A Win-Win: Utilizing Interns to Support You Agency while Training Future Grief Professionals

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Presentation Description

The students of today will soon become your employees and colleagues of tomorrow. Interns can provide a critical resource for agencies to enhance current efforts, grow, and develop new strategies; they also provide a way for your agency to develop competent professionals and “pay it forward”. Join us for this collaborative session to explore ways to capitalize on the energy, creativity, and passion of student interns. Explore ways to deepen academic partnerships, recruit students, and develop robust training and supervision strategies to ensure a win-win for agencies and students alike. Whether you are just getting started or have been supervising students for years, everyone is welcome to join this conversation. Brought to you by two interns-turned-employees, now working as agency and university professionals, and one of their former practicum students!


At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Implement strategies to recruit academic partners and student interns
2. Assess agency’s capacity, strengths, and needs for student interns
3. Integrate best practices for training and supervising student interns

 About the Presenters


Cathy began her professional journey as an undergraduate student completing her practicum at Ted E. Bear Hollow (now Grief’s Journey) while pursuing her BSW at Creighton University. She was eventually hired by the agency and served as the Program Director and Director of Operations for over 8 years, supervising numerous interns and practicum students during that time. In 2018, Cathy transitioned to her current role as Assistant Professor and Field Education Coordinator for the Social Work Program at Creighton, where she collaborates with community agencies to place and supervise practicum students. Student development is a passion of hers, and her transition from practicum student to agency supervisor to university professional brings a unique perspective to agencies wanting to strengthen their internship programs.

Erin Spalding, LCSW-S, is the Program Director of The Christi Center, a non-profit grief support center in Austin, Texas. She has over 12 years of clinical experience supporting grieving kids, teens, and adults, while developing programs to strengthen the community’s capacity to serve all those in grief. She has grown the internship program to incorporate 8-10 interns per year and has supervised over 90 clinical interns from ten different schools. Erin is also an adjunct professor at the UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work, teaching Group Intervention, Grief and Loss: Individual, Family and Cultural Perspectives and Grief Counseling classes.

Jennifer Wiles, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT is the Director of Children’s Services for Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home in Wayland, MA. She is the director of Camp Erin Boston and HEARTplay, a bereavement program for children, teens and young adults of all abilities in the greater Boston area Her current work focuses on Expanding the Language of Grief, which strives to make bereavement support available to those who are marginalized with limited access to services. Jennifer is a board-certified dance movement therapist/licensed mental health counselor and is on the adjunct faculty of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences where she also serves as a clinical site supervisor.