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Assessments that Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Interns Engage in

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Assessments that Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Interns Engage in

Students pursuing social work degrees must go through internships in preparation for their future careers. A social work internship refers to a professional program offered to students that are about to graduate in social work by organizations. It is also offered to degree holders looking to have field experience. Social work internships often focus on entry-level tasks that mirror the actual duties of a job and are meant to prepare students for more advanced roles and responsibilities. Depending on their line of work, social work interns are often involved in various assessments. For instance, social work interns are expected to assist in carrying out psychosocial assessments. This entails evaluating family strengths, anticipating family problems, and helping colleagues develop and implement creative solutions. Additionally, social work interns are expected to collaborate with the treatment team, including other clinical social workers, nurses, physicians, and rehabilitation counselors, in designing treatment plans for the patients (Shea, 2019). Moreover, social work interns are also required to assist with mental health assessments. Interns have the mandate to manage caseloads both independently and with the help of other people. More specifically, social interns can help manage and provide mental health treatment to families with children with developmental issues and disabilities.

Furthermore, social work interns can also help with group therapy assessments. They can work with adolescents that are in custody as a result of emotional or behavioral problems. In this regard, interns can independently conduct multiple groups and individual therapy sessions in a week. Additionally, social workers can be of service to the community by providing outpatient services. This includes connecting Veterans to homemaker services, home health services and other outpatient community resources. Worth noting, in collaboration with other social workers, social work interns can help co-facilitate Dialectical Behavior Therapy( DBT) and sex offender treatment for adult groups. In executing these duties, interns acquire new skills and hone already existing ones. Internship placement allows students to observe, document, and study the performance of their colleagues and professionals in that sector. Other duties required of social work interns include drafting agendas, case management, and evaluating client needs and treatment options. Students must complete the required milestones of their practicum as it is the only way that can be used to analyze their experience.


Shea, S. E. (2019). Reflective supervision for social work field instructors: Lessons learned from infant mental health. Clinical Social Work Journal, 47(1), 61-71.