Social Work Internships

Director of Social Work Internships: David E. Koch, Ph.D, LCSW-R

Masters’ Level Internships:

WAWI provides psychoanalytically-oriented therapy training to social work students. The internship is designed to comply with the requirements of all master’s degree programs and to provide supervisory experience that is connected to the supervisory requirements of each school of social work. Like our similar program for doctoral candidates, we provide a robust training experience, at the psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy program.

Schools of social work refer promising candidates who are interviewed at WAWI by senior supervisors. All supervisors in this program will have certification as supervisors of psychotherapy at the Institute and by the certification required by each participating school. Individually scheduled supervision sessions are provided by supervisors of psychotherapy at the institute or at the offices of the supervisors.

Weekly training sessions (and supervision sessions) run for 25 weeks from September 12, 2022, to April 28, 2022 in five 5-week modules. Modules are comprised of:
• Beginnings of Treatment
• The Process of Interpersonal/Relational Psychotherapy
• The Psychotherapeutic Relationship
• Listening for Defensive material and Repetitive Relational Patterns
• The Process of Termination

Training modules are conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Mondays 9:30 to 12:30 Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Though not guaranteed, interested interns have an opportunity to take on a case of a teen
or child with a dedicated clinical supervisor

Tuesdays 10:00 to 3:00 Processes in Adult Psychotherapy

10:00 to 11:30 Clinic-wide meeting.
11:45 to 1:00 Intake Seminar
1:00 to 2:00 Case Conference
2:00 to 3:00 Social Work Didactic Training

Doctoral Social Work Supervision Program:


Students admitted to the Smith College Doctoral Program in Social Work have the opportunity to apply to a two-year psychodynamic internship at the WAWI. In this program, Institute-oriented clinical training combined with two hours of supervision is provided. Interested individuals can contact the Institute for more information on the admission process. Call David E. Koch, Ph.D., LCSW-R at 917-501-1198

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