Agencies and organizations used as field instruction sites are selected on the basis of their commitment to service delivery and to providing learning opportunities for students.
The following is a partial listing of approved practicum settings frequently used as training sites in Houston, Texas. Available agency sites change from year to year. The field office arranges all field placement assignments. Over 100 agencies are active each year.
Listed below are participating agencies for CP (Clinical Placement) and MP (Macro Practice) in 2011 - 2012.
This is a hospice agency serving adult patients with life expectancies of 6 months or less. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, certified nurses' aides, social workers and chaplains. Bereavement follow-up provided to families of patients for 12 months after the death.
The major focus of the agency is on sexual abuse counseling for child and adolescent victims as well as for juvenile sex offenders. There are opportunities for inter-agency consultation and possible counseling in a residential setting.
The agency provides case management, links, and provides services to HIV/AIDS clients. There are programs within the agency such as the food program, women and children's program, and rental assistance, education and prevention program. Work includes one-on-one and/or group sessions with clients, case staffing, service plan development and psychosocial assessments, referrals to other social services agencies, rental assistance, job training, food pantry, homeless placement, community resources, and referrals.
This agency has a for profit and nonprofit side. The nonprofit is a program specifically designed for men who served ten or more consecutive years in prison with violent offenses. The for profit side is substance abuse, anger management and cognitive intervention counseling and psycho-educational classes.
AVANCE is a non-profit organization, which provides family education programs. AVANCE operates HEADSTART and Early Headstart programs which provide child development and educational services to low income families, in addition to comprehensive support services.
Baylor Community Programs is a grant funded experiential groups program aimed at reducing juvenile crime through teaching leadership problem-solving and character development. Interns will co-facilitate groups at middle and high schools in the Gulf to Pasadena areas, as we; as youth on probation. Interns will also serve as mentors to these youth, seeing them weekly at school. MP track interns can attend community meetings and work on advocacy projects with youth, as well as have exposure to the mechanics of a grant funded program. Some evening hours are available. (CP & MP) Houston, TX 77030
Strawberry Health Center, located along the north side of state highway route 225 in Pasadena, Texas, is one of the premier community clinics of the Harris County Health District. Thirteen full- and part-time physicians in all areas of expertise including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, occupational medicine, pulmonary medicine and podiatry staff the clinic. Strawberry has also a midwife practitioner for prenatal monitoring.
Students gain experience in counseling adolescents on risk reduction as well as on other psychosocial issues. This include one-on-one as well as group practice. This clinic has opportunities to learn about health issues related to adolescents and develop skills in counseling them on issues related to healthy sexuality. Students will also learn how to address various psychosocial issues with adolescents.
The BBB Education Foundation is a macro social work setting educating consumers to make wise financial decisions and how to avoid scams and schemes. The Texas SMP/Senior Medicare Patrol is a special program educating Medicare beneficiaries about fraud, waste and abuse. Funded through a grant from the Administration on Aging, the SMP program utilizes volunteers to provide educational seminars to beneficiaries.
The agency works directly with adults providing care coordination and intensive services for pregnant women and their children. Blue Basin also operates a managed care company that coordinates and manages the flow of clients through several treatment facilities in Texas. Interns interested in this program would be learning primarily about managed care, service coordination and client monitoring. Students have a variety of clinical, administrative, and leadership opportunities with this agency.
This is a Christian-based residential treatment center for girls with an eating disorder (ages 12-18). Day treatment for young women (18-35) is also provided. Horses are incorporated as a key component to their treatment modality. The agency addresses emotions, physical relations, psychological and spiritual aspects in treatment. (CP) Tomball, TX 77375
The mission of THE BEACON is to provide services that restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless. Programs offered meet the essential needs of the homeless while also working to lead these individuals to self-sufficiency. They also reduce the number of women returning to the criminal justice system by giving these individuals the tools they need to secure safe and productive lives, and also serve the medical and mental health need to homeless men, women, children and youth.
Catholic Charities is a non-profit agency providing a variety of services to the community that include counseling, children’s placement services, pregnancy/parenting services, infant/post adoption services, placement services for unaccompanied refugee minors, senior services, refugee resettlement services, and immigrant legal assistance. Placement can often be tailored to the interests of the students, pending availability of supervisors in each particular program. (CP) Houston, TX 77006
This program assists refugees with all aspects of resettlement and ensures that they are offered appropriate assistance. Services include: apartment location and assistance; reception of refugee families at airport; orientation; assistance with Medicaid and Social Security certification; transportation assistance; coordination of school enrollment for children; health checkups; financial assistance; after school literacy and skills training services and job development, placement, maintenance and career laddering assistance. The ultimate goal is that refugees achieve self-sufficiency through employment.
The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS) is the only full-service resource in Houston, and one of only three in Texas, that teaches children with mild to profound hearing loss to speak and read rather than use sign language. With the aid of advanced technology, highly trained staff and its listening-based approach to developing communication skills in the hearing impaired.
ChildBuilders is a small non-profit agency that has 4 programs which educate parents, children, teachers, and the community about the emotional well-being of children and their families. Students work with children of all ages, teachers, counselors, nurses, etc. in school setting; participate in conducting research and network with mental health professionals throughout Houston.
This agency is a children's advocacy organization dealing with policies and issues related to children of Harris County . The mission is to make children a priority in the community and to develop a set of indicators that measure how well children are doing, provide a fax alert to advocates, and address local public policy issues pertaining to children. Students gain information about problems, policy development and political realities affecting children, understanding of child advocacy in political arena, administration of non-profit fundraising, dealing with the media, and community organizing.
Communities in Schools of Houston is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization with the mission of surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The primary goals of CISH are to help students in at-risk situations stay in school and improve in academics, attendance and/or behavior. The CIS Campus Model is a comprehensive whole school and student level case management approach to help students stay in school; improve in academics, attendance and behavior; and prepare for life.
The agency serves grades K-12 in Brazoria County. The agency has a dropout prevention program for students in at-risk situations. Students will have the opportunity to facilitate support groups, conduct parental involvement activities, tutor, provide case management, make referrals, work on interdisciplinary teams in the school, organize after school activities, collaborate with community organizations, make home visits, fund development and participate in fundraisers to benefit at-risk students. They will also do crisis intervention, mediation, family involvement, and advocacy training. (CP) Houston, TX 77026
This agency provides services to youth and their families. This is a structured group setting with administrative duties including quality assurance, grant writing and case reviews. Caseworker tasks include crises intervention and prevention, linking families to resources, group counseling, presentations, resource fairs, attending trainings, and participation in program activities.
The mission of The Council is to keep the community healthy, productive and safe by providing services and information to all who may be adversely affected by alcohol and drugs. Services provided include clinical and treatment services, women's and children's services, school-based prevention and intervention, adolescent intervention, education and outreach services and other community-based initiatives for anyone who is seeking services or information for alcohol or other drug-related problems. (CP) Houston, TX 77007
Cypress Woods Care Center is dedicated to supporting the understanding that, all individuals, by their very existence, have the right to be treated with dignity, to be heard; to have their beliefs respected and to participate in decisions which affect their lives. Even though infirmities or disabilities may necessitate a degree of dependency, it is the function of every department and the responsibility of every employee and volunteer of Cypress Woods Care Center to provide safe, professional, and qualified care to all admitted persons in a manner that meets the individual needs whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual.
DePelchin Children s Center has been serving children and families since 1892. Today, they offer both Child Welfare and Behavioral Health. Interns are organized under the Behavioral Health division. The internship experience is focused on individual, family, and group therapy interacting with multidisciplinary teams. DePelchin offers excellent clinical supervision and a wide range of experiences with a diverse client population. There is also an administration track offered by Executive Management. This track offers an experience with a large social service/mental health agency that has excellent community collaboration experience.
DaVita Medical Center
The Center is a chronic outpatient dialysis facility. The services provided include staff assisted hemo-dialysis; self-care hemo-dialysis, and home peritoneal dialysis. The agency assists the patient in making arrangements with Medicare, The Kidney Health Program, Metrolift, and other community and governmental resources. Students conduct psychosocial evaluations, vocational rehabilitations applications, and other services.
ESCAPE Family Resource Center is a non-profit 501©3 agency, whose mission is child abuse prevention through providing parent and families educational parenting programs in the greater Houston area. Each student will be educated on child abuse awareness, prevention, and providing direct intervention programs in a classroom and home-based setting. Students will gain experience in delivering services in multi-languages (English, Spanish, and Chinese) and in various settings, such as, schools, community centers, faith-based locations, and shelters. Once student internship is successfully completed, interns may have the opportunity to continue with agency on a part-time contractor bases as a parent/child educator for programs they have received training. (MP) Houston, TX 77098
Family Service Center is a counseling agency in Galveston County serving individuals of all ages and their families. FSC also collaborates and provides services at multiple community-based settings to best serve client needs. Family Service Center provides mental health services to individuals and families who have been affected by problems in living as well as traumatic life events that impact their ability to function as responsible and fully-functioning individuals, employees, parents, youth and community residents.
The clinical department provides individual, marital, and family counseling to clients on a sliding-fee scale. The student in the placement works alongside therapists from a variety of disciplines, including LMFT’s, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Clinical Social Workers to provide the best possible services to clients. The student develops knowledge of inter-agency and community resources. (CP) Houston, TX 77006
Family Time Foundation
Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center is a non-profit agency that provides family and individual counseling on a sliding scale fee basis, free crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, and legal advocacy to all victims of crime including family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. The agency also offers education programs to the community on subjects relating to personal and family crisis issues, family violence, sexual assault, and other issues. Students are involved in individual and group counseling, play therapy with children, crisis intervention.
Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center
The Fort Bend
CAC is a children’s advocacy center working with children who are sexually and
seriously physically abused. It works through a multi-disciplinary team
including CPS, law enforcement, District Attorney’s Office, and community
members. Placement is for a student who wishes to perform therapy with
children. The intern will provide individual, group, and family sessions.
Interns will also work with the multi-disciplinary team.
(CP) Rosenburg, TX 77471
The agency’s mission is to assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children, achieve safety and self-sufficiency while striving to prevent violence against women. The goal of the Women’s Center, as the only service provider in Fort Bend County, is to be a resource for abused women and children who have nowhere else to turn.
Fresenius Medical Care is the leading dialysis company caring for more than 119,250 patients worldwide. Interns will work alongside an experienced renal social worker (LMSW) learning every aspect of a highly specialized aspect of medical social work.
A Garden Terrace is exclusively designed and staffed to accommodate the special needs of individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders. Because of the difficulties associated with Alzheimer's disease, Garden Terrace strives to improve the quality of life of the residents it serves and the family members who love them. Agency is a 120 bed long-term care facility for Alzheimer's and other dementia diagnoses. Areas of learning include psychosocial assessments, care plans, counseling, support groups, and community relations.
HATCH is dedicated to empowering gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning youth and their allies, ages 13-20, to become positive contributors to society by providing a safe social environment for GLBTIQA youth, offering role models and peer support, and sponsoring educational and community outreach opportunities.
Harris County Community Youth Services
This program provides prevention services for youths ages 10-17 including crisis counseling, information and referral, counseling, public speaking, and placement assistance and liaison between Children's Protective Services, Juvenile Probation Department, and schools. Students provide crisis counseling on school campuses and in the intake program, recruit and interview potential host families, conduct group counseling with parents and youth, and participate in a summer day camp program.
County designated intake center for youth ages 10-17 apprehended for class a misdemeanor, status offenses and conduct indicating a need for supervision. TRIAD Prevention Program is a consortium of three county agencies (Protective Services for Children and Adults, Juvenile Probation and Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority) working together to coordinate their resources to serve youth at-risk. TRIAD provides countywide prevention and early intervention services to divert youth and families from involvement with the CPS, mental health and/or juvenile justice systems.
Head Start is a federally-funded program for preschool children from low-income families. The Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the country. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free vision, hearing, nutrition and developmental screening, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a healthy setting. Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Children in Head Start are between the ages of three and five years old.
The Family Criminal Law Division (FCLD) is one of several specialized prosecution groups at the District Attorney’s Office. This division is staffed by prosecutors, investigators, social workers, case workers, and support staff. FCLD staff prosecutes domestic violence criminal cases and files protective orders. The Division has several full-time case workers and social workers who provide direct services to domestic violence survivors. Services include crisis and supportive counseling and assistance with filing a protective order. After training and with supervision, social work interns will also provide the same services. This is an opportunity to work with a diverse population in a fast-paced environment. Domestic violence is the presenting issue, but interns also work with mental health, substance abuse, immigration, and related issues. Student must be able to pass a criminal background check. (CP) Houston, TX 77054
The Harris County Hospital District is the public health care system for the nation’s third most populous county. Each year, the district provides more than one million healthcare visits to residents of Harris County at its 12 health centers, 1 dental center, 8 school-based clinics, 13 homeless shelter clinics, 4 mobile health units, Ben Taub General Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, and Quentin Meese Community Hospital. A field student will have the opportunity to experience every aspect of health care from Administration to Clinical Care. The student will engage with a variety of populations, communities, socioeconomic status clients, etc. This is a great place for a student to increase critical thinking skills, client interaction skills, assessment skills, treatment skills, clinical skills, and administrative skills. We welcome anyone who is interested in joining our team as an intern. (CP & MP) Several locations in the Houston, TX area.
The Psychological and Social Services Department is recognized as a specialized unit, and all therapists have at least a master’s degree in counseling or related services. The Psychological and Social Services Department conducted 8,281 counseling sessions and assessments of youth in the Detention Center in 2005 and also conducted 197 group counseling sessions.
The Finnigan Park Project was created to meet the educational, recreational and social needs of the community. This depression-era (1939) park has been redesigned as a multipurpose facility equipped to offer an array of health, social and recreational services for all ages. This idea was conceived by Commissioner El Franco Lee and implemented by his staff. The Finnigan Park Project is a partnership between Harris County Precinct One, the City of Houston, and Houston Independent School District.
The community centers located in Precinct One are considered "safe havens" for area youth. The centers offer a fun, interactive, and secure environment for kids of all ages. Many structured activities such as sport leagues, computer lessons, tutorials, after school, and summer programs are held at the centers daily. These facilities offer use of state of the art exercise equipment free of charge. Also, through a tight network of partners, many social service agencies are able to offer point of delivery services to constituents living in the surrounding areas.
Precinct2gether provides veterans, seniors and youth with services not traditionally funded by county government taxpayers. For example, the summer youth program helps children with educational activities in Precinct 2 Community Centers and the nursing home program tends to the needs of seniors who often have no family members in town to provide companionship or special attention.
Harris County Probate Court 3 oversees guardianship of approximately 950 wards that have mental illness, dementia, mental retardation, and head injury. Students visit and assess wards in nursing homes, private homes, personal care homes, and employment centers, etc. Students learn skills for psychosocial assessments while developing familiarity with various diagnosis and living environments.
Garden Oaks Elementary is located on the near northwest side of Houston. The school has 590 students and is part of the HISD’s Waltrip Feeder Pattern. Garden Oaks Elementary School has several academic programs that include traditional, special education, bilingual, Montessori, and a neighborhood vanguard program. Of the students attending Garden Oaks Elementary, 10% are African American, 69% Hispanic, 20% White, 1% are Asian. 77% of all students are economically disadvantaged, 45% are LEP and 67% of the students are At-Risk. Garden Oaks Elementary School is a Title I school-wide campus. Collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation and Greener Living In Houston provide students instruction in effective gardening methods. A major focus of the campus is environmental sciences.
T.H. Rogers is devoted entirely to providing the best education for special needs and gifted children from across the entire district. The specialized staff of over 200 addresses the learning requirements and unique needs of the very diverse student populations. A unique concept in educational programming is promoted in blending three diverse school programs: K-8 Vanguard Magnet, Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Preparing Students for Independence (formerly Program for the Multiply Impaired). All students must be granted a transfer to attend T.H. Rogers. T.H. Rogers is not a designated neighborhood school for zoned students. The ultimate goal at T.H. Rogers is for each student to become a well-rounded individual, reaching his or her full potential for the world in which he or she lives.
The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center provides a wellness program, education, advocacy and resources for people with aphasia, their caregivers, and the greater Houston medical community, creating a safe haven where participants can gather for therapeutic socialization and long-term recovery.
Houston Area Community Services (HACS, Inc.) Behavioral Health Program offers both mental health and substance abuse services in individual and group therapy formats. HACS, Inc. provides therapy sessions from multiple therapeutic approaches for individualized treatment services. HACS, Inc. currently operates a program titled, “Changing Women’s Lives” for Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse services. Furthermore, HACS Inc. also initiates groups depending on client needs. The Behavioral Health team at HACS, Inc. is a multidisciplinary fast paced team that can provide a thorough foundation to clinical experience.
The Houston Area Urban League is a non-profit, community based agency that provides programs to enable African Americans as well as other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. (MP) Houston, TX 77002
The federally funded Low-Rent Public Housing Program provides quality, affordable rental housing for families, seniors, and persons with disabilities at developments that are owned and managed by the Housing Authority. The agency owns and manages 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city. The Public Housing Operations Department manages 4,000 units in 19 public housing developments and more than 1,600 tax-credit units in six housing communities throughout Houston. The department oversees the operations of agency assets, provides maintenance, resident services, public safety and administers the agency's loss prevention program. The department also oversees Houston Housing Resource, Inc. (HHR), the agency's non-profit affiliate.
The Victim Services Unit of the Houston Police Department is dedicated to positively impacting the quality of life for the citizens of Houston by assisting victims, survivors, families, neighbors and businesses experiencing crime or trauma. A Victim Liaison assists victims and/or their families and provides referrals based on the specific needs of each situation. The Victim Services Unit is responsible for informing victims of their rights, notification and assistance in filing for Crime Victims' Compensation , information and referrals to area social service providers, community awareness and presentations, criminal justice support, assistance with property return, and victim advocacy.
Inner Wisdom is a community mental health agency that provides group counseling to individuals with psychiatric disorders including chemical dependency, grief and loss, etc. (CP) Houston, TX 77054
Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Provides physical rehabilitation, both in-patient and out-patient. Disability categories include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries; stoke amputees, post-polio, and cerebral palsy. Students have the opportunity to provide direct services to patients and families, participate and facilitate team rounds, attend and participate in social work staff meetings.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of shared beliefs. IM's Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston program provides a home delivered meal to home-bound seniors over 60. The program also delivers breakfast and weekend meals to the most frail and isolated seniors. The nutritional support helps seniors stay independent and in their own homes.
Intra Care Hospital
This free-standing facility provides a full range of psychiatric services to adults, adolescents and children, including inpatient/outpatient care. Social workers complete psychosocial histories/assessments, develop treatment plans, assist with discharge plans, provide individual, group and family therapy, provide case management, and attend weekly staffing.
Service is a non-profit human service agency for people of all ages and all
walks of life. JFS’s professional, highly credentialed staff offers mental
health and support programs for individuals and families including a
specialized program for individuals who suffer from chronic mental illness. JFS
also provides senior services and case management, community outreach, social
and educational programs, financial assistance programs and volunteer
opportunities. Intern will be expected to appear at least on Mondays and
Thursdays for 8 hrs each day. They will be responsible for carrying a
therapeutic caseload that involves individual therapy, family therapy, couples
and children in a therapeutic setting. Students will have 2 hours of
supervision weekly with 2 different U of H approved supervisors both of which
are MSW’s. Students will also attend psychiatric consultation with the
supervising psychiatrist a swell as 2 meetings per month with clinical staff.
(CP) Houston, TX 77025
With more than 60 years of excellence in education, Lamar CISD is a district deeply rooted in a proud tradition. LCISD offers the advantage of small school populations and a “hometown” atmosphere. Encompassing 385 square miles in the western part of Fort Bend County, the District offers superior learning opportunities, combining excellent teachers, progressive education theory and practice, as well as a state-of-the-art technology plan.
Legacy Community Health Services is a full-service, Community Health Center that provides comprehensive, primary healthcare services to all Houstonians in a culturally sensitive, judgment-free and confidential environment. Legacy has specialized in HIV/AIDS testing, education, treatment and social services since the early 1980s.We also provide care for other chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Generous financial support from individuals, businesses and charitable foundations allows Legacy to provide no-cost or low-cost healthcare services to nearly 40,000 men, women and children each year.
The Lighthouse of Houston is a private, nonprofit education and service center dedicated to assisting blind and visually impaired people to live independently. The Lighthouse serves approximately 7, 000 people each year and is a member agency of the United Way of Greater Houston. The primary goal of the Lighthouse of Houston is direct service to the individual. This includes not only providing direct service, but a continual commitment to improving the quality and relevance of this service.
Literacy Advance of Houston is a community based organization that utilizes trained volunteers to teach basic literacy skills to adults. They are the oldest and largest volunteer-supported provider of adult literacy service in Houston. Literacy Advance serves approximately 1,500 adult learner and 800 families a year through our literacy classes and family literacy events. Additionally, over 400 volunteer tutors manage classes in more than 15 sites in the Greater Houston area.
The Mayor's Citizen Assistance Office – Re-Entry Program motivates, educates, assists, and advocates for prison inmates and ex-offenders, providing assistance with employment, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, child support issues, parole issues, prison issues, cognitive intervention, life skill, support and referrals.
Memorial Hermann Psychiatric Response Team
This program is an around-the-clock psychiatric rapid response team to handle the sudden psychiatric Emergency Department patient influx after the closing of many inpatient psychiatric programs. This team serves 9 Memorial Hermann hospitals, as well as 9 other facilities in the region. Students respond to acute psychiatric situations at various facilities in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Memorial Hermann is a large not-for-profit acute care hospital in the Texas Medical Center. The hospital is a Level 1 trauma center. There is also a large children’s hospital. The Lifelight helicopter service covers a 130-mile radius. Students will enjoy a variety of rotations, including pediatrics and trauma. (CP) Several locations in the Houston, TX area.
TIRR is a
free standing hospital. Patients are admitted for recovery of catastrophic
injuries and illnesses. Students will work with patients and their families and
provide for the recovery services needed. Students will complete psychosocial
assessments, manage a case load of patients and families and participate in individual
and family counseling.
(CP) Several locations in the Houston, TX area.
The Methodist Hospital is a non-profit facility. Social Workers provide social services to all patients, their families, and significant others to assist them in coping with the impact of illness, and in helping them to achieve the maximum benefit of hospital services. Priority focus is on those at high social risk to enhance adjustment, quality of life and prevention of avoidable hospitalization and institutionalization.
MHMRA of Harris County is the largest community mental health center in Texas. The student would have an opportunity to work with consumers with a co-occurring diagnosis (mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities.)
STARS provides psychiatric, nursing, behavior analytic, psychological and social work counseling services to children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities including Autism, and co-occurring psychiatric conditions or severe behaviors. Also provided are consultative services to providers.
Mission of Yahweh
The Mission of Yahweh empowers homeless and abused women and their children. The agency not only shelters, clothes and feeds over 700 women and children per year, but is committed to rehabilitating women to become self-sufficient. The agency also supports over 4000 neighborhood residents with donations of food, clothing and other necessities. Through their series of programs, physical, educational, psychological, and spiritual needs of each resident and client are addressed.
Each year, Neighborhood Centers serves more than 264,000 neighbors across a 13-county region in Southeast Texas through a wide range of neighborhood-based programs. They strive to make our communities better places to live by working hand-in-hand with those who need it most – residents in emerging neighborhoods who might otherwise "fall through the cracks" of service delivery. Through our network of community centers and educational facilities – and through partnerships with other non-profits – we help our neighbors discover and develop their strengths and skills to become productive, self-sufficient individuals.
This agency is a private, non-profit organization located in Northwest Houston. NAM provides multi-purpose social services such as food pantry, assistance office, family violence center, homeless program, children’s clinic, shelter and energy assistance, and learning center. (CP & MP) Houston, TX 77090
Odyssey Hospice at the Hampton, is a licensed Medicare/Medicaid 15-bed hospice In-patient Unit facility, serving patients diagnosed with a terminal illness. The function of the In-patient Unit is to manage medically unstable patients experiencing symptoms that are too difficult to manage in their own homes or at their residential living area. In-patient care is usually transitional and once patient’s symptoms become stabilized, the discharge plan that was explored and developed at the time of patients admission will be initiated.
Odyssey House Texas is a long term, therapeutic community for adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 who are addicted to drugs/alcohol. Skill building in areas of assessment, case management, group facilitation, individual therapy, treatment planning and implementation would be part of field placement at Odyssey House. Knowledge of chemical dependency and how addiction impacts the entire family would be increased. Students would function as a member of the treatment team providing input into residents’ cases and treatment. (CP) Houston, TX 77085
Psychiatric/Aging Counseling and Education (PACE)
PACE is a partial hospitalization program offering a variety of services including adult mental health treatment, geriatric day treatment, outpatient counseling, and community education and addiction treatment. The program's mission is to provide excellent, humane services in a holistic environment.
SEARCH is a full-service provider of services for persons who are homeless. This field opportunity includes fiscal management, grant writing, volunteer recruitment, program evaluation, advocacy, program planning, and report development. It affords staff and client interaction, and opportunities to participate in community meetings, staff training, and agency/program meetings. (MP) Houston, TX 77002
Select Specialty Hospital-Heights Hospital
Select Specialty Hospital-Heights Hospital is a free-standing, long-term, acute care facility. They have predominantly geriatric population who are Medicare/Medicaid, low income population, and very little managed care.
A generalist agency that serves individuals, adolescents, couples and families who struggle with abuse, PTSD, OCD, substance-abuse, depression, bi-polar disorder, family conflict, rape, cutting, parenting, infidelity and various issues that affect much of our population.
This multi-faceted organization provides help to children who wait the longest for permanency and support services for their adoptive, foster and kinship families. Students experience group educational training, detailed family assessments to complete, recruitment, and home visits.
Spectrum Care Community Mental Health Hospital
Spectrum Care is a Partial Hospital Day Treatment Program designed to prevent patients from decompensating to the point of requiring full psychiatric hospitalization, and to act as a transition point back into the community for patients recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital.
St. Hope serves patients from various disease states that include but is not limited to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C treatment, HIV/STD prevention and treatment, heart disease, mental health, diabetes and cancer. Health centers are created with a private-practice setting atmosphere, offering a full range of medical, prevention and behavioral health services onsite.
Christ centered transitional living center for individuals who are homeless and are interested in actively participating in a program that will assist them in becoming self-sufficient. Offer a state licensed substance abuse program for women, Personal Development classes, On-site ABE/GED, state licensed on-site childcare center, afterschool program, counseling services, follow up program and a savings program.
The Tahirih Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. Since Tahirih was established in Washington DC area in 1997, it has assisted over 11,000 women and children fleeing from domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage and other forms of gender-based violence. The Houston Office was opened in 2009 and provides pro bono legal services in immigration law, and holistic social services to ensure that our clients can truly access justice and become self-sufficient members of our community. Students will have the opportunity to work with Licensed Master Social Worker and Case Aide in the social service program, learning how to work with victims of trauma, and developing skills in conducting basic needs assessment, mental health screening, providing case management services and information/referrals. Students will also be developing skills in supportive counseling, crisis intervention, safety planning, and be learning about the criminal and civil rights legal systems in order to work with immigrant women and children fleeing violence. Bilingual in Spanish is strongly preferred.
The mission of this agency is to improve life opportunities of low-income children and families through the provision of education, social and health services, and community development initiatives. Services provided include emergency shelter, housing opportunities, adult and youth schools, and youth empowerment.
(MP) Houston, TX 77019
Texana Center is focused on helping people with behavioral healthcare issues or developmental disabilities challenges make a positive difference in their lives. The agency provides social work and psychotherapy services to clients and their families who reside in the community.
Texas Children’s Hospital is an internationally recognized full-care pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. One of the largest hospitals in the United States, Texas Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the finest pediatric patient care, education and research.
TCPA- Project Medical Home delivers the highest quality pediatric primary healthcare, education, and social services support to underserved children in high risk communities at little or no cost. Experiences for students may include providing emotional support and resource assistance to patients and their families. There will opportunities to provide health education, insurance assistance, and community outreach. The student will learn how to address families in a non-judgmental and safe environment, how to document social work notes and perform psychosocial assessments when needed, and become familiar with the social work role in a pediatric multidisciplinary healthcare setting. (CP) Several locations in the Houston, TX area.Texas Department of Family & Protective Services-Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services can offer a placement that offers opportunities to work with the elderly and disabled population that are abused, exploited, and neglected and will learn how to create service plans for this population. Also, the intern will have exposure to administrative meetings such as a fatality review committee, exploitation advocacy committees as well. (CP) Several areas located in the Houston area.
The Community Development Program increases the accessibility of the arts in generally underserved communities while increasing the interest in and awareness of cultural programs in the greater Houston area. Through this program talents and creative abilities of artists are engaged to solve economic, cultural and social challenges.
The mission of the Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative (the Cloth) is to identify, mobilize, unify, stabilize, create and coordinate resources to nurture and enhance the bodies, minds and spirits of children, youth and families in the greater Third Ward area. Organizations join together "to weave a grassroots fabric to spread across the greater Third Ward community" to ensure adequate coverage for children and families.
The Mission of the UH Parent Education Project is to enhance the lives of at-risk children and families in the Greater Houston area. We are a totally grant-funded Project and a component of UH Learning & Assessment Services. The UH Parent Education Project offers services, free of charge, to families in the Greater Houston Area.
The Gulf States Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center (GSHTC) is dedicated to providing the best and most clinically advanced care of persons with hemophilia and other coagulation disorders. To maintain this standard of excellence, GSHTC has brought together a unique team of experienced professionals dedicated to providing comprehensive care to a culturally diverse population of children, adults and their families who are affected by the chronic illnesses of hemophilia, other bleeding disorders and clotting disorders.
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-Department of Social Work
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center was created by the Texas Legislature in 1941 as a component of The University of Texas System, is one of the nation's original three Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 39 Comprehensive Cancer Centers today. M. D. Anderson has ranked among the nation's top two cancer hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" survey since the survey's inception in 1990. The hospital treats an oncology patient population from ages birth on up with diverse cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Social workers provide supportive and counseling services to patients and families.
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement. In Texas, the focus is providing affordable low-income housing for seniors and a variety of services for youth, adults and families. Here in Texas we provide a variety of services such as foster care, affordable housing for the elderly and developmentally disabled, volunteer programs, and many other programs.
Located in Houston overlooking the lush Buffalo Bayou plains, Vosswood Nursing Center offers residents the ability to enjoy the lifestyle they are accustomed to while providing levels of care appropriate to their needs. Residents are considerately cared for using an interdisciplinary approach, allowing the staff to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individual residents. Vosswood Nursing Center strives to maintain the dignity and independence of residents, while assuring them that support is very close by.
Wesley's mission is a determined, committed, and comprehensive effort to fill the needs of Houston's underserved communities. Through childhood services, youth initiatives, senior program, and emergency assistance, WCC positively affects the lives of over 16,000 individuals a year. For more than 100 years, Wesley Community Center has dedicated its time and effort to improving the integrity of the Northside Village community of Houston while providing opportunities for personal growth to its residents.
The mission of The Women’s Home is to help women in crisis regain their self-esteem and dignity, empowering them to return to society as productive, self-sufficient individuals. This agency is a long term residential facility with women ages approximately 22-60 yrs. old suffering from primarily, mental illness and/or substance abuse (dually diagnosed). Intense psychotherapy modality and vocational rehabilitation used to help clients, become self-sufficient and able to manage their illnesses, work and relationships. A new program will offer affordable, permanent housing in a sober community complex.
YES Prep Public Schools exists to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace and committed to improving disadvantaged communities.
YMCA International Services is a unique center of the Y of Greater Houston. It was established in 1978 and has developed into a multi-service agency that provides holistic services to Houston's refugee and immigrant communities, with a special focus on facilitating and fostering self-sufficiency. We seek to improve the quality of life for refugees and immigrants by providing direct services in resettlement, employment, education, mental health, teen programming, case management and immigration legal services. These services are provided in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner and in a multitude of languages to meet the needs of our clients.