Internships at Family Shelter Service
Our population varies greatly, but is predominantly women & children both in our residences & in the broader community whose lives have been touched by abuse. Many of our clients’ situations are complicated by issues of safety, legal proceedings, homelessness, race & cultural diversity, physical & mental disabilities, & addictions.
Interns providing direct service begin their training with our 48-Hour Domestic Violence Training class. In addition, the orientation process includes information sessions & visits to all of our different programs. Then interns are offered a multitude of learning experiences. Possible internship placements include answering the hotline, crisis intervention, case management sessions, community advocacy, young childrens groups, and counseling. Counseling opportunities include individual & family counseling, co-facilitating psycho-educational & support groups, & employment guidance. Community advocacy includes assisting with Orders of Protection, outreach to victims of incidents reported to the police, public awareness fairs & speaking events, and community task forces.
Interns that do not provide direct service usually follow a similar training path, however completion of our 48-Hour Domestic Violence Training class is NOT required to begin functioning in their position. Possible internship placements include assisting our Development Department or assisting our Direct Services Leadership.
NOTE: At Family Shelter Service, due to the nature of domestic violence work, there are very few (if any) opportunities to participate in these types of activities:
- traditional family & couples counseling,
- Certified career counseling,,
- administration & interpretation of formal psychological tests,
- formal DSM diagnosis of clients (symptom classification may happen informally to assist in developing service plans & interventions)
- Enrollment in an academic program with good standing.
- Completion of our 48-Hour Domestic Violence Training class.
- Social Skills – flexible, emotionally & socially mature, able to function in a team.
- Participation in all supervision sessions & meetings as required.
- Working less than 24 hours per week outside of the internship.
- Is comfortable with basic computer skills, using the internet, & MS Office products.
- Has transportation to all of our facilities which are in DuPage county.
- Spanish-Speaking skills are highly preferred.
Training Philosophy & Supervision for Direct Service Positions
We at Family Shelter Service believe in a team approach to all that we do. First of all, we have a team of clinical supervisors & service mentors that oversee the professional development of all of our direct service interns. Secondly, our program trains 6-14 interns from a variety of schools to expose students & employees to different approaches & fresh perspectives. Supervision includes individual sessions, licensed-staff facilitated peer supervision groups, consultation for group facilitators, case presentations, topic discussions, & in-service sessions. As an agency we have embraced the Sanctuary Model and the Transtheoretical Model of Change. However, our team approach is flexible enough to accommodate different theoretical perspectives include aspects of cognitive-behavioral, family systems, strategic, psychodynamic, solution focused, Adlerian, and Rogerian. Family Shelter also seeks to promote an organizational culture of collaboration across disciplines, mutual respect, healthy conflict resolution, & self-care.