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Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies (CARS)

Internship Opportunities

Each intern has a unique job description and will work in one or more programs, as assigned. CARS has developed an intern training program that ensures interns are given hands-on experience with clients with regular supervision. All aspects of UTA’s learning contract are specifically addressed to ensure each intern develops competencies in all areas. CARS accepts BSW, Foundation and Advanced Graduate interns with concentrations in Children and Families, Mental Health / Substance Abuse and Community and Administrative Practice (CAP). This experiential internship opportunity prepares future graduates for excellence in social work services and professionalism.

There is a 10-hour mandatory orientation the week prior to each semester. A regular work schedule will be made for each intern. Supervision is on Friday mornings, which is a required day. All students are trained in evidenced-based services, trauma-informed care, and motivational interviewing. Only split semester interns are accepted.

Field placement students will be able to participate in a variety of direct service and administrative tasks:

  • Undergraduate Intern opportunities may include facilitating groups and presentation for the MAVS 4 Youth prevention program for at-risk children and youth in schools and community centers; participating in home visits to clients, leading developmental activities with younger children of recovering parents; learning and implementing engagement skills including motivational interviewing techniques; and proving community education on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Standardized measures will be administered and evidenced-based prevention programs will be delivered. Students may be assigned special projects.
  • Foundation Intern opportunities may include outreach activities; facilitating instructional groups; conducting home visits; performing case management; and learning and implementing engagement skills including motivational interviewing techniques. Standardized measures will be administered and evidenced-based interventions will be delivered. A macro project will be completed. Students may be assigned special projects.
  • Advanced-Graduate Direct Practice Intern opportunities include completing psychosocial histories and assessments; developing individualized service plans and implementing the interventions identified; and conducting clinical case management utilizing motivational interviewing.
    • Direct Practice in Children and Families may also facilitate psycho-educational parenting-in-recovery groups; facilitate interactive educational groups for at-risk youth and caregivers; conduct home visits; provide therapy for children who have experienced trauma; and assess family functioning.
    • Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse may also facilitate psycho-educational parenting-in-recovery groups; facilitate suicide prevention groups; conduct mental health and substance abuse screenings and diagnosis; and provide individual, family or group therapy.
  • Advanced-Graduate CAP Intern opportunities incudes working with the Research Associate or Center Coordinator to learn on-going program development and evaluation. A CAP placement provides opportunities to complete research for grant preparation, proposal writing, program planning and implementation, interagency collaboration, attendance at community coalition and community networking meetings, report preparation, and assistance with other program administrative activities. Researching current literature on mental health and substance abuse issues and community needs assessments will be conducted.

Special Considerations

Students are required to attend mandatory orientation sessions and training sessions on the evidenced-based curriculum. Students need to be prepared to pass a criminal background check and drug screen. It is possible for someone with a positive criminal history to work in some areas, but CARS needs to be informed of any criminal record during the interview process.

Students will work at the CARS office, located at 6363 Forest Park Road, Bass Level A226. Regular office hours are 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday; 8:30 AM –12:30 PM Friday; 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Saturday, but there may be other special events at other hours. There are specific hours scheduled for each program, with a set number of interns required for each shift. Interns must commit to a regular intern training schedule and once accepted and committed, must schedule other work and class schedules around the intern schedule. Vacation or time off, other than for emergencies, is not allowed during the semester.

Students need to arrange for personal transportation to and from work, and some other duties such as home visits, case management services, services in the schools and community, and outreach services. Reimbursement for work-related local travel is available. Parking is available at no charge, but you must register your vehicle.

All interns must be attend orientation the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the start date of each semester. This is required for both semesters of a split placement. All interns are required to attend group training and supervision every Friday morning from 8:30 – 12:30. Interns must be able to work a consistent schedule, assigned by CARS.