The Client Care Promise
"Above and Beyond guarantees that no client will ever experience a compromised or degraded counselor experience regardless of whom they are paired with.”
To submit your application or for any Intern Program Inquiries, please email Bryanna Tartt, Director of Intern Programs, at email@example.com. If you would like to mail your application please address to: Bryanna Tartt, 2942 W. Lake St.
THE INTERN PROGRAM AT ABOVE & BEYOND
Worse than this is the evidence -laden fact that the substance abusive populations we serve at Above and Beyond are virtually 100% diagnosable with Co-Occurring Disorders (those having one or more substance disorders and one or more psychiatric disorders at the same time) which tends to complicate their healing and return to full functioning members of society.
Above and Beyond has committed to building a highly educated, stable, experienced, and diverse behavioral health workforce as a top priority. Our unique Internship Program has been specifically designed to ensure our clients of the highest level of competency, by selecting emerging clinicians and substance use counselors from top colleges, universities, and IODAPCA certified training programs. At the same time equip the college students from the most lauded colleges and universities in the Chicagoland area with a structured program that specifically serves their educational needs while providing them with supervised and unparalleled direct client contact.
With a full-time LCSW on staff, dedicated solely to the selection, training, and supervision of all Interns. Above and Beyond is proud to call its Intern Program one of its most original and differentiating characteristics.
BENEFITS TO OUR CLIENTS
Without this exclusive program, we would not be able to make our “Client Care Promise”.
Since Illinois does not require Substance Abuse Counselors to graduate from programs that have any particular accreditation, counseling can legally be provided by a myriad of acronymic titles like CAAP, CRSS, CADC, NCRS, SAP, and many others, all of which are credible, honorable credentials requiring testing to acquire, but do not meet Above and Beyond’s higher standards of requiring a Master’s Level of Education in Mental Health or Social Work or equivalent with additional verifiable training in Substance Use Disorder.
Many of our clients have previously experienced major recovery obstacles in other programs because their counselors did not seem to have the experience necessary to help them. This is not the case at Above and Beyond because of our commitment to provide the “Highest quality of evidence-informed or based substance abuse counseling and treatment available anywhere to the populations who need it the most, regardless of their economic status or ability to pay for these services.”
BENEFITS TO THE INTERNS
Besides the life-altering experience of being in direct daily contact in the addiction field, the Above and Beyond Internship Program shows emerging clinicians and SUD counselors how they can reduce the negative impacts of mental illness and substance use through a variety of fields. A partial list of Internship focuses might look like: the list below, but we are very open to any creative intern ideas or original research;
Substance use and mental health prevention and treatment, which includes:
Treatment Plan co-authoring with clients
Referrals, linkages, and alternative resource sourcing and maintenance
Record Keeping (our EMR is KIPU).
Consultations with other professionals
Every intern has the opportunity to achieve a Primary Certificate in REBT that meets the criteria of the Chicago Institute of REBT. Above and Beyond offers free Primary Certificate weekend Practicums several times a year, so all interns can participate in these as an added benefit.
In addition, the industry tradition of misusing Interns for purposes other than what their programs specifically call for is completely side-stepped. Weekly supervision is assured and program requirements are meticulously recorded. Audio/Visual recordings has been utilized for use in clinical discussions so that improvements can be made and clients are never used as “guinea pigs” in the education process.
INTERN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Interns are required prior to participate in training and meetings held at Above and Beyond.
Upon completion of every Above and Beyond Intern Program, a framed Certificate of Completion can be displayed proudly and will represent a lifelong adoption into the Above and Beyond family!
BENEFITS TO UNIVERSITY PARTNERS
The schools we work with are very vocal regarding the credibility and uniqueness of our program and they serve as our most virulent references.
Working individually with each school to prepare a custom curriculum that fits the coursework and expectations of each institution so that all parties know what to expect. Our MOU’s (Memos of Understanding) with the finest schools in the Chicagoland area represent one of the most consistent and diverse student intern inflows in the state, requiring each student to meet rigorous minimum standards in order to assure a high level of competence and adaptability that our clinical protocol demands.
Although we primarily work with Master’s equivalents in education, we also welcome all levels of CADC’s seeking our unique experiential internship to whom we dedicate a fixed percentage of opportunity. We feel strongly that all walks of professional pursuit must be acknowledged and given a chance.
BENEFITS TO ABOVE & BEYOND'S MISSION
One of the organizational advantages to providing structured, high-quality intern experiences is the opportunity it gives Above and Beyond to select and develop our future talent based on direct observation and interaction over time. We’ll make fewer mistakes in the acquisition of talent.
Our groundbreaking Intern program:
- Affords us a flexible workforce that is more capable of being woven into a fabric of talent that covers us capably from the front door to the back door, creating optimal efficiency.
- Assists us, as an organization, in the application of the latest strategies and techniques in the field.
- Maintains connections with colleges and increases visibility on campus.
- Promotes community involvement which is an excellent public relations tool.
- Recruits other students and generates enthusiasm.
- Creates awareness of the field for potential hires.
- Insures the Interns that their time will not be abused and that they will be treated in the most professional manner.
- Gives back to the community by teaching their prospective workforce.
Everyone wins: Our clients get a guarantee of being exposed only to the best-proven talent in the marketplace; our interns are guaranteed of not being mistreated or receiving a “less than” level of training; our linked schools who provide the Interns are assured of a structured, customized experiential program that will churn out well-seasoned, balanced, and trained professionals; Above and Beyond is graced with a steady flow of ϋber-qualified, highly-educated candidates who can be vetted before hiring.
Short Addendum Regarding a Germane but Little-Known Trend
Not all of our interns are youth. We have seen an uptick in the average age of intern applicants that reflects paradigm changes in the lives of those who have been touched by substance use disorder, either directly or indirectly. A great many otherwise accomplished citizens are choosing to embark upon new journeys in the “afternoons of their lives” which enhances our client's experience by pairing them with counselors who bring with them a wealth of valuable life experience.