||DCF shall provide for a Social Work Internship Program
The Social Work Internship
Program (SWIP) is a Department sponsored educational internship, in a social work
related program, which allows DCF staff the opportunity of a one (1) year assignment which
results in a Master's degree for social work staff or a Bachelor's degree for support
|Mission of SWIP
||The mission of SWIP is to enhance the quality of services to
children and families through opportunities for social work staff to utilize professional
education to improve their casework and other service delivery skills.
supports retention of outstanding social work staff by providing opportunities for
professional growth and preparation for advancement.
Interns in this program will
- be better able to clinically assess and serve children and families that are referred
for physical and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment
- be better able to identify and meet the needs of children in the areas of
- temporary placement
- concurrent planning
- substance abuse
- family violence
- mental health
- juvenile justice.
|Who is Eligible
||Any DCF employee is eligible for SWIP if he/she:
- meets the employment eligibility requirements (see below)
- meets the academic eligibility requirements (see below)
- submits a complete application package to the Training Academy by the application
|Employment Eligibility Requirements
||Employment eligibility requirements:
- has, or will have, satisfactorily completed three (3) years of service by the start of
the educational internship
- is currently in good standing in one of the qualified DCF positions* prior to the first
day of the SWIP field placement assignment for which he/she is applying. This
requires authorization for release by regional or facility administration and all work
completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor.
*Qualified DCF positions for SWIP graduate degrees include
- Social Work Trainee
- Social Worker
- Children's Services Consultant
- Psychiatric Social Worker
- Social Work Supervisor
- Program Supervisor
- DCF Facilities staff.
*Qualified DCF positions for SWIP undergraduate degrees include
- Social Work Case Aides
- Social Service Assistants
- DCF Facilities staff
- Clerical staff.
|Academic Eligibility Requirements
||Academic eligibility requirements:
- is matriculated in one of the approved graduate or undergraduate degree programs, as
- has completed all of the degree requirements* toward graduation upon the completion of
SWIP. The sabbatical must include field placements (internships) and
coursework on a full-time basis.
*SWIP Graduate Degrees
- Candidates must be ready to complete field placements and coursework as full-time second
year or advanced standing students.
- The Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) does not allow MSW students to complete both
placements in any one agency. Since the majority of field placement opportunities
provided by SWIP are within DCF, students who anticipate applying for SWIP are encouraged
to do their first year internship outside of DCF.
*SWIP Undergraduate Degrees
- Candidates must be ready to complete field placements and coursework as full-time
|Approved Degree Programs
SWIP candidates may attend any accredited
institution which offers one of the following approved degree programs:
- Master of Social Work or Counseling
All MSW majors will be considered with preference given to specializations in Services
to Children and Families and/or Casework. A joint degree such as MSW/JD, MSW/MPH,
MSW/MA, MSW/MPA will be considered only for the internship and coursework in its final
A Master's degree in Counseling from Saint Joseph college must include a concentration
in Child Welfare Studies.
- Bachelor's Degrees
Sociology, Child Development, Child Welfare, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Criminal
Justice, Human Development and Family Relations, Human Services, Marriage and Family
Therapy, Nursing, Social and/or Human Services.
|Tuition and Expenses
||SWIP participants are responsible for all tuition and other
educational expenses. State regulations prohibit SWIP participants from accepting
tuition reimbursement provided by the P-2 bargaining agreement.
|SWIP Selection Committee
SWIP participants will be selected by a
committee composed of
supervisory representatives from the regional offices and facilities
field placement supervisors
a Training Academy representative.
The selection committee will use a
three-part selection process, as described in the table below.
Candidates will receive a rating score for each part. The three
(3) scores will be combined to arrive at a competitive ranking of candidates to fill ten
(10) SWIP positions in the fall - spring session and an additional ten (10) positions in
the summer session.
|Employee's written application materials:
- A current resume.
- A copy of the most recent performance appraisal.
- A copy of the personal statement which was submitted to the graduate school program.
- Four (4) references, including:
- One (1) from the Regional Administrator, Superintendent or Bureau Chief
- Three (3) from professional colleagues outside the Department with whom the employee has
worked in the past, such as community providers, clinics, foster parents, law enforcement,
|A competitive, written examination based on relevant social work
|Direct interviews with the employee and members of the SWIP selection
All candidates will respond to a case vignette and interview questions to
demonstrate critical thinking skills, experience and oral communication skills.
|Salary and Benefits
Participants will receive full salary and
benefits during their assignment to SWIP.
Accruals for retirement time, holidays, and sick, vacation, and
personal time will continue in accordance with collective bargaining agreements.
|Return to a Regional Office
Graduating interns are assured of
returning to an office in their original region and to the same level of position.
|Participant Obligation Upon Completion
Upon completion of SWIP, participants will
continue full-time service with the Department of Children and Families for a minimum of
two (2) months of service for every month of SWIP participation.
Participants who do not comply with this provision will be required to
reimburse the amount of salary received while participating in SWIP. The amount of
money owed will be prorated based on the percentage of time not completed.
An employee who owes 15 months of an 18 month commitment will be required to reimburse the
Department of Children and Families 15/18, or 5/6 of the salary he/she received while in
SWIP. If that employee received $30,000, he/she would be required to pay back
|Field Placement Assignments
||Interns will be placed in the following field assignments:
- Riverview Hospital for Children
- Connecticut Children's Place
- High Meadows
- Long Lane School
- Connecticut Juvenile Training School
- a DMHAS facility, or
- in programs designed by Regional Administrators.
Individual practice assignments (i.e., field days, group and family assignments) shall
be the determination and responsibility of the student's field instructor.
While efforts will be made to consider a candidate's preference for field placement
assignments, final placement decisions rest with the SWIP committee.
|Field Placement Responsibilities
||SWIP participants have the following responsibilities:
- Participants enter a learning contract with their field instructor which will be
approved by the SWIP Committee. The learning contract will clearly state the duties
and anticipated schedule for the field placement as well as the schedule for
- Participants must
- carry out their clinical and/or administrative duties in their field placement
- continue as a matriculated student carrying a full-time course load.
- Overtime pay and/or compensatory time will not be authorized for SWIP students for any
|Full-Time Course Load
- Participants must
- carry and complete a full-time course load to meet their school's graduation
requirements by the end of SWIP
- submit grades to the SWIP Committee each semester.
- Incomplete grades are unacceptable. Each SWIP participant must submit a copy of
his/her grade report each semester to the Training Academy and to his/her field
instructor. Failure to do so will result in termination from the program.
|Normal SWIP Work Week
- A normal SWIP work week in the fall, winter, or spring terms consists of three days (24
hours) at the field placement in combination with two days (16 hours) for which
participants will be released to attend classes and complete school assignments.
- Summer interns work five full days (40 hours) at their field placements and will be
released for class meeting times.
|Illness or Personal Emergencies
- If illness or personal emergencies prevent the participants from attending the field
placement or classes as scheduled, they must notify the field instructor and abide by the
rules and procedures for completing time sheets accurately.
- Requests for vacation require prior approval from the field instructor. Approval
is required to ensure adequate time for orientation to the clinical or administrative
setting, and for maintaining clinical relationships, meeting service needs, and
termination with clients.
- Time sheets must reflect all vacation time.
|School Recess Periods (Winter
and Spring Break)
- SWIP participants shall report to their field placements when school is not in session.
- Unpaid leave is not permitted unless the field instructor, the administrator and the
SWIP committee grant an exception.
- If classes are in session during a state holiday, SWIP participants are expected to
attend classes. No compensatory time or overtime will be granted for these days.
||The Department of Children and Families encourages its staff
to become increasingly competent and supports the pursuit of academic advancement through
- offers assistance in identifying field instructors and arranging internships within the
Department and with community partners
- provides the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) course without charge to prospective
new field instructors, including staff and community service providers
- encourages its supervisory staff to become Field Instructors with the possibility of
receiving $500 honorariums through the Graduate Education Support (GES) Program (subject
to Regional Administrator, Facility Superintendent, or Bureau Chief approval)
- may arrange flexible work hours for employees, depending on workloads and the
Department's ability to accommodate requests (subject to Regional Administrator, Facility
Superintendent, or Bureau Chief approval)
- maintains professional journals and literature at its Training Academy Library.
Its resources and the full-time Librarian's services assist DCF staff with research
requests on a wide variety of topics to contribute to the completion of educational
assignments, overall learning, and staff development. In some instances, textbooks
commonly used by the universities are available for students to borrow for the entire
- Reduced caseloads and $6,000 stipends are available to selected DCF staff through the
Graduate Education Support Program
- Department employees may be eligible for paid-release time to attend selected courses at
the universities. The curriculum must be certified by the DCF Training Academy at
least four (4) weeks in advance with Supervisor approval.