Clinical Social Work Training

We are integrally involved in the teaching mission of the Department of Psychiatry providing teaching, supervision and collaborative team experience to Child Psychiatry Fellows and Post-Doctoral Psychology Interns.

Social Work Post Grad Training

The Social Work Post Graduate Program provides a 1 - 2 year post Masters graduate training with extensive clinical experience, supervision and educational opportunities in clinical social work while working towards full licensure.

For 2023 training year, we are anticipating 7 positions : 

  • 6 Fellowship positions in the Ambulatory Psychiatry Program:  
    • 2 within Child/Adolescent Services
    • 3 within Adult Services – one of these positions is identified as a 2-year commitment to training in our Adult Anxiety Disorders Clinic
    • 1 position within our Addiction Treatment Services (adolescent through adult)
  • 1 Fellowship position in Adult Palliative Care Program 

Philosophy of Training

The Clinical Social Work Post Graduate Training Program is a leading program through which trainees attain strong clinical skills and obtain licensure. We are committed to providing cutting-edge clinical training, challenging work, and dynamic experiences at the interface of science and practice. Fellows have opportunities to work closely with faculty, staff, and trainees from a variety of disciplines in order to best facilitate both personal growth and professional development.


Our postgraduate training program aims to prepare each Fellow to meet the challenges and embrace the exciting opportunities for the delivery of social work services and advancement of knowledge in our field.

Program Design

Fellowship Term: Our postgraduate training program is generally a two-year program.  Appointments are made initially for one year, with a second year re-appointment being at the discretion of the Department, Section, and Fellow of interest.  Appointments extend from January 1st to December 31st.

Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours/week

Expectations of Fellows:

  • Develop a personal program of self-directed study and professional growth with guidance from the teaching staff

  • Teach and mentor other Fellows, interns, and students as assigned or required

  • Adhere to the established practices, procedures, and policies of the institution as well as published ethical and service standards of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

  • Participate on one or more of the outpatient interdisciplinary teams for 6 months to 1 year intervals. Fellows select their team based on their clinical interest and our availability.

  • Obtain state licensure and adhere to state licensing laws and regulations

  • Conduct clinical diagnostic evaluations and provide evidence-based psychosocial treatments for clients in an outpatient setting (Palliative is inpatient).

  • Participate in additional training seminars and individualized educational experiences and research

Components of Core Curriculum:

Grand Rounds/Invited Lectures

Weekly attendance at Grand Rounds/Invited Lectures in the Department of Psychiatry is highly recommended.  These provide current, state-of-the-art presentations and discussions of research finding and clinical controversies in the field as a whole. Fellows have the option of presenting at Grand Rounds.


Each postgraduate Fellow will participate in or more formal didactics or seminar series in their area of specialization.  This will be determined by the Fellow and his/her Clinical Supervisor. Some possibilities include the following:

  • CBT Mentorship for Anxiety

  • CBT Mentorship for Depression

  • Couples Mentorship

  • DBT Mentorship

  • IPT Mentorship

  • MI Mentorship

  • Group Psychotherapy (DBT, CBT, Social Skills, etc.)

  • Child Psychotherapy Training Clinics:

  • Parent Management Training

  • CBT


  • Trauma and Grief

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of a Masters of Social Work degree at an CSWE-accredited institution

  • US Citizenship required


  • For the 2022 Fellowship year, first year Fellows received $42,000, and second year Fellows received $46,000. The stipend amount is reviewed annually – amount for 2023 under review.

  • Medical benefits

  • 20 days paid time off per year

For More Information

For more details, and a Q&A with current Fellows, join us via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022; 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Meeting ID: 941 9087 2835
Passcode: 773545
Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) / +1 309 205 3325 US
If you need alternate dial-in locations, please email Melissa Webser, LMSW

For other questions:

How to Apply

(adolescent through adult)