ECFA offers a limited number of internships to students who are in a Master’s level program in Social Work.
ECFA’s Intact Family Services program is designed to help parents address the issue(s) that brought their family to the attention of DCFS. ECFA provides intensive home-based services to families living in DuPage County, who are referred to the program by DCFS. ECFA is responsible for monitoring the home, the safety and well-being of the children, the progress made by parents in specific services they are referred to by ECFA and/or DCFS, assessing the parents on a regular basis, making appropriate referrals for both parents and children, and determining when families are ready to have their cases closed.
Families are referred to ECFA for a variety of reasons including but not limited to: physical abuse, substance abuse, risk of harm, sexual abuse and environmental neglect.
ECFA works with families from various socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
An internship in the Intact Family Services program is designed to expose individuals to families who are involved with DCFS and the case management that is involved in helping parents keep their families intact.
The objectives of the internship program are:
- To learn about private agencies as well as DCFS and how they function together and separately to meet the needs of families
- To learn how to work with individuals, families, as well as communities and organizations
- To increase knowledge of how to work with families through the stages of Engagement, Assessment, Service Planning and Implementation, Evaluation and Termination
- To learn a variety of roles such as facilitator, planner, teacher, educator and case manager
- To learn how to best help parents learn how to meet the basic needs of their family in a healthy and positive manner and how to stop the cycle of abuse and/or neglect
- To increase knowledge of how to work with families from a variety cultural and economical backgrounds
- To learn how to appropriately use supervision and consultation
- To gain an understanding of the DCFS procedures for intact families
Interns will accomplish the above objectives through a combination of the following means:
- Meet with the Director of ECFA
- Read through and discuss with supervisor various manuals/procedures used by the program
- Assist workers on weekly home visits
- Meet weekly with supervisor
- Carry a case load of 1-2 families and conduct all the tasks expected of a caseworker: assess the families, obtain social history information, create service plan, write treatment summaries, make appropriate referrals and monitor progress in services, visit each family and meet with the children individually during visits, conduct family meetings, etc.
- Attend Intact Family Services Team meetings and at least one agency wide staff meeting
- Provide education to parents: teach basic parenting skills and child development, teach about how to make healthy relationship decisions, teach about domestic violence prevention, etc.
- Participate in case consultations
- Help supervisor with tasks such as creating resource directories, a training manual, and other materials
If you are interested in the Intact Familiy Services Master’s Level Internship, please contact Brigid Luke, Intact Family Services Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.