Are you in the process of growing your behavioral health practice but can't afford to hire additional staffing? Have you ever considered utilizing an intern? If not, then this article is for you! Partnering with local universities in your area can help you gain access to quality behavioral health interns who can add value to your practice without the cost of salary and benefits. In addition to the cost savings, interns also bring innovative evidence-based approaches, best practices and fresh ideas from current national curriculums.
7 key benefits of utilizing interns:
- Interns generally have high energy and the motivation to get complete important but often unfinished projects.
- Interns are open and eager to learn.
- Interns can potentially turn into future employees of your practice.
- Interns don't add to your overhead costs.
- Interns can share your caseload under your supervision.
- Interns can provide free services to clients who could not otherwise afford necessary services such as:
- Facilitate groups
- Advocate for clients and policy change
- Conduct intakes
- Provide counseling
- Work on grant proposals
- Provide substance abuse counseling
- Community outreach
- Develop needs assessments for agencies
- Analyze how policy impacts service
- Deliver culturally sensitive services
- Focus on special projects
- Improve service delivery
7. Interns can share information about your practice with the campus community, creating a pipeline of future talent and/or referrals.
Ultimately, utilizing an intern can help save cost and bring value to your practice. Consider partnering with UNC-Charlotte to
host a social work intern during the academic school year by contacting Dr. Ticola Ross, Director of Field Education at
firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call her at (704) 687-7932.
About the Author:
Monica Akerele is a native of Charlotte, NC and currently a Graduate Assistant for the Provider 360 collaborative with UNCC and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. She has over 12 years of business management and supervisory experience gained while working in the Corporate sector. She left the corporate world to pursue her passion of a career in Social Work.