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Child Welfare: Child, Youth, and Families: Description & Internships

This guide supports the curriculum for the field of practice specialization "Child Welfare: Child, Youth, and Families" at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Field of Practice Specializations Handbook

Description from FOP Handbook (Excerpt)

".... the CWCYF FOP is designed for students interested in working in public and/or private child
welfare agencies; or children, youth, and family organizations in direct service and supervisory and
administrative capacities as well as organizing on behalf of all children, youth, and families for
access, social justice, and equality. It prepares social workers to provide a broad range of services to individuals, groups, and families in all phases of the family life cycle. Family and individual
counseling, parent education and engagement, and the full spectrum of child welfare services are
emphasized in this specialization. Students who elect a CWCYF FOP develop a plan of study which
includes a field practicum in a placement related to children, youth, and family services."

Interships (From FOP Handbook)

"Students complete their field instruction in approved field settings that specialize in working with
the issues of children, youth, and families. Environments may include public agencies that specialize in working with individuals, families, and groups; community-based centers; agencies that are privately and/or publicly funded; agencies that combine direct service with policy work; child
guidance clinics; preventive services programs; school-based programs; family therapy programs;
health/mental health (medical/psychiatric) centers; group care and residential treatment centers;
multiple or neighborhood service centers; day care programs; family court; and children’s or
parents’ rights groups. Field practicum settings have a primary orientation towards providing
services to children and adolescents in biological families, foster kinship, or adoptive families; group home settings; homeless or displaced families; immigrant or refugee families; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans families; and families with serious health and mental health problems, including child sexual abuse or substance abuse."