Social Work Field Placement

Field Education Opportunity

The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University provides an opportunity for second year MSW students at Boston University’s School of Social Work seeking an advanced field education placement in mental health.  The mission of the Danielsen Institute is to alleviate suffering and to promote healing, growth, and change in the persons, communities, and institutions that we serve through research, training, and direct clinical service.  The Danielsen Institute Clinic is a multidisciplinary outpatient mental health clinic licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Our clinical services, including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy, attend to all dimensions of a client’s personhood including spirituality and religious faith should the client so desire.

Our clinical staff is skilled in providing psychotherapeutic care for issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationships, work-related problems, trauma, abuse, grief, and religious or spiritual concerns.

The primary theoretical orientation of the clinic is psychodynamic – including developmental, object relations, self and relational theories – but staff also draw in substantive ways from systems theory, multicultural perspectives, religious/spiritual resources, cognitive psychology and biological science.  The training model emphasizes critical, collaborative reflection upon clinical activities and attention to personal formation in addition to knowledge and skill development.  Social Work interns and post-graduate fellows will be asked to reflect upon their personal history and identity as relevant to their professional growth and their capacity to engage issues of identity and diversity.

Sept. 1, 2017-May 1, 2018                         24 hour/week internship

The ideal candidate for our fellowship would have demonstrated interests and readiness for engaging in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in working with existential/spiritual/religious issues in psychotherapy.

Requirements for Prospective Candidates:

Please complete application found here, and be sure to include the following information:

1)      CV

2)      2 Letters of Recommendation, including one from a supervisor.

3)      Copy of first year’s mid-year field education evaluation

4)      Transcripts

5)   A statement describing your interest and readiness to explore spiritual, religious, theological, or existential issues in clinical practice

Date of Application: by January 20, 2017

Please send application materials to:

Christopher O’Rourke, LICSW
Director of Practicum Training & Continuing Education
The Danielsen Institute at Boston University
185 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Tel: 617-353-3855

Email: corourke@bu.edu.