Lookout Mountain Community Services (LMCS) seeks to host student and volunteer interns enrolled in professional two year, four year, and graduate programs including but not limited to social work and counseling. LMCS recognizes that developing and maintaining a workforce appropriate in skills and numbers is critical to accomplishing the agency’s mission. LMCS’ mission statement is:
Through partnership with consumers, families, and communities, Lookout Mountain Community Services will provide quality, accessible, and cost-effective services to the residents of our service area by empowering our consumers to improve the quality of their lives based on their individual strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences.
LMCS partners with a number of institutions including but not limited to University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Dalton State College, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. An affiliation agreement between LMCS and the academic institution is required as a prerequisite to acceptance. Internship opportunities are dependent upon LMCS field instructor availability. Interns are selected based on merit via a competitive process without regard to race, color, religion, or gender. Interns are required to submit an application, resume, and letter of interest and complete an interview. Once accepted, students will complete an orientation process. Interns must provide their own housing and transportation. Interns may not operate agency vehicles or transport consumers.
The job description for student interns follows:
Under supervision, interns will be provided education and guidance to practice the highest professional standards as they conduct agency and/or organizational tasks, deliver services to consumers, and participate in policy analysis and/or application. The intern role is not to cover gaps in staffing shortages. Learning assignments may include, but are not limited to: observation of a variety of agency services and programs, attendance in program meetings and training, provision of clinical case management services to a small caseload and collaboration with families and/or other providers as permitted by the consumer, documentation of all rendered services according to regulatory standards, completion of psychosocial assessments and differentiation of diagnostic categories (masters students only), and active utilization of supervision to communicate learning needs, thoughts, and feelings, and link theory with practice by translating concepts into specific action. Student performance is evaluated based on academic requirements and expected internship outcomes. Intern performance evaluation is discussed upon acceptance to the internship. (Adapted from Richmond, Virginia Behavioral Health Authority www.rbha.org)
LMCS provides a variety of services to children, youth, and adults both in-clinic and in the community. Masters level students are eligible for placement in any of our programs and are most desired in-clinic, while bachelor level students may apply to community-based programs only. The student intern’s college or university must enter into a contractual agreement with LMCS prior to the student beginning practicum.
Student applicants must complete the following requirements prior to acceptance:
- Application, resume, letter of interest, and interview
- A statewide criminal record check will be completed at the student’s expense. Local sheriffs’ offices will provide this service for a fee of usually around $10.
- A urine drug screen will be administered by a LMCS provider and paid for by LMCS.
- Proof of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000 per occurrence/minimum $3,000,000 annual aggregate) is required.
Once accepted, student interns will complete the following orientation trainings:
- LMCS purpose, scope of services, supports, care and treatment offered including related policies and procedures;
- Consumer rights and responsibilities;
- HIPAA and confidentiality of individual information both written and spoken;
- Corporate compliance and critical incident reporting requirements;
- Cultural diversity;
- Person and family-centered services;
- Professional boundaries;
- Others as assigned.
LMCS seeks highly motivated and engaged students for internships. Some characteristics of ideal student interns are:
- Enthusiasm and initiative;
- Willingness to grow and learn;
- Willingness to take responsibility for consequences of personal and professional choices;
- Respect and appreciation for individual and cultural differences;
- Willingness to engage in and contribute to professional discussion and problem solving;
- Minimal defensiveness and willingness to engage in self-reflection and examination regarding personal dynamics in relation to professional supervision and practice;
- Preparation for and active participation in supervision
To apply for the LMCS Intership Program, download and complete the following application:
For questions, contact:
Lynne M. Cabe, LMSW, DPA
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Lookout Mountain Community Services
PO Box 1027
LaFayette, GA 30728
706-638-5580 ext 127