Exposure to ECFA’s functioning as an agency:

  • Meet individually with other program supervisors for general orientation to each program
  • Review the Standards of Services as set by the Council on Accreditation
  • Review DCFS licensing requirements for foster and adoptive homes
  • Observe juvenile court procedures for child abuse and/or neglect cases
  • To provide the student with an understanding of the structure and functioning of a faith-based social service agency

Education in the Pregnancy Support Program:

  • Review PSS Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Integrate current research related to issues in pregnancy counseling and adoption
  • Attend PSS team meetings and joint meetings with the Adoption Program
  • Identify community referrals and resources for birth parents
  • Participate in clinical consultations regarding client and program issues

Clinical Experience in Pregnancy Support Services:

  • Apply psychotherapeutic interventions during sessions with clients, including individuals, couples, and families
  • Provide case management, referrals, and advocacy according to client’s needs
  • Develop and implement psychoeducational materials (examples may include healthy pregnancy behaviors, self-care activities, post-partum depression, and openness in adoption)
  • Coordinate outreach and marketing opportunities to the community
  • Receive weekly supervision from an LCSW

Opportunity to attend agency-sponsored functions (i.e., in-services, workshops, fund-raising events)

Opportunity to attend community sponsored meetings and seminars (e.g., DuPage County, Community Connections, etc)

If you are interested in the Pregnancy Support Services’ Master’s Level Internship, please contact Krista Raatjes, Supervisor, at 630-653-6400.