What's a day in the life of a Forensic Social Work Intern at Lawyers for Children like?

What's a day in the life of a Forensic Social Work Intern at Lawyers for Children like?
2018-11-01T14:02:08Z 2
2018-11-01T14:02:08Z

Former Forensic Social Work Intern at Lawyers for Children

almost 2 years ago
As an intern, you have a professional social worker supervisor, but also work with other social work interns, law students, and attorneys. Most days varied with a lot of different activities and felt pretty busy.
In the mornings, I would go to my desk in the intern room, check and respond to any emails, follow-up on any phone calls, and finish leftover work from yesterday. I would then check in with my supervisor to talk about the plan for the day.
Sometimes I would go to court visits with my supervisor in the morning. We would walk to the courthouse, meet up with our clients and their parents, and talk to them before going into the courtroom.
Some days we had client interviews, where the supervisor led the interview, but I could talk with the clients and take notes. Other days, we would have home visits or field visits where I talked with clients and took notes. These visits occurred in homes, foster homes, hospitals, shelters, psychiatric facilities, etc.
In my downtime, I was given a project to work on - so I could spend time doing research for the project.
The interns also all had trainings and meetings together throughout the summer. We would have trainings about different areas/specialities of social work and the laws surrounding them (LGBTQ, incarcerated youth, mental health, etc.) We also watched movies relating to certain issues and talked about them.
2018-11-01T14:02:08Z

Former Forensic Social Work Intern at Lawyers for Children

almost 2 years ago
When I was an intern there during the summer of 2016, a good chunk of my time there was spent in a computer room with the other social work and legal interns (the former of whom were undergrads like me and the latter of whom were in law school). We'd read about the organization, the work LFC conducted, and, later on, client case files, and we'd schedule calls/meetings, call foster homes for updates on our clients, and type up notes/debriefs. LFC also did a great job at organizing presentations and information sessions throughout the summer for interns to attend; the presentations were led by staff including attorneys and social workers.

Some days, I'd also have an appointment or meeting, which varied from meeting with an LFC-represented child in the office to a trip to family court down the street (where my supervising social worker and I would meet with an LFC-represented child for a family team conference, a service plan review, or a permanency hearing) to a house visit (I went with my supervisor to an LFC-represented child's home in Washington Heights) to a Residential Treatment Center (we visited a client in an RTC in Westchester).
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