Bachelor of Social Work Practicum Site Roster

Child Welfare

Benchmark Family Services, Lexington, KY

Benchmark Family Services is a private, non-profit agency providing therapeutic alternative care and programs for at-risk youth.  Benchmark is proactively addressing the issue of generational abuse and neglect in our communities and works in harmony with local public agencies to resolve these issues.  Children in care need intensive education alternatives, outlets for self-expression, counseling, recreation and independent living skills.  Foster families can be the stabilizing influence in a troubled child's life providing the love, nurturing, and support that he or she has been denied.  The Benchmark staff works together to serve children and provide support to families. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lexington, KY

Big Brothers Big Sisters exists to create and support relationships that provide consistent, positive, one-to-one interaction between a single-parent child and an adult volunteer who will be an advisor and friend on the journey from childhood to adulthood. Students will be allowed to experience all aspects of a not for profit agency from fundraising to case management.  The staff has specific job functions so the students shadow various staff.  .  We tend to provide more direct service to families as well as recruit in the Fall with fundraising and grant writing in the Spring.

Child Protective Services (Abuse and Neglect investigations). In this outstanding practicum students go with case workers on home visits and visits to schools to investigate allegations of abuse/neglect and to check on client progress in complying with requirements mandated by courts. SENIORS ONLY

Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass  Lexington, KY. After a disclosure of sexual abuse by a child, the family is forced to deal with many stressful issues.  An advocate at the Center is available to aid the family during this time.  Some activities may include but are not limited to: answering questions, educating the family on how the legal system works, and providing crisis counseling to the family.  The Center advocates also facilitate groups that educate and promote healing.  Family support group provides a support system that aids the non-offending parent in coping with his or her child's sexual abuse.  Topics addressed in this group include:  Identifying different types of abuse, stress management, managing their child's behavior and safety planning.  The Kids in Court program helps educate victims and their families about courtroom personnel and procedures through role-play in an actual courtroom.  Kids In Court stresses to the child that their role in court is to simply tell the truth

Florence Crittenton Home, Lexington, KY

BSW-Seniors only

The Florence Crittenton Home is a private non-profit, residential treatment facility that provides medical, nutritional, educational, and counseling services in a home-like environment for Kentucky's young women facing single pregnancy and parenting, abuse and neglect.  Opportunities for students include participation in the day to day functions of the organization, implementation of individualized treatment plans, crisis intervention, coordination of services, co-facilitating maternity and shelter psychotherapy groups, facilitating psycho-educational groups such and independent living and social skills and provision of psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, and individual sessions with supervision.

Kentucky United Methodist Home for Children, Versailles, KY

The Kentucky United Methodist Home for Children is a private, residential home for "at-risk" children ages 12-17.  Some children are committed to the state and in the custody of DCBS.  Bachelor level students will review referrals, attend clinical teams, interact with residents and set in on some sessions.  Bachelor students will also learn foundations of the agency and the client system with which they will be working.    MSW students will be assigned a client for full spectrum of services and they will practice treatment planning.

MASH House, Arbor Youth Services, Lexington, KY

MASH Drop Inn is a ten bed emergency shelter for youth ages birth to 17.  They offer a safe, home-like environment for runaway and homeless youth and youth awaiting placement in foster care, as well as those who access the Safe Place services.  The Safe Places services provide access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis.  Other services offered there include: emergency shelter, respite care, Beacon Station Outreach, (which provides enriching activities to youth ages 11 to 17 after school), transitional housing, 24-Hour Crisis Intervention, counseling and case management, parenting support, independent living skills development, information and referral and aftercare.  Practicum students will have opportunities to be involved in all aspects of the program especially working in case management, youth advocacy, (helping youth to set goals, making case plans), assessment and working in conjunction with DCBS, and being involved in the court appearances of the youth.  Advanced MSW students have opportunities for counseling with the youth, both individual and group, meeting with the parents, and working with problem solving.

Sunrise Children's Services  Danville, KY. Sunrise is an 18 bed psychiatric residential treatment facility consisting of two cottages joined in the middle.  It is for boys ages 6-12 who have had multiple hospitalizations.  Staffing is provided 24/7.  Some of the children are still in the home and some are in DCBS state's custody.  Each cottage is staffed with a therapist and a nurse.  Opportunities exist for individual, group and family sessions.

 

Church Social Work

Maxwell Street Presbyterian Social Services. Maxwell Street is a church rooted in Christ where people of diverse backgrounds, interests, hopes, and dreams find an open and welcoming spiritual community together, experience the transforming power of the Spirit, and engage in works of justice and peace, for the blessing of our community and world.  Through the church, a wide range of social services are offered to the homeless and marginally housed.  Students will get a basic idea of services available in Lexington and help with areas such as rent assistance, medical referrals, and other basic needs.  There are opportunities to work with many of the mission outreaches of the church such as: Kid's Cafe, a cafe for low-income kids operated at a neighborhood center; prison ministry; and serving meals.  Opportunities exist for experiences in administration and grant writing.

Christ the King Catholic Church, Refugee Ministry, Lexington, KY

Refugees come to this country as victims of trauma, as people who have lost their homes and families because of war, as people hoping for peace and freedom as they begin life anew.  Our program provides them with apartments and furnishings, helps enroll children in school, gets families to medical treatments, and secures employment for family members who are able to go to work.  Refugees come from very diverse educational and skill backgrounds, and we attempt to place the refugee in the best jobs available, given the client's language ability, background, training and experience.  Long-term assistance includes job upgrades, assistance with certain immigration processes, classes and assistance preparing individuals to become naturalized American citizens.  Students will help in basic resettlement services for refugees as is required by law.   Opportunities also exist for working with the various social service ministries within the church.                            

www.cathedral.cdlex.org

­­­Nicholasville United Methodist Church. Sandra Higgs, LCSW, is in the candidate process of becoming a Deacon in the UMC, and already has a role at the church.  Sandy is the Life Share Coordinator at Nicholasville UMC, coordinating a whole range of social work practice, from assisting the free, weekly Sat. meals program (Manna), clothing ministry, support groups (grief/loss, divorce; depression), program development (with children, teens, adults ministries -- perhaps with parenting classes, etc.), assisting her with community assessment and outreach to developing a resource manual of area services, etc., etc.   Sandy Higgs is at the church two days a week, but other staff are there more days a week (adult, child, teen, etc. workers).  She  would be the supervisor.  She would prefer having someone both semesters, but we don’t normally allow students to do both practicums at the same place.

 

Family Counseling

Family Preservation, Lexington, KY

The Family Preservation Program provides short term intensive in home visits for identified families.  Opportunities include attending staffing, working along side clinicians, assessment, treatment planning, support, counseling and follow up.  The work is with the whole family, not just the child

 

Health

Ephriam McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville, KY

Ephriam McDowell is a 222 bed facility that is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of people in Boyle and the surrounding counties. The hospital provides services to many patients in multiple areas of health care. Much of the student work will be involved in case management of patients. Masters students may gather information for the psycho-social assessment, plan and complete discharge services, make referral to community resource and place patients in nursing homes. Students may also learn about the legalities of adult and geriatric services. Involvement in a comprehensive behavioral health service on an inpatient and outpatient basis is also offered.

www.emrmc.org

Fayette County Health Department, Lexington KY

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) provides practicums for BSW and MSW students wanting to work in the field of HIV and STDs.  Learning opportunities include street outreach to drug users and sex-trade workers; providing case management to HIV infected clients and providing counseling services to clients concerned about exposure to HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org

 

Jobs/Workplace  

Goodwill Industries of KY.

BSW-Seniors only

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky (Bluegrass Division) serves individuals with disabilities and disadvantages.  The Workforce Development Department staff helps program participants in a variety of different programs.  The main focus of each program is to assist participants in obtaining and maintaining employment through providing the following services:

  • Intake & Assessment
  • Case Management
  • Referrals to Community Resources
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Job Placement & Retention Assistance
  • Vocational Evaluation / Assessment

Students will assist Workforce Development Specialists with intakes, assessments, referrals to community agencies, and will assist participants in either finding employment and/or helping participants maintain employment.  

www.goodwillky.org

 

 

Refugees

­­­­Christ the King Catholic Church, Refugee Ministry, Lexington, KY

Refugees come to this country as victims of trauma, as people who have lost their homes and families because of war, as people hoping for peace and freedom as they begin life anew.  Our program provides them with apartments and furnishings, helps enroll children in school, gets families to medical treatments, and secures employment for family members who are able to go to work.  Refugees come from very diverse educational and skill backgrounds, and we attempt to place the refugee in the best jobs available, given the client's language ability, background, training and experience.  Long-term assistance includes job upgrades, assistance with certain immigration processes, classes and assistance preparing individuals to become naturalized American citizens.  Students will help in basic resettlement services for refugees as is required by law.   Opportunities also exist for working with the various social service ministries within the church.                            

www.cathedral.cdlex.org

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Lexington, KY

Refugees come to this country as victims of trauma, as people who have lost their homes and families because of war, as people hoping for peace and freedom as they begin life anew.  Our program provides them with apartments and furnishings, helps enroll children in school, gets families to medical treatments, and secures employment for family members who are able to go to work.  Refugees come from very diverse educational and skill backgrounds, and we attempt to place the refugee in the best jobs available, given the client's language ability, background, training and experience.  Long-term assistance includes job upgrades, assistance with certain immigration processes, classes and assistance preparing individuals to become naturalized American citizens.   Students will help with basic resettlement services as is required by law. 

 

Senior Citizens

Adult Protective Services, Jess Co. Nicholasville, KY. The work is with individuals over        18 years of age who are suspected of being abused or neglected. Many are older persons. Some are young with physical or mental disabilities. The strength of this agency is the outstanding supervisor, the amount of direct client contact, and the opportunity students to do a lot of the work with clients. SENIORS ONLY

Jessamine County Sr. Citizen Center, Nicholasville, KY

The Jessamine County Senior Citizen Center serves seniors 60+ who are still in their home.  The agency goes into the homes and arranges for services such as personal care, homemaking, hospice or more skilled nursing care.  Each client's assessment is updated every six months with home visits made every other months and phone calls in between.  Referrals are also assessed from home health agencies.  The center also runs a senior companion program which is a service to seniors on a fixed income who are paid to go sit with others.  Students will participate in all services.   

http://www.bluegrasscommunityaction.org/aging_services.htm

Bluegrass  Area  Agency on Aging and Independent Living, Lexington, KY.

BSW-Seniors only

The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living plans programs to meet the needs of senior citizens in the seventeen county Bluegrass area. Beginning level students will work with case managers in all areas of case management, including home visits.  They will also work in the Consumer Directed Option program, which will involve working with clients of all ages with both physical and mental disabilities who have a Medicaid waiver.  These services provide in home care to avoid out of home placement.  Advanced students will have opportunities for macro involvement including budget, research, working with senior citizen centers, conferences, program management and other areas of macro practice.   Involvement in planning of the senior state games is also possible.

Faith in Action: Elder Outreach, Lexington, KY. Faith In Action recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteers to assist individuals age 65 or older who need support and care to remain at home.  The volunteers are key to the organization. Students will receive training to provide non-medical, in-home care and support to older adults and their primary caregivers.  Students provide assistance with daily living activities which could include: help with grocery shopping, meal preparation, respite care, transportation to and from appointments, friendly visits, reassurance calls, minor home repairs, yard work and light housekeeping.  Most of the student work will involve one on one time with the clients.  Opportunities also exist to learn about the administrative tasks of running the organization. 

 

Substance Abuse

Hope Center for Men, Lexington, KY

The recovery program provides a long-term recovery approach that is both peer-driven and professionally supervised. It teaches the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Recovery Dynamics curriculum in a community atmosphere that emphasizes both personal responsibility and mutual accountability.  The men’s program includes a non-medical, licensed detoxification center that has eight beds and is always open.  Practicum experiences include meeting with clients, attending the 28 classes in the program and assisting with homework.  Advanced student will have opportunities to do some counseling.  The mental health program provides service to those who are homeless due to chronic mental illness giving them access to the comprehensive psychological care that they desperately need.

www.hopectr.org

Hope Center for Women (Substance Abuse Recovery). Case management services are given to homeless women in recovery from substance abuse and chronic mental health problems.

http://www.kyumh.com/

 

Schools

Brookside, Rosenwald Dunbar  and Nicholasville Elementary and West Jessamine Middle School Family Resource Centers in Nicholasville.

Wilmore Elementary School Family Resource Center.  FRCs exist to help students and their families with issues that interfere with student learning and school success. Social work practicum students are engaged in all aspects of FRCs. This includes establishing tutoring programs, helping families find resources for health care, personal finances, etc. Students help coordinate family fun nights that bring students and families together for nights of enrichment and fun. Students work on issues such as Christmas central bringing gifts to children whose families might not be able to afford to do this. Students gain valuable experience in individual and group work with children. They also gain experience in coordination with other community agencies.

 

Violence

Fayette County Attorney's Office Victim Advocacy Division, Lexington, KY

The Fayette County Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Advocate Program, provides victims of domestic violence professional assistance through the court system. The victim’s Advocate Program assists anyone who has been the victim of domestic violence occurring in Fayette County. It is the responsibility of the County Attorney’s Office to offer and coordinate quality comprehensive victim services to crime victims.  Services offered include: crisis intervention for crime victims and their families, guidance through the criminal justice system and court support, safety plans, alarm systems, referral for 9-1-1- mobile phones, referrals to community agencies and organizations, service as a liaison with law enforcement agencies, courts and corrections, and assistance with crime victim compensations and VINE information. After some training, students will have opportunities to perform all the tasks of an advocate.

Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Lexington, KY and Danville, KY

The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Inc. (BDVP) is an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse and its impact on families and the community. They provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to meeting the needs of victims of intimate partner abuse as they strive to find healing and rebuild their lives as survivors.  Residential and non-residential services are available throughout a 17 county service area. The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program provides a 24 hour confidential crisis line, (1-800-544-2022) through which all services offered by the program are available.  These services include: 24 hour crisis and information line, emergency shelter, group and individual counseling for adults and children, case management services, legal advocacy, financial literacy; information and referral, emergency financial assistance, housing assistance and transportation.  The residential program has 32 beds for residents and their children with daily individual and group counseling and children's programs. The program also provides weekly non-residential group counseling throughout the Bluegrass Area Development District.  The BDVP provides legal advocacy to accompany clients to court, and act as liaison between clients and the court.  Financial Literacy training also assists victims in starting a new life free from abuse as they work towards self-sufficiency. Individual Development Asset building savings accounts help participating families save money with a 2 to 1 match that will assist with purchasing a home or continuing their education.  The BDVP also works with area businesses, groups and organizations to provide intervention, public education and professional training programs that raise awareness about intimate partner violence and reduce its impact.  Students have opportunities to be involved with the various services offered. 

www.beyondtheviolence.org

Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, Lexington, KY and Nicholasville, KY

BSW-Seniors only

The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center serves women who have been sexually violated in 17 counties in Central Kentucky and provides a full range of services including a 24-hour crisis line, medical accompaniment, legal advocacy, crisis counseling, long-term psychotherapy, consultation, and education.  Opportunities also exist to work with the Human Trafficking Taskforce.   Entry level experiences include co-presenting for events in community especially with prevention program in schools, looking through crisis counseling case studies, linking clients up with community resources, and shadowing agency staff.  Advanced practice includes crisis counseling, reviewing ongoing long term case studies, consulting with therapists after the client is discharged, and doing presentations under supervision.

www.bluegrassrapecrisis.org

Jessamine County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Advocate

BSW-Seniors only 

The student will gain a working knowledge of the Criminal Court System, specifically those cases which have a victim or victims of a violent crime.  They will gain an understanding of how cases progress through the criminal justice system from beginning to end and the impact this process has on victims.  Opportunities exist to work with victims directly, through education, keeping them informed about the status of their individual case, attending court proceedings, offering emotional support, guidance, and resources as necessary for each victim.  The student will have the opportunity to sit in on meetings between the attorney, victim and victim's advocate.  The student will attend monthly GUS (Growing Up Safe) meetings, where various members of the community get together to discuss potential and current child sex abuse cases.  A variety of skills are used in the Victim Advocate position.  First and foremost, it is necessary to be a support person, educator and empathetic listener for the victim and family members.  There are also organizational skills that are of great importance so as to stay on top of each case and keep victims informed in a timely manner.