Employer: Crisis and Counseling Centers
Internship Number: 452
Internship Title: Residential Care Worker Internship
Location: Augusta, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Term – Spring, Summer or Fall
Compensation: Yes
 Description of the Internship:
Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) is a private, nonprofit social service agency licensed by the State of Maine as a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility. Our Mission is to develop and deliver effective solutions to the diverse behavioral health needs of our community in a professional and respectful manner.

Many of C&C’s clinicians are trained in both mental health and substance abuse treatment, and we also provide treatment for co-occurring disorders. The agency’s clinical services are located in central Maine (in Augusta and at satellite offices in Waterville and Skowhegan), and our parent support program, G.E.A.R. Parent Network, serves parents throughout the state.

We offer the following programs:
• 24 hour Emergency Crisis response and aftercare services to all of Kennebec and Somerset counties in Maine
• G.E.A.R. Parent Network services – free one-on-one phone support, support groups and workshops offered on a statewide basis to parents of children with behavioral health needs
• Integrated Correctional Health Services on-site at area correctional facilities and community-based jail diversion services
• Medication Management to assist those with mental health disorders and to support clients’ recovery from addiction
• Outpatient/Intensive Outpatient treatment of mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in Augusta and Skowhegan

For more information about the Crisis and Counseling Centers programs and services, visit our website at:  http://www.crisisandcounseling.org/

General Responsibilities:
The Residential Crisis Worker is a staff position, that can be used as an internship.

Residential Crisis Workers support clients who are in a crisis and placed in one of our short term crisis stabilization units (CSU).  Crisis and Counseling operates Adult CSU’s in Waterville and Augusta, and a Children’s (ages 6 – 17) CSU in Winslow.  CSU’s are a 1-7 day stay, voluntary program for clients who are not suitable for an inpatient psychiatric admit but also not ready to return to their own home or community setting due to mental health symptom management or safety concerns.

Interns/staff in these facilities are trained to handle client services from admission through to discharge, including treatment planning and group facilitation and risk assessment. The focus is to assist clients with coping skills, crisis management, and safety in order for them to be able to return to their community.  Staff will be certified as a MHRT I and be provided training in Medication Administration (CRMA), CPR/First Aid and physical intervention and de-escalation.

Interns are administratively supervised by bachelor level MHRT C staff, but will be clinically supervised by LCSW staff.  Due to the  level of training provided the ideal intern will be able to stay on as staff after internship is over or have their internship stretched over two semesters.  It is preferred that interns in this position work 16 or more hours per week.  CSU is a 24 hour facility and has shifts on day, evening and overnight as well as weekend so hours are flexible!

Qualifications:

Prefer students majoring in psychology or rehabilitative services, with an interest in human services, mental health, substance abuse, and/or social work.

Application Process:
 Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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