The Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI)

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What is the CSWEI internship program?

Community Health Foundation LogoThe program offers master and bachelor level social work students from North Carolina A & T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro a non-traditional opportunity to complete their internship requirements by providing community-based social work services to Greensboro area congregants/residents. Partnering with nurses from the Congregational Nurse Program and working with designated churches and other faith-based entities, the social work intern and congregational nurse provide health and mental health/wellness services

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Mission and Vision:

Using an interdisciplinary team approach, CSWEI provides social work services to underserved, vulnerable individuals in easily accessible, community based settings within an enriching learning environment to enhance student mastery of social work competencies. CSWEI services target the following high risk population groups; immigrants and refugees, older adults, and individuals and families who lack permanent housing. CSWEI endeavors to provide effective, comprehensive social work services to all clients, regardless of ability to pay or documentation status.

Program Structure:

The CSWEI team recently expanded and is currently comprised of 14 students; 7 BSWs and 7 MSWs. Its services are overseen by the Initiative’s Program Director, who is dually credentialed as both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Nurse.

CSWEI (Internship) Placements:

In an overwhelming majority of placements, CSWEI is the only access for social work services.

  • 20 Faith institutions encompassing diverse faith practices and religious beliefs
  • Three non-profit agencies [Service focus on non-permanently housed clients]
    • Interactive Resource Center
    • Greensboro Urban Ministry-Weaver House
    • Salvation Army
  • Three community centers [Service focus on immigrants, refugees, and the aging]
    • Willow Oaks Community Center
    • Glenhaven Immigrant/Refugee Community Center
    • Ashton Woods Immigrant/Refugee Community Center

CSWEI Services:

  • Assessments: Using a strength-based, biopsychosocial approach.
  • Supportive counseling/therapy: Using evidenced based practices including cognitive behavioral approaches and motivational interviewing.
  • Linking and Coordinating (Case Management): Providing access to and navigation of the service system.
  • Educational Services: Students research, develop, and present educational modules that address a variety of health and mental health/substance abuse concerns.