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Are you ready to take the next step in your social work career and make a profound impact on the lives of those who have bravely served our community? Awaken Wellness Center invites you to join our MSW Residency Program, designed for graduates with a clinical master’s degree in social work who are passionate about supporting military personnel, veterans, first responders, and their families.

Our residency program offers an unparalleled opportunity to work alongside experienced clinicians, gaining hands-on experience and working towards your clinical license. At the heart of our practice is a commitment to serving those who serve, providing best-in-class services to support and heal our heroes and their families.

Hands-On Experience:

Strengthening relationships through the unique challenges of military life, fostering communication and connection.

Mentorship and Supervision:

Receive personalized guidance from experts passionate about your growth and development in the field of behavioral health.

Comprehensive Skill Development:

Enhance your clinical skills through targeted training sessions, workshops, and real-world practice in evidence-based treatments, assessments, and interventions.

Professional Networking:

Connect with a community of social work professionals dedicated to military and first responder well-being, expanding your professional network and career opportunities.

Pathway to Licensure:

Receive dedicated support and resources to navigate the licensure process, setting you on the path to becoming a licensed clinical social worker.

Our program is meticulously designed to cover all facets of clinical social work, including:

  • Biopsychosocial and suicide risk assessments
  • Evidence-Based Treatments like CBT and Motivational Interviewing
  • Group and individual therapy facilitation
  • Understanding of Military, Military Families, Veteran and First Responder culture and the therapeutic relationship
  • Assessment and Intervention skills for trauma, abuse, neglect, and intimate partner violence
  • Interprofessional collaboration and community engagement

We welcome all those interested in the mission of Awaken Wellness Center to apply for our residency program.

Professional liability insurance for social workers, also known as malpractice insurance, is a type of insurance designed to protect social workers from claims of negligence, errors, or omissions that occur in the course of their professional duties. This insurance covers legal costs and any settlements or judgments that may arise from lawsuits filed by clients or other parties.

Key Features:

  • Coverage for Legal Defense Costs: This includes attorney fees, court costs, and other legal expenses incurred during the defense against a claim, even if the claim is groundless.
  • Indemnity Payments: If the social worker is found liable, the insurance can cover the cost of settlements or judgments awarded to the claimant.
  • Errors and Omissions: Protection against claims of mistakes or failures to perform professional duties adequately.
  • Negligence Claims: Covers claims that the social worker’s actions, or lack thereof, resulted in harm to a client.
  • Confidentiality Breaches: Protection against claims related to the accidental release of confidential information.
  • Professional Misconduct: Includes claims of unethical behavior or professional misconduct.

Importance:

  • Financial Protection: Helps prevent significant financial loss due to legal claims.
  • Professional Requirement: In many jurisdictions, having professional liability insurance is a requirement for licensing.
  • Peace of Mind: Provides social workers with the confidence to perform their duties without fear of personal financial liability.

Having professional liability insurance is crucial for social workers to protect their careers and personal assets from potential legal actions related to their professional practice.

Yes, we offer paid compensation to those who are seeking resident counselor positions within Awaken Wellness Center.

Yes, clinical supervision is provided as part of your work as a resident counselor. As an MSW we can provide supervision to those seeing clients in the State of Virginia and West Virginia. You do not have to reside in the State but you must see clients virtually or in person or in a hybrid model in order to be in compliance with State license requirements. If you are seeking a license outside of a LCSW/LICSW then you need to check the State board requirements for the number of hours you can pursue under the supervision of an LCSW/LICSW.

We currently offer resident counselor positions to those seeking their clinical license in the States of Virginia and West Virginia. However, you can reside anywhere to pursue your license in the State of Virginia or West Virginia as long as you are only seeing clients in the State where the client resides. You may conduct sessions virtually, in person or in a hybrid model.

We currently offer resident counselor positions to those seeking their clinical license in the States of Virginia and West Virginia. However, you can reside anywhere to pursue your license in the State of Virginia as long as you are only seeing clients in the State of Virginia. You will need to complete the Virginia Supervision or West Virginia paperwork for licensure and supervision prior to starting your residency. The board of social work for both States are included below.

Virginia Board of Social Work-
https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/SocialWork/ApplicantResources/

West Virginia Board of Social Work
https://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/License-Types

  1. Educational Requirements:
    • Obtain a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program.
  2. Supervised Experience:
    • Accumulate supervised clinical social work experience. This typically involves completing a certain number of hours under the supervision of a licensed social worker.
    • In Virginia, supervisees must complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised post-MSW clinical experience over a period of no less than two years.
    • Of these hours, 1,380 must be in face-to-face client contact, and 100 hours must be under the direct supervision of a qualified supervisor.
  3. Supervision Requirements:
    • Supervision must be provided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with at least two years of experience post-licensure.
    • Supervisors should provide guidance, feedback, and support to help supervisees develop their clinical skills.
    • Supervisors and supervisees must meet at least one hour per week or two hours every other week.
  4. Application for Supervision:
    • Before starting supervised experience, supervisees must submit a Supervision Approval Application to the Virginia Board of Social Work.
    • This application includes details about the proposed supervision, including the supervisor’s qualifications and the supervision plan.
  5. Documentation:
    • Maintain accurate records of supervised experience, including dates, hours, and nature of the clinical work performed.
    • Supervisors must provide regular evaluations of the supervisee’s performance.
  6. Examination:
    • After completing the supervised experience, supervisees must pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).
  7. Licensure Application:
    • Submit an application for licensure to the Virginia Board of Social Work, including proof of supervised experience, examination results, and other required documentation.
  8. Ethical and Professional Conduct:
    • Adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and the regulations set forth by the Virginia Board of Social Work.
  9. Regular Reviews: The Virginia Board of Social Work periodically reviews and updates its regulations, so it’s essential to stay informed about any changes.
  10. Continuing Education: Once licensed, social workers must complete continuing education to maintain their licensure.
  11. Renewal: Licenses must be renewed every two years, with continuing education requirements completed during each renewal period.

For more detailed information and specific forms, supervisees can visit the Virginia Board of Social Work’s official website or contact them directly. https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/SocialWork/ApplicantResources/

In West Virginia, clinical social work supervision is a structured process designed to ensure that candidates for licensure as Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) receive the necessary guidance, support, and evaluation from qualified supervisors. Here are the key aspects of how clinical social work supervision works in West Virginia:

  1. Educational Prerequisites:
    • Obtain a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program.
  2. Supervised Clinical Experience:
    • Accumulate a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-MSW clinical social work experience.
    • These hours must be completed over a period of at least two years and must include direct client contact.
  3. Supervision Hours:
    • A minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision is required during the period of supervised clinical experience.
    • At least 60 of these hours must be individual supervision, while the remaining 40 hours can be in group supervision settings.
  4. Supervision Frequency:
    • Supervision must be regular and ongoing, with at least one hour of supervision provided for every 30 hours of direct client contact.
  5. Supervisor Qualifications:
    • Supervisors must be Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) with at least two years of post-licensure experience.
    • Supervisors must have completed specific training in supervision approved by the West Virginia Board of Social Work.
  6. Supervision Content:
    • Supervision should cover a range of topics, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, and ethical and professional issues.
    • Supervisors provide feedback, guidance, and support to help supervisees develop their clinical skills and professional competence.

Application for Supervision:

  • Before starting the supervised clinical experience, candidates must submit a Supervision Plan to the West Virginia Board of Social Work.
  • This plan should outline the proposed supervision arrangements, including the supervisor’s qualifications and the specific goals of supervision.

Documentation:

  • Supervisees must maintain accurate records of their supervised experience, including the dates and hours of supervision, the nature of the clinical work performed, and the topics discussed during supervision sessions.
  • Supervisors must regularly evaluate the supervisee’s progress and provide written evaluations to the West Virginia Board of Social Work.

Completion of Supervision:

  • Once the supervised clinical experience and supervision hours are completed, supervisees must obtain a final evaluation from their supervisor.
  • The final evaluation, along with documentation of the supervised experience, must be submitted to the West Virginia Board of Social Work as part of the application for licensure.

Examination:

  • Supervisees must pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to be eligible for LICSW licensure in West Virginia.

Ethical Practice: Supervisees must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and the regulations set forth by the West Virginia Board of Social Work throughout their supervised experience.

Continuing Education: Licensed social workers in West Virginia are required to complete continuing education to maintain their licensure and stay updated with professional standards and practices.

Renewal: Licenses must be renewed periodically, with specific continuing education requirements to be met during each renewal period.

For detailed information and specific forms, candidates can visit the West Virginia Board of Social Work’s official website or contact them directly. https://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/License-Types

We will accept resident counselors pursuing other clinical licensure for those seeing clients in the State of Virginia and you would need to verify with the Virginia Board the number of hours approved for supervision and/or be certain to have a clinical supervisor outside of Awaken Wellness Center to provide those supervision hours.

Working at Awaken Wellness Center during my residency as a psychotherapist was an incredibly enriching experience as I worked toward obtaining my clinical license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). They provided a seamless transition as I left the military and began working with the military and first responder community.

Each client brought their unique challenges, backgrounds, and experiences to the table, which challenged me to adapt my therapeutic approach to meet their individual needs. This diversity not only expanded my clinical skills but also broadened my understanding of the complexities of human behavior and mental health.

Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of working toward my clinical license at Awaken Wellness Center was the sense of fulfillment from seeing my clients progress and thrive. Being able to play a role in their journey toward healing and growth was incredibly gratifying and reinforced my passion for this field.

My experience at Awaken Wellness Center was incredibly positive and instrumental in shaping me into the clinician I am today. I am beyond thankful to Katherine and the team at Awaken for such a positive experience. It gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence I needed to pursue my career as a licensed clinical social worker with compassion, competence, and dedication.

Joshua R. (Veteran)

I had the fortunate opportunity to grow as a clinician with Katherine from 2021 to 2022. Katherine showed me consistent and reliable support as I navigated my first case load outside of grad school. The most valuable part of weekly supervision was how she discussed cases and empowered me to use my clinical judgment. It was clear that she trusted my insight as a clinician and genuinely wanted to see me trust my intuition. She has a keen eye for her supervisee’s strengths and creatively guides discussion to foster growth and confidence. This provided me with skills I use every day in my current position as a Partial Hospitalization Program therapist. Daily, I interact with a multidisciplinary team consisting of nurses, doctors, and case managers to create treatment plans for individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Through Katherine I learned to provide case analysis and treatment suggestions with confidence. Katherine has a plethora of skills that she has polished in various fields of social work with diverse populations. Under her guidance, I had the opportunity to provide assessments for first responders, research best practices and treatment for individuals with substance use disorders, and even learn the clerical side of running a private practice. I count it a blessing to have the opportunity to learn from Katherine. I am poised to say that many of the skills my colleagues and supervisors attribute to me are the skills I have learned from my time with Katherine. Her gentle approach and unconditional positive regard are traits that I have learned to emulate in my practice today. I value my time with her and I am excited to one day pay it forward to someone else.

Vanessa O. ( Military Spouse)

Completing my MSW residency program at Awaken Wellness was vital to growing as a clinician that specialized in veterans, military, and first responders. I was able to form connections with community leaders that opened pathways to additional opportunities. Katherine continues to be a resource and is someone I can depend on if I have a question or provide a connection within the community.

Amanda M.

Joining our MSW Residency Program means more than just advancing your career; it’s about becoming part of a mission-driven community dedicated to healing and supporting those who’ve given so much for our freedom and safety. Whether you’re a veteran, military spouse, first responder, or a dedicated professional eager to give back, we offer a nurturing environment where your skills can flourish and make a real difference.

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding journey that blends professional development with meaningful service? Apply to the MSW Residency Program at Awaken Wellness Center today and turn your passion for helping others into a fulfilling career. Together, we can empower you to make an enduring impact on the lives of our military and first responder communities.

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