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Psychosocial Support Intern

United States

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United States

Psychosocial Support Intern

  • Country: USA
  • Organization: IRC 
  • Deadline: N/A
  • No of Vacancies: N/A


  • Meet with individuals and families in the community or virtually to conduct needs assessments
  • Assist with support group session planning and arrangement as well as co-facilitation.
  • Prepare an appropriate plan of action with clearly identified goals and activities
  • Under supervision,engageinevidencedbasedpsychoeducationandskillbuilding activities
  • Refer clients to community resources or to specialists as necessary and other case management duties.
  • Provides follow up with clients for continued care coordination.
  • Document activities through case notes and data entry
  • Collaborate with supervisor or TS staff to provide crisis assessment
  • Assist with evaluation of current program services and explore ways to introduce new service opportunities
  • Attend IRC trainings and conference calls addressing mental health program development and other refugee mental health and psychosocial support related topics
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients’ treatment.
  • Attend individual supervision.
  • Drive clients using your own vehicle when needed (if school allows).
  • Work in both a standard office environment and community-based environment.
  • Other duties, as required

LEARNING OUTCOMES: This internship  provides psychosocial support, group facilitation, case management and care coordination experience in a community agency setting. Under direction of a supervisor, interns get practice in cross-cultural group facilitation, psychosocial support, assessment, outreach, resource provision, documentation, in-service training, and data collection.

  • Knowledge of the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage; nationality; socioeconomic status; family structure; age; gender; sexual orientation; religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical and mental status and equity issues in a community social work setting.
  • Understand the roles of community social workers and the relationship between social workers and other professionals in a community agency setting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal considerations specifically related to the practice of community social work and engage in appropriate ethical behavior.
  • Understand and demonstrate basic and advanced helping skills with a variety of clients with diverse presenting problems and trauma.
  • Understanding of how to apply appropriate individual and group facilitation skills for initiating, maintaining, and terminating services.
  • General principles of assessment and an understanding of symptoms to look for when conducting an intake for psychosocial support.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of intervention(s) provided.
  • Prepare and maintain records required.
  • Learn to use individual supervision effectively


  • Ability to obtain an AZ Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Bachelor’s or master’s level focus on counseling, social work, or education is strongly encouraged but is not a limiting factor for candidates
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical team, clients, and staff.
  • Experience with vulnerable populations preferred, in particular psychological trauma due to war, displacement, violence, and persecution.
  • Desire to work with an ethnically diverse international population in innovative ways.
  • Demonstrate cultural humility and an understanding of trauma-informed care.
  • Ability to work effectively with partners, colleagues, and clients in a cross-cultural, team based environment.
  • Ability to present oneself in an appropriately personable and professional manner to clients and staff.
  • Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant.
  • Ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback regarding performance, presentation and relationships with others.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Proficiency in a second language spoken by the client base strongly preferred but not required.
  • A positive attitude and a desire to learn and adapt traditional clinical skills to meet the needs of a diverse client base.
  • A vehicle, current driver’s license and valid insurance.


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