Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC)
OCC is a multi-purpose neighborhood resource center serving residents in the southern section of Carol Stream. OCC provides a wide range of community services including: casework, counseling, summer and afterschool programs, tutoring, mentoring, and community development.
Older Adults Program
The Older Adults program serves adults ages 60 and over by providing supportive services and activities to meet physical, educational, emotional, social and spiritual needs. The Mood and Memory Clinic conducts assessments and treatment for older adults in need of psychological services. Casework services assist clients by directly providing or connecting clients to resources. Social activities help facilitate connection and provide an outlet for social needs.
The intern will assist with the Mood and Memory Clinic by conducting psychological assessments, creating treatment intervention plans, conducting group and individual therapy, completing research on various aspects of the program, aiding in program development and participating in a multidisciplinary team. The intern will carry a caseload of clients and will become familiar with community resources and programs to aid clients with the primary goal of remaining independent as long as possible. The intern will also assist with and have the opportunity to implement social activities for the wider older adult community.
The intern will receive experience in the over-all working of a Christian, community-based social service ministry and will also gain a deeper understanding of successful aging and some of the challenges confronting older adults like poverty, health issues, depression, memory loss, and grief/loss. Weekly on-going training will be provided on these topics.
Psy. D or MA/MSW student in social work, psychology or a related field. Previous experience with older adults or training in geropsychology and neuropsychology are strongly preferred. Preference will be given to interns who are able and willing to transport clients. Outreach seeks interns that demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of low-income and diverse populations who also support OCM’s Statement of Mission & Faith.
This internship is for 10-12 months during the academic year. Hours per week can be negotiated based on academic program requirements.
Individual LCSW supervision provided weekly. Weekly group supervision in a multidisciplinary team, case presentations, and clinical training on issues related to older adults are also provided. Clinical training is provided by Dr. Ben Pyykkonen, Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Shalina Wozny | www.outreachcommunityministries.org