Wesley Family Services hosts both undergraduate and graduate students for clinical, administrative, and COSA opportunities.
Our agency was formed when two of the largest providers of mental and behavioral health services, Wesley Spectrum and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, merged on July 1, 2017. Our organization is growing in Western Pennsylvania and we have internship opportunities for caring and knowledgeable people who are pursuing their education!
Wesley Family Services is committed to providing internship opportunities in a dynamic work environment that is positive and rewarding; a setting where growth, equality, teamwork and safety, combined with compassionate and creative staff who are passionate about inspiring others to reach their personal goals, are the means to meet the goals of our mission.
Mission: To Empower Children, Adults and Families by Providing Transformational Care
Locations: Various offices throughout Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. See individual Program and Service pages for locations of specific programs.
Please review the placements listed below. Once you have decided which placement(s) best fit your needs, please email Sandra Lafe at Sandra.Lafe@wfspa.org with the following information:
- Cover Letter
- Number of hours you need to complete
- Hours in which you will be available
- Term(s) for which you are applying
- Placements you are interested
Adult Diversion and Stabilization (DAS)
Description: Adult Diversion and Stabilization provides direct care services for individuals who are experiencing immediate crises related to psychiatric emergencies. Individuals undergo a short-term stay with an average of 7-14 days. While at DAS, they work on stabilization, medication regimen, and discharge planning. Interns work with direct care staff assisting individuals to complete their goals.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree students majoring in psychology, social work, or related field. I to 2 interns per semester.
Location: Tarentum, PA
Clearances: PA Act 33/34 and FBI. Valid PA Driver’s License required.
Adult Acute Partial Hospitalization Program
Description: The Adult Acute Partial Hospital Program is a goal-focused, time-limited, intensive treatment program for adults aged 18-and-over with many different types of psychiatric problems, provided in a group setting. These may include affective disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and thought disorders as well as other psychiatric conditions that severely impact an individual’s ability to function daily.
The program is short-term (approximately 3-8weeks) and helps adults avoid inpatient hospitalization or to continue with intensive psychiatric treatment following an inpatient stay. By attending the program during the day, the individual is able to maintain his/her independence by remaining at home and in the community with natural supports. Treatment is provided by Master level therapists and psychiatrists.
Treatment options available through the adult acute partial hospitalization program include: psychiatric evaluation/medication management, assessment, group therapy and brief individual intervention with family sessions as needed, as well as crisis intervention. Weekly treatment teams are held with psychiatrists, service coordinators, hospital liaison, supportive living, and partial staff to coordinate services and psychiatric care. The program also utilizes Trauma-Informed Care utilizing the Sanctuary Model. The purpose of the model is to create a trauma sensitive environment that encourages participants to develop healthy communication and positive decision making skills while living an emotionally intelligent, non-violent and socially responsible life.
As interns advance in their internship, they will be allowed to complete documentation in the electronic records system and learn about referrals, assessments, outcomes, treatment plans, and discharge planning.
Requirements: 1-4 interns per semester. Terms offered: fall, spring, summer. (Practicum students are considered but must be willing to commit to an Internship I placement; this is a two semester commitment.)
Education: Masters of Psychology, Social Work Direct Care, or Counseling in progress
Location: New Kensington
Clearances: Act 33/34, FBI, Physical
Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, Re-entry Community Support
Description: Interns will be immersed in all aspects of correctional policies and linkages to community resources for individuals post-release from county jail. Purpose of program is to assist clients to create natural supports in their own communities and ultimately reduce recidivism. Interns will gain experience working closely with ACJ Re-entry Community Service Coordinators, Courts, Probation Officers, and community providers.
Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s level in Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology or Social Work.
Location: East Liberty Office, Allegheny County Jail, Allegheny County community
Clearances: Act 33/34 clearances, FBI clearance, and Jail Security Clearance
Allegheny County APPRISE Program
Description: APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program. It provides free counseling to help individuals understand their health care options, especially within Medicare. Interns will receive a minimum of 30 hours classroom training. This training will provide interns with a proficient level of understanding of Medicare, Medicaid and other various health benefit programs. It will also provide interns with effective counseling skills that will enable them to appropriately identify and resolve client issues. After training, interns will be able to assist clients with in-depth counseling in Medicare/Medicaid/other health benefit programs and help clients effectively access and utilize the available health care benefit programs.
Education: Graduate degree in Law, Pharmacy, or Social Work in progress
Location: East Liberty
Batterer’s Intervention Program
Description: FSWP provides Batterers’ Intervention Programming in the Allegheny Jail. The evidence-based Duluth Model Batterers’ Intervention curriculum is used. Primarily court-ordered men attend this 24 session psychoeducational classroom training while incarcerated at the ACJ. Class is offered in 2 cohorts: Monday and Wednesday in the morning and Tuesday and Thursday in the afternoon. Assessments are conducted for all enrollees. Data is compiled, entered, and analyzed to illustrate attendance, knowledge gain, change in behavior and attitudes, outcomes, and customer satisfaction.
Education: Interns in Bachelor’s level programs in social work, counseling, women’s studies, or criminology are welcome to apply.
Location: East Liberty and Allegheny County Jail
Clearances: Act 33 and 34 and FBI
Child & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization
Description: The Child & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization program is a multidisciplinary, intensive psychiatric treatment program for children 5 to 18 years of age. The goal of the program is to identify problems preventing a child or adolescent from functioning successfully in school, at home, and within the community, address the problems in these areas, and assist in building skills that will improve transition back into the community and school environment. Internships last for two to three semesters and include experience in individual, family and group therapies, as well as practice working on a multi-disciplinary team.
Education: Master’s degree students with a concentration in social work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling
Location: Natrona Heights, PA
Clearances: Act 33/34, FBI
Community Outreach through Resources and Education (CORE)
The CORE program offers services to help individuals aged 16-24 transition into adulthood and establish independence. CORE works to support and promote hope and independence, assisting individuals in developing their full potential so they can become an asset to their community.
Interns will get the opportunity to learn, hands on, in a recovery-oriented and strengths-based setting. They will work with transitional age individuals living with a mental illness in the community and their homes. Activities may include: curriculum writing, group skills instruction, group facilitation, progress note entry, and assisting individuals with meeting their goals (employment, housing, education, life skills) while in the community.
Education: The program primarily accepts bachelor’s level students in human services, social work, rehabilitation, psychology or other related fields.
Location: 211 Huff Avenue, Greensburg, PA
Clearances: Act 33/34, FBI
Community Treatment Team/Assertive Community Treatment Team
Description: An internship for ACT (Assertive Community Treatment Team)/CTT (Community Treatment Team) is offered for Master’s level students. We have Master’s level supervisors, including licensed clinicians. The program offers mobile (in the community) services to clients with persistent mental illness. Interns will get a broad education of case management, therapy, and the medication management of the client in the environment in which he/she resides. The goal of ACT/CTT is to help the consumer maintain stability and independence in the community. The supervisors are also available to provide administrative mentoring for the intern if they are interested in an internship which is more administrative than clinical. We will accept applicants from local universities close to our teams in Westmoreland or Allegheny County as we have two teams (Greensburg and Pittsburgh). This would be an ideal placement for a psychology, counseling, or social work student Students must commit to 2 terms.
Education: Master’s degree students in psychology, social work, counseling for two-term commitment
Location: East Liberty (CTT) / Greensburg (ACT)
Clearances: Act 33/34 and FBI
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services
Description: The drug and alcohol program at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania is a licensed outpatient treatment project that serves individuals who are at least 13 years old and who are suffering from substance abuse or substance dependence as well as co-occurring mental health issues. The office gives high priority to: (1) pregnant intravenous drug users. (2) Pregnant substance abusers, and (3) intravenous drug users. The program’s goals are for participants to achieve sobriety, to become stabilized from mental illness, and to develop the skills necessary to maintain a self-directed recovery program.
The intern would participate in the day-to-day activities of professionals in the field. The intern would obtain direct and indirect counseling hours by working with the drug and alcohol department in the Center for Integrated Care.
Education: Masters’ degree students from social work, psychology, and/or counseling programs are welcome.
Location: 201 Corbet St, Tarentum, PA 15084
Clearances: Act 33/34, FBI
Description: Families Outside provides trips to State Correctional Institutions so that family members, including children and seniors, can visit their loved ones. Interns are assigned to assisting with mailings, distribution of fliers, making telephone calls to past participants, and setting-up/breaking down special events. In addition they also assist with the scheduling, booking, and trip planning, as well as the development and implementation of an educational/informational component for Families Outside.
Education: Bachelor or master’s social work student in COSA or with an interest in criminal justice
Location: East Liberty
Clearances: ACT 33/34 and FBI
Family Based Behavioral Health Services are designed to prevent psychiatric hospitalization and other out-of-home placements for children and adolescents up to 21 years of age with emotional and behavioral problems. Our goal is to keep families together in their homes and their communities and to keep families as primary caregivers. We focus on the family as a whole and not individuals with emphasis on families developing self-reliance.
Families take an active role in treatment assessment, planning, and implementation. Services are designed to be least restrictive, time-limited, and culturally competent. Services are provided in home or in the community and are adapted to accommodate the schedules of family members.
By empowering families to use their strengths and skills and by showing them how to use their natural support systems, families can make positive, long-lasting changes which will improve the quality of their lives.
Education: Master’s students in social work, psychology, counseling; 2-term commitment required.
- Westmoreland County: Greensburg
- Allegheny County: Tarentum
Clearances: Act 33/34 and FBI
In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh
In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh (ISOSP) is a volunteer-based program that provides non-medical assistance free of charge for Allegheny County’s elderly population in order to enhance their independence and quality of life. ISOSP has flexible opportunities for interns interested in non-clinical experiences. Examples of internship opportunities with ISOSP include:
- Assisting program staff members with participant enrollment. Involves learning how to do phone-based screenings, conduct in-home interviews, and make referrals to other services.
- Assisting program staff members with program outreach. Involves giving presentations in the community as well as assisting with development and implementation of volunteer recruitment strategies, special event planning, and communications (newsletter, social media, etc).
- Self-directed special projects. We are happy to work with highly motivated, self-directed interns who would like to work with program staff members to develop a small pilot project, program evaluation, or other activity.
Location: Based in East Liberty, may involve travel throughout Allegheny County
Education: Undergraduate or graduate student of any discipline. Interest in working with older adults is necessary. Note that ISOSP only offers non-clinical internship experiences
Clearances: Act 33/34. Valid driving license and access to personal vehicle preferred.
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Residential and Vocational
Interns will assist with recruitment sessions when hiring new staff for the department. After the recruitment sessions, intern would assist with the orientation/training process. Intern would assist with all of the paperwork involved with each process. Intern may attend meetings and trainings when working with the direct care staff at the group homes. The intern may also assist with the completion of the Medication Administration courses to new employees as well as staff that need retrained.
Education: Bachelor’s or master’s students
Location: RIDC Park, O’Hara Township
Clearances: Act 33/34
Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation
At Family Services, we recognize that a key element of rehabilitation and recovery for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness is experiencing a valued role in the community and obtaining/using the power to make choices about one’s life. Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a recovery-focused program where adult individuals are trained in the skills necessary to gain back a valued life role. Through skill-building groups, individuals work towards building a skill set and resource network that will help them get back to work, school, socializing, or to obtain new/better housing. Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation is founded on the principles of individual choice and active involvement of individuals in their rehabilitation.
An intern with the Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation program will have the opportunity to:
- Build professional relationships
- Monitor an individual’s progress in recovery
- Lead/co-lead psycho-educational groups
- Develop curriculum
- Complete daily documentation
Education: Bachelor’s Level student in a human services field of study.
Location: New Kensington, PA
Clearances: Act 33/34; Physical; TB test
OPTIONS Care Management
Interns in the Options program will be working with older adults and their caregivers in order to support aging at home. Interns will complete an in-home functional needs assessment and participate in Individual Service Plan development. They will have the opportunity to shadow Care Managers on home visits. Interns will be required to participate in the same training programs as other employees or Care Managers. They will have the opportunity to participate in surveys and data collection efforts and be part of different agency meetings and committees.
Location: Northco, RIDC Park, O’Hara Township
Education: 3-4 interns per semester working on their bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work, psychology, or human service-related fields. Must have an interest in geriatrics.
Clearances: Act 33/34and FBI
Outpatient Mental Health Counseling
The Outpatient MH Counseling program provides therapy to individuals, (adults, adolescents, and children), families and couples in school and office settings. This service is offered to those seeking a safe and supportive environment to work through problems, emotional and behavioral issues, and life stressors. The goal of treatment is to assist those seeking services to develop positive coping skills through the use of evidence based treatment to manage relationship, emotional, and behavioral issues and to cope with psychosocial stressors of life, such as divorce, grief and loss, or problems at home, work or school. Interns should be in their final internship and seeking placement for a year (2 terms). Interns will gain experience direct hours by providing individual, group, family, and couples/marriage therapy. The intern will participate in indirect daily tasks of professionals in the field and gain professional development. Interns should be highly motivated and able to work well independently and as part of a team. Also some experience in the counseling and the social work field is helpful.
Education: Master’s or doctoral students in the fields of Education, Social Work, Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Limited to one intern per year (2-term commitment).
Location: New Kensington and Tarentum
Clearances: Act 33/34 and FBI
ParentWISE Bee Kind Program
Bee Kind is a positive social skill development program for children. Interns will work with the Bee Kind Coordinator. They will have the opportunity to present the Bee Kind program in early care and elementary school settings. Interns will also be required to help with scheduling and material preparation.
Education: Bachelor’s level student in a human services field of study.
Clearances: Act 33/34, FBI
Site-based Psychosocial Rehabilitation
At Family Services, we recognize that a key element of rehabilitation and recovery for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness is experiencing a valued role in the community and obtaining/using the power to make choices about one’s life. The PSR Program is a recovery-focused program where adult individuals are given the necessary skills needed to gain back a valued life role. Through psychoeducational skill building groups, individuals work towards building a skill set and resource network that will help them get back to work, back to school, back to socializing, or obtain new/ better housing. Psychosocial rehabilitation is founded on the principles of individual choice and the active involvement of individuals in their rehabilitation.
An intern with the PSR Program will have the opportunity to:
- Build professional relationships with the individuals
- Monitor an individual’s progress towards recovery
- Lead/co-lead psychoeducational groups
- Curriculum development
- Complete daily documentation
Location: Central City Plaza, New Kensington, PA
Education: Interns must be bachelor’s or master’s level students in a human services-related field of study. The program accepts 1 – 2 interns per semester: fall, spring, and summer.
Clearances: ACT 33/34
Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is administered by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education and operates in every middle school, high school and many elementary schools across the Commonwealth. The program is designed to assist school personnel in identifying problems students may be having that pose a barrier to their learning success. The SAP team is trained to identify problems and make recommendations to students and parents, and uses techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning, both academic and social. These barriers may include: alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, or mental health concerns. Students are referred to a behavioral health liaison who is part of the SAP team and is qualified to screen students to make recommendations for further services or interventions. Liaison services include: consultation to parents, teachers and students, screenings, recommendations to community agencies and resources for parents and schools, in-school support for students, educational and prevention groups, crisis intervention services, community events to increase awareness and post-intervention services. Family Services provides liaison services to 46 schools (K-12) in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.
Location: New Kensington, various assigned schools. SAP is only a 10 month position.
Education: Master’s Degree students in a human services field.
Clearances: Act 33/34, FBI, drug testing.
The Supportive Living (SL) program provides community-based services to persons in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties with a history of serious and persistent mental illness so they can attain and maintain successful independent community living. The SL program operates under a recovery model with focus on maximizing individual independence in the community setting of their choice by teaching skills and developing supports needed to achieve individual life goals.
Family Services recognizes that there are several key elements of rehabilitation and recovery for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness including:
- Becoming integrated into their community through education, competitive work and structured living skills;
- Developing independent living skills
- Successfully managing symptoms and medications
- Developing personal health and hygiene skills.
These experiences are essential to the cognitive and behavioral change that underpins the recovery process and integration into the community.Basic to this is an individual’s ability to reach a state of interdependence and independence. The SL program’s emphasis is on skill teaching, goal setting, active recovery planning, and stresses an individual’s preference and availability. Our model includes a planned format of assessing an individual’s functioning in several life domains, rehabilitation goal planning and skill teaching to produce the desired outcomes consistent with a person’s cultural environment. Also inherent to the SL program are the principles of individual choice and the active involvement of individuals in their own recovery.
An Intern with Supportive Living will learn how to engage an individual seeking services, assess their needs, and assist them with in skill building. Interns will be given an overview of program, agency and community. This includes Assessments of Functionality, completing Individualized Service Plans, and daily documentation. Activities may include:
- Housing/Tenant responsibilities (including housing investigation)
- Functional skill training (daily living skills, financial management, bus training, social skills)
- Community integration
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation
- Healthcare management (medication compliance, symptom management, coordination of medical, therapeutic and day program needs)
- Linkage to vocational/educational options and interests
- Information on Public Assistance benefits and resources.
During your time as an intern, you will not be left alone. Staff will be there to provide direction and assistance.
Location: Based in Tarentum, PA
Education: Bachelor’s level students
Clearances: Driver’s License (this is a mobile service), Act 33/34, FBI