ABOUT THE COLORADO “I HAVE A DREAM” FOUNDATION
Founded in 1988, Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation (CIHAD), educates and empowers youth to achieve their greatest dreams by leveling the playing field to opportunities. CIHAD helps to close the educational gap by providing individualized social, emotional, and academic support to youth in under-resourced communities. By leveraging proven methods accounting for the whole child and by giving youth equal access to the resources they need to succeed, they can see more possibilities, ignite their innate potential, and attain their dreams. CIHAD removes barriers to academic success from kindergarten to career through a comprehensive support model focused on four key components:
▪ Mental Health and Social Emotional Support
▪ Extended Learning Programs
▪ Workforce Development and Post-Secondary Support
▪ Family and Community Engagement
ABOUT THE POSITION
Working alongside youth and families in the southwest and far northeast of Denver, CIHAD interns will work with the social-emotional and mental health program whose mission is to empower the whole child to reach their full potential by nurturing their social and emotional wellbeing. We dream of a world where all children have the tools to thrive and we do this through connection, advocacy, and dignity. Our treatment methods use a holistic approach to enhance the development of social-emotional learning and therapeutic practices are able to consider the whole person and therefore are able to meet each child’s unique and individualized needs. We are committed that each student who receives our services will go from surviving to thriving. We emphasize the use of best practice methods for social and emotional learning and therapeutic interventions rooted in trauma-informed care to create an avenue to improve overall success in the classroom from kindergarten through early adulthood, at home, in the community, and beyond. We believe that it is vital for the success of the program that we form a trusting relationship with each student and their families as well as the other stakeholders who support them.
The internship program is divided into two parts. The first is the Social and Emotional Learning Track which will be available to first-year graduate students in the field of social work or bachelor level social work students. The second is the Behavioral Health Track and will be available to second-year graduate students in the field of social work or graduate students in the field of counseling.
This field placement satisfies the requirements for the Latinos/as Certificate (MSW). Interns will have the opportunity to interact with youth and their families in Spanish. This field placement satisfies requirements for the Children & Youth: Risks and Healthy Development concentration. Interns will work with students one-on-one, in small groups, and in after-school programming to support resiliency and empowerment development. The interns within the program report to the Director of Clinical Services.
Social and Emotional Learning Track-
The intern will:
● Participate in the educational opportunities to families and caregivers on developmentally appropriate milestones - specifically in the area of healthy expression of emotions and needs.
● Secure resources to address food insecurity, housing, medical needs, etc.
● Manage a small caseload of children between the grades of kindergarten - fifth.
● Provide 1:1 and small group sessions addressing social and emotional skills via a curriculum.
● Participate in case conceptualization with the larger team
Behavioral Health Track -
The intern will:
● Manage a small caseload of children between grades six through post-college.
● Work alongside the youth and their families providing therapeutic services using the methods of play-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral (among others, if necessary) all with a strengths-based perspective and a trauma-informed approach.
● Facilitate small therapeutic groups for youth and families enrolled in CIHAD program
● Establishing relationships and working cooperatively as a team member with the community and CIHAD colleagues
● Participating in CIHAD all-staff training, meetings, and events
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
● Enrolled in Master program in social work or counseling
● Minimum of beginner level knowledge on child development and behavior
● Experience working with youth from a diverse and underrepresented background
● Understanding of systems
● 2nd Year students must have at least one year of experience working in a clinical setting in order to participate in Behavioral Health track. Consideration will be given to 2nd-year interns who would like to participate in the Social and Emotional Learning track.
● Unwavering belief that all students can be successful
● Record of accomplishment contributing to an organizational culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion
● Strong team player
● Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders
● Great communication skills (written, verbal, non-verbal)
● Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish highly preferred
Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and the ability to perform a job without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, marital status, age, national origin, creed, ancestry, genetic information, legally protected medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment, or bias based upon these grounds.
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