Masters in Social Work Field Placement in Advanced Clinical Interviewing and Brief Mental Health Interventions

Masters in Social Work Field Placement in Advanced Clinical Interviewing and Brief Mental Health Interventions


The Behavioral Mental Health (BMH) Core Service Area in the Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is offering a 9-month, 24-hour per week, 2nd-year social work field placement in advanced clinical interviewing and brief mental health interventions, beginning September 1, 2015.  The FSAP provides no-cost employee assistance services to the 26,000+ employees of Emory University and Emory Healthcare, as well as to their immediate household family members and same-sex domestic partners.  Core BMH services include a 90-minute comprehensive mental health assessment by standard clinical interview and up to 6 subsequent sessions of short-term treatment.  Additional services include crisis intervention, case management psychiatric consultation, career counseling and time-limited group interventions.  The BMH team is staffed by an interdisciplinary group of 5 licensed psychologists, 3 clinical social workers, 1 licensed professional counselor and a consulting psychiatrist.  The team also includes a psychiatry resident from The Emory School of Medicine, a psychology pre-doctoral practicum student and a post-doctoral fellow.

Client Population

The FSAP serves a diverse population along the dimensions of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational and organizational status, sexual orientation and occupation.  Emory University (EU) consists of 9 Colleges and Schools, including two undergraduate liberal arts colleges and seven professional schools, including the Emory School of Medicine.  Clients from EU include faculty, administrators, faculty physicians, maintenance and support staff, medical residents and research laboratory staff.  Among other entities, Emory Healthcare (EHC) includes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Children’s Center, The Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates, and the Wesley Woods Center.  Clients from EHC include nurses, laboratory technicians, support and maintenance staff, allied health professionals and health administrators. 

Training Sequence and Objectives

During the first week, students attend a 2-day orientation to the program, meet with a primary clinical social work supervisor for individual supervision, and attend the weekly 2-hour clinical case conference.  In the case conference, senior staff and trainees alike discuss their clinical work on an ongoing basis and are obliged to present one formal case and one didactic presentation on a topic of interest over the course of the year.  In week 2, students begin our weekly didactic series which will cover topics on Employee Assistance Program practices, clinical interviewing, substance abuse assessment and treatment, and short-term psychotherapy.  Objectives of training include: The enhancement of knowledge and skills in clinical interviewing of a diverse adult clinical population across the range of psychopathology; development of knowledge and skills in substance abuse assessment and brief treatment; development of skills in short-term psychotherapy and capacity for integrating solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and systems elements in brief treatment; and development of knowledge and skills in the Core Technology of Employee Assistance practices.  


Students are expected to complete 4 clinical interviews weekly and to carry at least 2 short-term therapy cases. Opportunities for additional cases depend on progress over the course of the practicum year.  Attendance and participation in weekly supervision, case conference and seminar series is also expected.  Students are required to be at the Program on Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM and will otherwise design their schedule in accordance with the FSAP Director of Behavioral Mental Health and Outreach. 

For further information, contact The Coordinator of Clinical Training, Dr. Gordon Tuttle at  Applicants should indicate interest by e-mail and attach a current CV.  Interviews occur in February and offers are extended on or before the third week in March.  This field placement is not appropriate for 1st-year students.