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Social Work

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Your commitment to professional social work that can improve the well-being of children has an important place at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. We offer numerous and varied training and work opportunities throughout the center and the Johns Hopkins Hospital for social work staff and students. We provide fieldwork instruction and continuing education programs that satisfy state requirements and enrich your practice of pediatric care.

Learn more about how our staff development and field education programs can help you advance your social work knowledge and practice.

Field Education Program

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a tradition of commitment to professional social work education. Fieldwork is an important component of social work education. It is through the integration of the theoretical material presented in the classroom and the opportunity for guided fieldwork practice that students are prepared for professional practice. The goal of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Social Work Field Education Program is to prepare students for practice in a manner that reflects the principles underlying the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Intern applicants must have an excellent educational foundation, superior communication skills, and the ability to adapt to a complex and fast-paced organization. Students seeking admission to the Field Education Program must be referred by the Field Education Office of their graduate program. Internships are enhanced through weekly seminars, which are a cornerstone of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Field Education experience. Seminars expose students to diverse and scholarly presentations from social workers throughout the institution.

The Field Education Program is centralized under the auspices of the Social Work Council at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Questions or inquiries about the Field Education Program can be directed to:

Louise Knight, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.-C., O.S.W.-C., F.N.A.P.
Director, Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Program
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
401 N. Broadway, Suite 1210
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: 410-955-8959
Fax: 410-955-4632
scherlo@jhmi.edu 

Professional Training

Each social worker at The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is master’s prepared and holds a Maryland Social Work License at the L.G.S.W., L.C.S.W. or L.C.S.W.-C. level. Supervision is provided for licensing requirements in Maryland and to encourage advanced licensure and continued professional development.

Staff Development

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Social Work Staff Development Committee facilitates continuing education programs that satisfy state requirements and enrich practice. Additionally, there are numerous and varied training opportunities throughout The Children’s Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital that are available to social work employees and students. 

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