Northwestern University Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease is offering a one-year postgraduate social work fellowship dedicated to the education and training of social work professionals who are interested in developing a strong knowledge base of dementia disorders, enhancing clinical skills with persons living with neurocognitive disorders and their families, engaging in collaborations with underrepresented minority communities and expanding their ability to conduct research.
We are seeking an exceptional social worker who demonstrates a pronounced interest in working with persons with neurocognitive disorders and their families as well as an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The goal of this fellowship is to produce social workers who will become leaders in this field.
The Social Work Fellowship in Neurocognitive Disorders is open to Social Workers with Master’s or Doctoral degrees and falls under the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The Fellow will work closely with members of the Social Work Team within the Center. We will provide the Fellow with ongoing clinical supervision by licensed clinical social workers with extensive expertise working with persons living with dementia and their families.
Attend and fully participate in the Social Work Fellowship in Neurocognitive Disorders Seminar Series. Demonstrate integration of the material in clinical work, presentations, community engagement and research.
Provide co-facilitation for education and support programs such as: 1) Support and Education for Early Dementia (SEED), 2) support groups, and 3) The Buddy Program for persons with dementia and their families. Assist with data management, communication with participants.
Participate in the interdisciplinary healthcare team of the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic and the Northwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Clinical Core. Formulate psychosocial assessments and provide education, counseling and linkage to appropriate community services to persons living with dementia and their families.
Develop and carry out research project including IRB application. Present results at the annual Alzheimer day. Complete a scholarly paper.
Participate in the coordination and planning of major annual educational events including Alzheimer Day and the PPA Conference.
Develop collaborative community relationships with health and social service agencies with special emphasis on underrepresented minority communities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in social work or related field.
Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in working clinically with persons living with neurocognitive disorders and their families.
Demonstrated interest in developing research skills.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
COW - Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
ORG - Good organizational and time management skills.
PRS – Good problem-solving skills.
CUF - Customer service focused.
MEETS DE - Ability to work accurately with interruptions, to meet deadlines.
COMP - Good computer skills with experience in word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.
Master’s degree in social work, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Clinical counseling skills with individuals, families and groups.
Skilled in research methods.
Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
Experience working with diverse communities/demonstrated cultural competence.
Conference planning experience.
Skilled in statistical analysis software such as SPSS.
Skilled in qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40166
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.