Get Involved: Internships

Foundation, Advanced, and Undergraduate.

Mission of the Dickerson Children's
Advocacy Center Intern Program

The Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) holds a commitment to the education of collegiate students in the field of child maltreatment. The DCAC accomplishes this through experiential learning and one-on-one supervision with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions in providing comprehensive assessment and treatment services to children who have experienced maltreatment and their non-offending caregivers. Through this process students will gain the foundation for acquiring the competencies necessary to become self-reliant and productive professionals with baseline knowledge and skills in the field of child maltreatment.

Purpose of the Internship Program

To become familiar with non-profit organizations and victim services, as well as gain experience and knowledge in child maltreatment services conducted within a continuum of care.

Undergraduate Intern Learning Outcomes

Be familiar with policies and procedures for the DCAC and have an understanding of the overall community response to child maltreatment. Be familier with non-profit organization goverence and operation. Be familiar with direct service components of victim advocacy, forensic evaluation, case management and tracking crisis response and treatment through a continuum of care program. Begin to develop his/her own personal client interaction style and philosply. Be able to further develop his/her interpersonal communication and administrative skills. Participate in at least one macro experience through the grant management program, special event planning, operations management (policies, budgeting, etc.), prevention education, training/workshop development to be able to understand DCAC administrative/operations functions. Be able to provide supervision and direct activities with children present in the agency. Gain skill in the use of trauma stewardship strategies in order to implement a long-term approach to self-care for overall well-being in providing trauma-informed intervention.

Foundation Year Learning Outcomes

Be familiar with policies and procedures for the DCAC and have an understanding of the overall community response to child maltreatment. Be familier with non-profit organization goverence and operation. Be familiar with direct service components of victim advocacy, forensic evaluation, case management and tracking crisis response and treatment through a continuum of care program. Be able to conduct assessments for child and adult clients as well as create a plan of treatment services. Be able to provide crisis counseling, psyhco-education within the crisis response program. Begin to develop his/her own personal client interaction style and philisophy. Be able to further develop his/her interpersonal communication and administrative skills. Participate in at least one macro experience through the grant management program, special event planning, operations management (policies, budgeting, etc.), prevention education, training/workshop development to be able to understand DCAC administrative/operations functions. Participate in at least one agency conducted staffing, multi-disciplinary team meeting, and training/workshop to be able to understand clinical interaction and supervision, as well as group/community psychodynamics and collaboratoin. Be able to implement counseling and/or advocacy skills and techniques at an introductory level of practice. Gain skill in the use of trauma stewardship strategies in order to implement a long-term approach to self-care for overall well-being in providing trauma-informed intervention.

Advanced Year Learning Outcomes

Be familiar with policies and procedures for the DCAC and have an understanding of the overall community response to child maltreatment. Be familier with non-profit organization goverence and operation. Be familiar with direct service components of victim advocacy, forensic evaluation, case management and tracking crisis response and treatment through a continuum of care program. Be able to conduct assessments for child and adult clients as well as create a plan of treatment services. Be able to provide crisis counseling, psyhco-education within the crisis response program. Begin to develop his/her own personal client interaction style and philisophy. Be able to further develop his/her interpersonal communication and administrative skills. Participate in at least one macro experience through the grant management program, special event planning, operations management (policies, budgeting, etc.), prevention education, training/workshop development to be able to understand DCAC administrative/operations functions. Participate in at least one agency conducted staffing, multi-disciplinary team meeting, and training/workshop to be able to understand clinical interaction and supervision, as well as group/community psychodynamics and collaboratoin. Be able to implement counseling and/or advocacy skills and techniques at an introductory level of practice. Gain skill in the use of trauma stewardship strategies in order to implement a long-term approach to self-care for overall well-being in providing trauma-informed intervention.