providers to improve the mental health of older adults living in Orange County. In addition, OAS provides educational opportunities to health care and senior service professionals that focus on issues related to mental health and aging. OAS sponsors and contributes to numerous workshops, which offer continuing education units to licensed clinicians and to the general public. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.ochealthinfo.com/behavioral/amhs/olderadult.htm.
 
Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Major responsibilities vary with the needs and abilities of the student and school requirements. Under supervision, MSW and MA graduate students in an accredited academic program may work directly or indirectly with clients, conduct research, participate in community organization/education and/or program development/administration responsibilities. Undergraduate students and MSG interns typically provide administrative support.
 
Educational Requirements:
Current good standing in an accredited Masters program in Gerontology, Social Work, Counseling or Psychology, preferably in a second-year standing. Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of three years of course work in human behavior, with some hours focused on either abnormal behavior or gerontology will be considered.

OAS staff who are available for intern supervision include Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pharmacist, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners, Marriage Family Therapists and Service Chiefs.

Previous interns include college seniors working on BA or BS degrees in Human Service fields, as well as BSW, MSW, MSG and Ph.D. students. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students in human service fields, including Psychology, Social Work and Gerontology, and graduate students in Gerontology, Social Work and Counseling.
 
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Students must demonstrate a desire to work with older adults in a human services arena. Formal or informal training and experience working with older adults is required.
 
Training and Supervision Provided by Agency/Department:
The actual training and supervision provided by OAS will depend upon the needs of the student, school requirements and the ability and availability of staff to provide training and supervision. Interested students are encouraged to contact Daniel Conditt, LCSW, at 714.972.3700 or dconditt@ochca.com for more specific information. Only MSW and MA Counseling/Psychology interns are assigned to work directly with clients and do so under the direct supervision of their field instructor.
 
Time Commitment:
Minimum commitment of one full semester. Minimum hours are as follows: 4 hours per week for undergraduates, 8 hours per week for MSG interns, and 16 hours per week for MSW interns and MA Counseling interns. Hours may be scheduled Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Benefits Available to Intern:
OAS is a unique program within Orange County and throughout the state. OAS staff are leaders and experts in the field of older adult mental health. In addition, they are committed to the teaching and training of students in assessing, evaluating and providing services to community-dwelling, functionally-impaired older adults. OAS works with ancillary agencies and utilizes community resources in providing students with an introduction to the challenging and growing field of older adult mental health.
 
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