It's that time of the year — time to submit applications for Menninger's Social Work Fellowship. The deadline for the postgraduate fellowship is January 31.
The fellowship places 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 adult inpatients at The Menninger Clinic.
Fellowships are for one year with the possibility of an advanced second-year fellowship.
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.