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THE CSWEI: A NEW PATHWAY has caused a change in CSWEI’s placement solely within congregational settings. CSWEI/CNP placements include organizations that serve immi- grants - primarily Latinos, refugees (Montagnards, Burmese, Bhutanese, Congolese), older adults, and persons experiencing homelessness (PEH). Community placement partners include Faith Action International House, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Center for New North Carolinians, Salvation Army Center of Hope, New Arrivals Institute, and the Interactive Resource Center. Each partner offers interns a unique learning experience, but the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) has evolved into CSWEI’s most robust program partner. The IRC is a day center for individuals at risk of or currently experienc- ing homelessness. The Center provides services to almost 200 “guests” a day. Created through community grassroots efforts, CSWEI became its sole social work guest services arm when the program became affiliated with the agency within two weeks of its opening. CSWEI’s presence is so large and the needs are so great that the organization built and designated five intern offices. CSWEI’s PD also conducts individual supervision there and convenes field seminar in designated space within the agency. The generous community office accommodation also allows the PD to be community- based, which is critical when students contact the PD regarding an at-risk client. With this central location, the PD can arrive at any local placement within 10 minutes. Initially located within a local Methodist church, the IRC’s size and scope of services quickly warranted a larger site. Internship Learning Opportunities CSWEI student learners are trained in CSWEI’s core services array: bio-psycho-social assessments, including treatment planning, crisis inter- vention, case management, education, advocacy, and therapy or supportive counseling, depending on class designation. These practice skills are well- honed during the pre-service training, especially risk assessments. Each service is available at every placement location, although the rate and fre- quency of utilization varies for individual service settings. For example, risk assessments are conducted daily at the IRC, who serve PEH with complex behavioral health and substance abuse issues, while therapy, education modules, and case management may be accessed more often at other sites, especially congregational settings. All of CSWEI’s services are low-barrier services without regards to cost, insurance status, or documentation status. The congregational nurse, clergy, and agency staff can refer individuals, or individuals may self-refer. Mental health. CSWEI’s mental health therapy services have also been a frequently-utilized service since the program’s inception, especially fol- lowing the global financial crisis. In its 2009-2010 report, NCDHHS found
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SOCIAL WORK & CHRISTIANITY 98 that Guilford County’s public mental health system provided services to less than half (43%) of individuals with mental health needs, and even
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  • Winter '17
  • Jennifer Jones
  • English, CSWEI

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