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College Students Get Real-World Experience at KVC

For students, there’s no better learning lab than the real world. That’s why each year, more than 250 undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. nationwide students complete their internships or practicums at KVC. These students who learn about and help deliver KVC services like in-home family therapy, youth substance abuse treatment and psychiatric treatment in a hospital setting are working in a unique space where government, nonprofit agency providers and higher education intersect. Few other organizations offer students this diverse experience.

At KVC’s children’s psychiatric hospitals, medical students from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences rotate through each month and University of Kansas psychiatry fellows complete their child rotations in four-month placements. Nursing students from eight colleges choose KVC for their exposure to psychiatric nursing. In addition, KVC therapists mentor a new group of social work and counseling students each year.

KVC Kentucky’s practicum program is very unique. Staff person Megan Moore is also on faculty at the University of Kentucky, and teaches their practicum class on-site at KVC’s Lexington office each week. On Fridays, about 20 students gather for group supervision, discussing the work they were involved in that week.

KVC Kansas has 75-80 interns per year working in case management, counseling/therapy, and other social work related fields. Each Friday, the students gather for KVC’s Grand Seminar and learn about topics ranging from the child welfare system to job readiness.

Social work students intern each year at KVC’s Nebraska and West Virginia offices, and they enjoy unparalleled flexibility due to KVC’s in-home model. KVC’s commitment to meeting with families in their homes leads to evening and weekend appointments that work well for students and families alike, and students learn some of KVC’s best practice approaches.

KVC is proud to invest in the next generation of psychiatric, medical, child welfare and behavioral healthcare professionals. To inquire about interning at KVC, contact Stacy Yowell at (913) 322-4962 or syowell@kvc.org.